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Black Hills Trailside Park Resort

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24024 US Hwy 16/385, Hill City, SD 57745
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#5 of 20 Specialty lodging in Hill City
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We are a Beautiful Resort near Mt. Rushmore. We have amazing cabins, a fully furnished luxury loft, 35 full hook-up RV sites, and 10 awesome tent sites!! We have the Mickelson Trail running through our property and on-site bike rental/shuttle service, as well as a really nice creek going all the way through our campground perfect for fishing. Come see why everyone likes staying with us!
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Anita C wrote a review Jul 2022
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Park near highway and loud. Do not make reservations, they jack you around and take your money. THey are hard on dogs, it is gravel and maybe dusty. I will never stay there again. the only thing is that is is near Mickleson trail. and next to Dollar General
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Date of stay: July 2022
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We're sorry to hear you feel this way. The Cancellation/Refund Policies are available on the website and are sent via email when a reservation is made. Thanks for understanding.
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Kelly B wrote a review Aug 2021
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Stayed in bur oak 4 nights, nice outside minus the grill lid that is not hinged. Bathroom far from luxurious crickets and spiders in the shower. Mirror has a sign at the top covering a large part of the mirror not leaving much mirror space. Need to close the door to use the mirror. No where to place anything in the bathroom since the vanity is VERY small. Kitchenette warning bring your utensils and plates!! Small fridge not full size!!! Beds let's just say the top bunk you could not sit up in bed without hitting the ceiling. Bottom bed you feel closterfobic and afraid you will hit your head!! Just saying if you are looking for "luxury" this is not the place! The pictures make it look better than it is.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
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Brenda P wrote a review Jul 2021
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Just returned from a week in Hill City...so glad a friend told me about Trailside. Would absolutely recommend their cabins. Hill City is a short drive from Custer Park...we could hit the trails in the morning and be back to the cabin to grab a quick lunch and chill out before our next outing. The cabins are slightly more expensive than a hotel room but I ended up saving since we were able to prepare most of our meals at the cabin vs eating out. The cabins are very clean and comfortable. We could turn the AC off and it would maintain a comfortable temp when we returned (even on 90+ deg days). They are also very solid...we had a few storms pass through and I barely heard them. There are a good number of outlets for devices and such. Our cabin had a covered deck...it was my favorite place to enjoy a cup of coffee and a bagel in the AM. The deck feels very private even though the cabins are close together. The campsite as a whole is very quiet, it is close to a busy road but I couldn't hear the road noise and I found that proximity helpful. I found the staff friendly and very helpful. A few things to be aware of: Wifi: Trailside advertises wifi. There is wifi but it is not a strong signal and is rarely strong enough to actually use...my son and husband would take little walks to the office building to get a stronger signal. We had great cell service...so if you need to be on your phone you may consider upping your data plan before your trip. Cabins: They are dark...you can't turn a light on without disturbing someone who is sleeping. I usually just opened the door and used daylight as my extra lighting. Also women...if you need to do something with your hair other than blow-drying or want to apply makeup...bring a mirror and just do it outside. As mentioned above the cabins are clean but the main cabin has carpet...it was technically clean but there are spots in the heavy wear areas. There is a kitchenette...I wish they would consider upgrading the very minimal-sized dorm fridge to a slightly larger dorm-style fridge (one that has a separate freezer). I expected this fridge size but I think they have the space to make a little upgrade.
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Victoria G wrote a review Jul 2021
Madrid, Iowa10 contributions3 helpful votes
Nice location, safe. Mostly for RV and their luxury cabins. Very few tent sites, no shade at tent sites. Pretty friendly, nice restrooms and a pretty stream running through it. The portapotty was nearly "full" but flush restrooms were available. Glad we were able to stay but wouldn't tent camp there again.
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
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JCJake wrote a review Aug 2020
Saint Paul, Minnesota793 contributions506 helpful votes
Overall we had a pleasant stay and the employees were very nice which can make all the difference in the world. It was a big bonus to me to be directly on the Mickelson Trail as I enjoy biking that on a daily basis when visiting. You can purchase your bike trail in the office for cash. While I do not want to discourage anyone from staying here I have to be honest in saying that had I understood better what was offered I would have selected a different option. The cabins are newer, clean and neat and perched up on a hill overlooking the campground and Mickelson Trail. While there is a kitchenette with microwave, toaster, coffeemaker, sink, gas grill on deck and dorm size frig, there is nothing else (a napkin dispenser and few old washcloths to use as rags, and a very small tv with cable channels). I was informed to bring my own dishes but I wasn't clear that this truly meant any, and everything I might want to use in a kitchen - dish soap, dish scrubber, can opener, pan, etc... We were able to make it all work, but a few common things stocked would have been nice. Linens were stocked and the bathroom towels were really nice. A few toiletries also provided. I brought lysol wipes which is a nice way to do a quick tidy up if staying in a place for a few days or more. I also had dish soap, and kitchen towels. The cabin is dark inside with only 4 windows (1 bathroom, 1 over table, 1 over couch and 1 in the door. The bedroom area had no windows. When we were in the cabin it felt very cut off from the beautiful black hills. There are 2 ceiling lights operated with 1 switch, 1 bedside lamp and 1 ceiling light in the bathroom. We really wanted a light over the kitchenette area and over the bathroom sink. Lastly, the cabin is spacious which is nice but there were no options to store our luggage. There were 3 hooks in the common area, but no luggage rack(s), no hanging rod or shelves. It would be a major improvement to simply add a rod with hangers or a dresser or just a couple luggage racks. We stored our open luggage on the floor for our entire stay which, for me, is uncomfortable. There are 8 cabins - a row of 5 ,and on the other side of a driveway, there are 3. For these 8 cabins there are 2 fire pits. One is in front of the Little Linden cabin, and if occupied, there's a good chance those people will feel it is their's alone. The other is in front of the ponderosa cabin but across a little driveway so it feels more communal. We lucked out in not having an issue using 1 of these 2 when we wanted a campfire, but had the cabins been more full or others already using those fire pits, we would not have felt comfortable approaching and/or sharing with others. I understand why each of the cabins can't have their own (too close together and fire hazard reasons), but this was certainly a letdown from our perspective. Also, I reported that our bathroom sink water smelled very musty. They were receptive to this info but it persisted for our entire stay. Again, to me, this was really off-putting. I could smell it and taste it. The shower and kitchen sink didn't have this smell. One day as I was blowdrying my hair, and the sink was off, I still could smell the mustiness when I had aimed the hairdryer at the faucet. So the smell is really in those pipes. Not sure if this was just our cabin. The cabin was neat, clean and the deck was inviting (ours was covered and fairly enclosed) and quite private. It's a nice spot for eating, playing games, etc... The campground is on the smaller side and is located on the edge of town. Laundry is not on site but you can literally walk to it behind the Conoco station next to the campground (change available at the front counter). There is a dollar general across the street and a car/utv rental directly in front of the campground which is convenient if you want to do this. We stayed in Quaking Aspen, but I'd recommend Ponderosa. It just seemed to have a great view and overall location. Or Little Linden which is very close to one of the 2 fire pits. Again, I'm not discouraging this option, but rather giving an honest overview of how we experienced our stay and what would have made it more appealing to us.
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Date of stay: August 2020
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Room Tip: Cabins - for privacy select Quaking Aspen. For great view - Ponderosa, Little Linden
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Response from RJ Inskeep, General Manager at Black Hills Trailside Park Resort
Responded Aug 29, 2020
We consider reviews by actual customers to be an important part of our business because it reflects upon how well we serve our customers. We will continue to work extremely hard to please everyone who comes through our doors.
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NatashaBolli wrote a review Jul 2020
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We had a group of bicycle riders that were riding the Mickelson Trail, so we camped at Black Hills Trailside Park. The staff was friendly, helpful and the bathrooms were super clean and even had little shampoo's, lotions, etc for campers use. The staff plugged in the e-bike battery for us, so it would be charged and ready to go, which was super appreciated. The location was convenient to town and everything else we needed and we were able just to start our bike ride from out campsite. The night before we had stayed at Whistlers Gulch in Deadwood, SD and it was the WORST camping experience I've ever had in 40 years of camping. The showers barely trickled out water, they switched our reserved campsites to sites without running water, extremely small sites, and no picnic tables. The staff was rude to us and disregarded our complaints and told us the booking agent should never of booked us in our original sites, so it wasn't their fault. They were the most expensive campground we went to in our 7 days of camping in the Black Hills. We loved Black Hills Trailside Park Resort!
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Date of stay: July 2020
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Response from RJ Inskeep, General Manager at Black Hills Trailside Park Resort
Responded Aug 29, 2020
Thank you for such a kind review! We consider reviews by actual customers to be an important part of our business because it reflects upon how well we serve our customers. We will continue to work extremely hard to please everyone who comes through our doors. We hope you come and stay with us again!
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Adam J wrote a review Jul 2020
Eagle, Wisconsin27 contributions3 helpful votes
This is a great central location to enjoy all the attractions and towns nearby. The camping area for motorhomes/campers is very tightly packed - hard to drive through at times with trucks and popouts on both sides of the driveway. A little expensive for a simple water/electric site. Several sites are directly below insanely bright parking lights that make enjoying a fire at night difficult. Our popup camper would have had a lot of light coming in even with shades drawn if we hadn't had a huge RV blocking most of the parking lot light for us. Very clean showers and bathrooms. Never got the wifi to work for us the 3 days we were there. Would be nice if they had ice on site, but could get it at the Dollar General across the street.
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Date of stay: July 2020
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We consider reviews by actual customers to be an important part of our business because it reflects upon how well we serve our customers. We will continue to work extremely hard to please everyone who comes through our doors.
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Midwest Traveler wrote a review Jul 2020
Alcester, South Dakota5 contributions
Nice little family owned campground with cabins in a great location in the heart of the Black Hills. The campground was basically just their parking lot, but we stayed in a little apartment above the offices that they call the Mikkelson Suite. It was perfect for our large family of six! The staff was very friendly and accommodating. The large one bedroom apartment’s only downfalls was that it is very bright all night long and could use some shades or blackout curtains, and the mattresses on the hideabed couches need to be replaced as they are pretty much shot. Also I wish the air conditioners were a little cooler. Luckily, the nights in the Hills are nice and cool so we just opened up all the windows at night to cool the place down. We would stay here again and I have already recommended it to another family who stayed there a couple of weeks after we did.
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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We consider reviews by actual customers to be an important part of our business because it reflects upon how well we serve our customers. We will continue to work extremely hard to please everyone who comes through our doors. We hope you come and stay with us again!
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Dan wrote a review Jul 2020
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Friendly staff, great location, and super clean bathrooms/showers. I didn’t see a nicer place to stay during our visit. I will book this campground in the future if we ever visit the Black Hills again....
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Date of stay: June 2020
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Response from RJ Inskeep, General Manager at Black Hills Trailside Park Resort
Responded Aug 29, 2020
Please do! We look forward to having you back! We have a very hard working crew that takes great pride in their work! Thank you for the very kind review!
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Melanie K wrote a review Jul 2020
Cedar Rapids, Iowa33 contributions5 helpful votes
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We parked our RV here for a week to explore the area. The area is full of things to do and Hill City is a great place for home base. We wish we could have stayed longer. Hill City has everything you need and this resort is amazing, the stream runs though it and you can use their fishing poles and pans for gold panning for just a small deposit. The resort is kept very well maintained and cleaned. We saw regular cleaning and sanitizing going on of shared areas. There is a walking trail right at the campsite, miles of UTV trails you can also access, walking distance to many restaurants and the dollar general and gas station. Also onsite car and UTV rental through another company (book in advance). Everything you need but not so crowded as the bigger resorts in the area. This was perfect for us, not too big but everything we needed.
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Date of stay: June 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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Thank you so much for the fantastic review. We have a hard working crew that takes great pride in their work, and we really appreciate them. We also are honored to have the best guests! We hope to see you again! Safe travels!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Black Hills Trailside Park Resort
Which popular attractions are close to Black Hills Trailside Park Resort?
Nearby attractions include The Museum @ Black Hills Institute (0.6 miles), The Farmer's Daughter (0.6 miles), and South Dakota State Railroad Museum, Ltd. (0.6 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Black Hills Trailside Park Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and kids activities.
Which room amenities are available at Black Hills Trailside Park Resort?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
Is parking available at Black Hills Trailside Park Resort?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Black Hills Trailside Park Resort?
Conveniently located restaurants include Alpine Inn, Desperados Cowboy Restaurant, and Bumpin Buffalo Bar & Grill.
Is Black Hills Trailside Park Resort located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.6 miles away from the center of Hill City.
Are pets allowed at Black Hills Trailside Park Resort?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to Black Hills Trailside Park Resort?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Sculptor's Studio (7.0 miles) and Holy Terror Mini Golf (8.0 miles).