South Dakota Running Trails and Maps

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Auld-Brokaw Trail

2.75 mi
State: SD
Concrete

Ballpark Road Trail

1.1 mi
State: SD
Concrete

Custer State Park Spur

3.2 mi
State: SD
Asphalt

Deadman Trail

0.75 mi
State: SD
Concrete

George S. Mickelson Trail

109 mi
State: SD
Crushed Stone

Homestake Railroad Grade Trail

3.5 mi
State: SD
Dirt

Leonard Swanson Memorial Pathway

8.2 mi
State: SD
Asphalt, Concrete, Gravel

Moose Drive Bike Path

1.5 mi
State: SD
Concrete

Ordway Trail (Aberdeen)

2 mi
State: SD
Concrete

Sioux Falls Bike Trails

26.8 mi
State: SD
Asphalt

Sioux River Red Rock Trail

2 mi
State: SD
Concrete

Spearfish Recreational Trail

5.2 mi
State: SD
Concrete

Sturgis Centennial Bike Path

4.4 mi
State: SD
Concrete

Sturgis Connector Trail

0.6 mi
State: SD
Concrete
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
Yankton, South Dakota's most famous son, Tom Brokaw, lends his name to this trail. The stimulus for the Auld-Brokaw project was actually the need for flood protection for the businesses and homes...
SD 2.75 mi Concrete
The Ballpark Road Trail is a short sidepath, one of several in the city of Sturgis that together form a ten mile off-road system of trails. Beginning at the intersection of Junction Avenue and...
SD 1.1 mi Concrete
The Custer State Park Spur offers a 3.2-mile paved connection between South Dakota's 109-mile George S. Mickelson Trail and Custer State Park, home to bison, coyotes, and prairie dogs in the beautiful...
SD 3.2 mi Asphalt
The Deadman Trail is a short trail that follows the ominously named Deadman Gulch on the outskirts of Sturgis, and connects to other portions of the city's ten mile bike path system. Starting in...
SD 0.75 mi Concrete
Named in honor of the former South Dakota governor who crusaded for the trail before his death in a plane crash in 1993, the George S. Mickelson Trail runs through the heart of the Black Hills,...
SD 109 mi Crushed Stone
More than a century ago, steam locomotives lugged supplies from Deadwood to Lead and to the miners at Homestake Mine, once the largest goldmine in the Western Hemisphere. This narrow-gauge track fell...
SD 3.5 mi Dirt
The Leonard Swanson Memorial Pathway, named for Rapid City's late, longtime public works director, is a sprawling eight mile system of paved bikeways that follows the path of Rapid Creek across the...
SD 8.2 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Gravel
Though Sturgis may be best known for the popular motorcycle events it hosts, the city also offers some great opportunites for the other kind of biker. The Moose Drive Bike Path is a 1.5 mile sidepath...
SD 1.5 mi Concrete
The Ordway Trail runs for 2 miles in northeastern Aberdeen, a railroad town founded in the early 1880s. It begins in Baird Park, a natural area perhaps best known for its 25-foot-tall sledding hill....
SD 2 mi Concrete
The Sioux Falls trail system, sometimes referred to as the Sioux Falls River Greenway, forms a loop of nearly 30 miles of paved, multi-use pathways that link many of the city’s parks and green spaces....
SD 26.8 mi Asphalt
The Sioux River Red Rock Trail is a planned 12-mile system of trail that will one day take users across nearly the entirety of the beautiful city of Dell Rapids, situated on the Big Sioux River in...
SD 2 mi Concrete
The Spearfish Recreational Trail travels for 5 miles through the heart of Spearfish, a town situated east of the South Dakota/Wyoming border and just north of the Black Hills National Forest, known...
SD 5.2 mi Concrete
The Sturgis Centennial Bike Path runs a little over four miles across the northern edge of the city of Sturgis, loosely following the route of the Bear Butte Creek. While the western portion of the...
SD 4.4 mi Concrete
This short sidepath provides a useful connection between several trails in the ten mile system of bike paths within the city of Sturgis. Beginning near the intersection of Butte View Drive and Dolan...
SD 0.6 mi Concrete

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Recent Trail Reviews

George S. Mickelson Trail

LOVED IT

December, 2018 by danaduran1974

From Texas-Went to trail twice last summer- due to weather issues. Started at Edgemont the first time. Did not like the constant incline for 43 miles. So when we went back the seecond time, we left our car in Edgemont, bought a ride to Deadwood and started from there. It was 17 miles uphill to start but than a 10 mile decent. Up and down like this until last 43 miles where it mostly descends until one last big uphill at the 5-6 mile marker. I will go back again. Husband said he would love to get electric bikes and do it. Took our tent and camped were we could.

Sioux Falls Bike Trails

Delightful network of trails

November, 2018 by pedalfree

We came to Sioux Falls specifically to ride the trails and they were absolutely delightful. There's a nice mix of urban and suburban cycling here. It's possible to get just about everywhere by bike. Many intersections include wide, well lit underpasses. Solid system. Five stars.

Sioux Falls Bike Trails

Great Sioux Falls Biking Experience

October, 2018 by jacmar1

The city of Sioux Falls has created a wonderful biking experience for its residents and visitors!We road in October 2018 and could not have more pleased with the ever changing scenery and smooth trail surface.Road bikes work the entire 26 miles with very few cross roads to contend with.The trail passes through several city parks and South Dakotans enjoy the outdoors!Sioux Falls has many interesting restaurants and Airbnbs to add enjoyment to your visit.

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Custer State Park Spur

Rough Pavement, Nice Views

September, 2018 by adventureskating.com

Skated from the Shopko in Custer to Custer State Park and back. $4 fee for the trail, there's a self-pay station at the trailhead in Custer State Park. The pavement is pretty rough most of the way, but since this is mostly used by cyclists it's probably fine for most users. The bridges are pretty bad too, several have big bumps on the transition from asphalt to wood and the parallel planks are sketchy. Views are pretty nice though, and Fort Custer is an interesting stop.

George S. Mickelson Trail

weekend to remember

September, 2018 by klplbieber

My wife and I along with my 80 year old father did trail in 3 days had a blast great trail will comeback and do it again

George S. Mickelson Trail

Did all 109 miles

September, 2018 by vonriman

I went with a group from Road Scholar which provided a SAG van & divided the trail into 4 sections in 4 days. Overall it is very scenic . Be very careful heading south from Pringle to Edgemont as there is a lot of loose sand on the trail. There are some steep prolonged hills, I did 4 miles from Mystic south with the front sprocket in1 and the rear switching between 1 & 2,quite a hill for a 70 yr old guy from NJ. Dress in layers and drink plenty of water, refills are available from cisterns at trail heads. Be aware that parts of the trail are over 6000 ft, give yourself a day to adjust before doing the steep grades.

George S. Mickelson Trail

Beautiful but slow going

July, 2018 by slawson612

The tail is very well marked and easy to follow but that is about all that is easy, for a recumbent rider at least. I had some chain issues on the first day and thankfully we started in Deadwood. That meant the closest bike shop was 15 miles away in Spearfish, Rushmore Sports. The trip was delayed by a day and we started in Custer to Hot Springs. Mostly downhill but the trail material packed gravel and it is slow! Hot Springs required 11 miles on the highway with a good sized hill into town. Next we hired a shuttle to the Dumont trailhead. This section is by far the most scenic and 18 miles downhill to Hill City but there are 2 long (7 & 10 mile) slow climbs from there to Custer. Finally we drove to Edgemont and rode north to the HghWy 18 trailhead. Again it is a shallow grade hill but it is slow going. NOTE the trail has MANY washouts where it is deeply rutted across the path with deep, loose sand which make going up even slower and going down, at speed, really hairy.

Sioux Falls Bike Trails

Great town, great trail!

July, 2018 by loren.wahl

We rode the entire loop last October and it was fantastic! So many cool things along the way including the spectacular falls park. Highly recommend!

Sioux Falls Bike Trails

Awesome Trail

July, 2018 by fkelly17

We rode the entire loop today and this is an exceptional trail. It winds through park after park with smooth, wide lanes.

Leonard Swanson Memorial Pathway

Swamy Trail

June, 2018 by bwiseman9775

This a gem of a trail for Rapid City. We always look for bike trails (RVing) as we travel, and this one is excellent...biked it 2x while staying at Lake Park RV (also excellent if u are RVing, btw.)

George S. Mickelson Trail

Deadwood to Edgemont

October, 2017 by vanbrink

2 day ride starting in Deadwood, overnight in Hill City and on to Edgemont. Outstanding fall ride with a total of 8 other riders over 2 days. Mornings were cold but afternoons were into the 60s. Snow still present in N and NW facing slopes with the trail muddy in spots. Day 1 surface was firmer with smaller packed gravel. Rode 28mm tires and was fine all day. Day 2 changed to 35mm tires and found it helpful dealing with the freeze thaw mud. Overall one of the best R2T rides I have done. Trail maintenance and facilities were excellent! This is the sort of R2T other states should use as an example.

George S. Mickelson Trail

Out and Back North From Hill City

October, 2017 by kerund

I did a 40 mile round trip on a hybrid, starting at Hill City. A local rider told me this was the nicest stretch of the trail. It took me through three of the four tunnels. Once you leave the Hill City outskirts, you're away from the highway and riding through some beautiful scenery.

This is a more challenging ride that most rail trails. The hills aren't steep, but they're long. Going north, you climb a long hill out of Hill City, reach a crest and then descend 7 miles before starting up and even longer hill.

It's hard to imagine a better managed trail than this. The the signage, the condition of the trail surface and the rest facilities are all excellent.

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