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Stunning and friendly!

I consider this a must-do if visiting the Hills! Even if you ride or walk a small segment, see... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Great way to see the Black Hills

My wife and I did 20 miles north of Hill City, heading south where it was mostly slightly downhill... read more

Reviewed August 8, 2019
Harold W
Orange Park, Florida
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112-mile rails-to-trails project which goes through the Black Hills.
Deadwood, SD
+1 605-584-3896
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I consider this a must-do if visiting the Hills! Even if you ride or walk a small segment, see parts of the Hills that few see who stay on the highways.

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed August 8, 2019

My wife and I did 20 miles north of Hill City, heading south where it was mostly slightly downhill. Most of the way was in the valley right next to the river, with fantastic views of the hills on both sides of us. When we...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Harold W
Reviewed June 26, 2019

So much history and great family ride! Very beautiful the entire way! Favorite moment was seeing Crazy Horse from the trail!! Highly recommend!

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Gena H
Reviewed June 25, 2019

This is a gorgeous trail, the key is to pick a section of the trail that matches your level of fitness and goals. My mom hadn't been on a bike in 30 years and did great on the stint from Rachford to Mystic, it was...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank smntk3
Reviewed March 19, 2019

I loved this 109 mile trail. Some spots were next to the highway but not enough to ruin the trip. I used my trike and gates were easy to get through, I went both ways and going up the hills was slow but doable. Saw...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Debbie W
Reviewed March 18, 2019

The Mickelson Trail is one of the must-have experiences on the Black Hills, I have run the half-marathon on this trail in the summer and snowmobiled on it in the winter. Beautiful yearound!

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank OttoMattic91
Reviewed March 11, 2019

As Rail-Trail supporters, we were excited to learn that the Mickelson Trail passes about 110 miles through the Black Hills where we were planning our vacation. We purchased a trail pass in advance by mail ($4/ day or $15 annual), and reserved hotels one night...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank CrankingChick
Reviewed September 30, 2018

The George S. Michelson Trail is a walkway that extends for 109 miles from Lead to Edgemont to Deadwood and through the Black Hills of South Dakota. And that's not counting about nine additional branch trails, including a three-mile paved link from Custer to Custer...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Taylor B
Reviewed September 10, 2018

This is a great trail for hiking or biking. We biked about 10 miles of it to visit Crazy Horse. It's hard-packed (mostly) gravel, so no road bikes need apply especially at the end of a rainy summer like this one was. Use extra caution...More

Date of experience: September 2018
3  Thank Tracy L
Reviewed August 21, 2018 via mobile

We really enjoyed this trail for riding bikes. There are many beautiful views. We started in Hill City.

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank jackielynn90
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Brenda F
August 13, 2019|
Response from Harold W | Reviewed this property |
Well, it's really best used for walking and biking longer distances to see all the beauty and surroundings along the trail. But you could certainly park at a trailhead and walk a short distance in either direction from the... More
July 30, 2019|
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Response from Harold W | Reviewed this property |
I agree. I think you need either a mountain bike or a hybrid, but not a road bike. There are plenty of good rental places if you only have a road bike.
July 3, 2019|
Response from Jessica H |
Starting in Deadwood and going to Hill City. That is by far the most scenic but also the most hilly! Keep in mind there is not much cell service from around Rockford.