Explore the most popular mountain biking trails in South Dakota with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

muddy
snow
9 hours ago

Lots of different options for length/difficulty. Pretty mediocre views until you're at the lookout though and I found the marking a little confusing.

Very nice trail.

beautiful! next time I'll wear treks. ice slowed me down.

hiking
1 month ago

beautiful views at the top, well groomed and nice for a quick hike

trail is now well marked, lots of deer, fresh lion tracks

This place is great! going back soon.

hiking
2 months ago

I was able to follow the signs most of the time. Had one or two times I got confused but easily got back on track. Snow and mud prevented me from reaching the top. It was dry lower down below though. Pretty hike close to town. If you want seclusion though, be aware cars on the interstate can be seen and heard a lot of the time.

Great trail

Really nice, easy trail...it’s great to have some woods to walk through! The overlook tower is worth the extra few minutes, too!

Awesome trail at a campground, 5 miles, takes you on a nice walk through the forest.

Rattlesnake blocking the path ended our hike early. Agree with the poor signage comments too, we didn't see many of the alternate routes that we could have taken.

3 months ago

This is a horribly signed trail. We had different map versions, including the one at the start, and none matched up. The signage is few and far between. The trails are named by colors and the colors on the signs did not always match up with what trail we thought we are on. I was following along with with the AllTrails map and was having difficulty keeping us on the trail.

The trail was relatively easy other than a few scrambles up and down near the radio tower where you needed your hands as well.

The fun part for me about the trail was that it is part of an active ranch. So there are cows in the are and we encountered cows at the end of the trail near the water cistern. That being said that means there are cow patties along most of the trail. So if you do not like jumping over and walking around cow patties for a good chunk of your hike, this may not be for you.

Perfect hike for the first day of fall at Newton Hills. The trails are well kept. Considering how much rain came down just a few days before there was only a couple muddy spots. So that was nice.
The trail heads could be a little better marked. Especially if people haven’t been there before. We were glad we had the All Trails App so we were more sure of where we were at.

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail with some awesome views of the river. It can get difficult at times with inclines and declines. C route is the longest but probably has the best views of the river. Highly recommend this trail if your in Yankton looking for a moderately challenging trail with sights.

walking
4 months ago

Beautiful area. Very easy. Great place for a picnic or to just sit and enjoy the calm.

hiking
4 months ago

Been hitting it hard last few days. Haven’t been up with my dog since coyote sightings. Beautiful this morning. All fog covered when you hit BR

Great scenery. Our dog and kids love this trail.

whole trail is about 140 miles running from Deadwood to Atchison. Formerly a rail line, so no steep grades. bicycle and stroller-friendly anywhere along the very well-maintained trail. I think the "day-fee" is still $3 unless you get a pass.

Easy, typical campground trail at a beautiful lake.

this is four trails, with varying levels of difficulty, that originate and end at Buzzard's Roost. Beautiful view at the end.

this trail is actually a portion of the HLMP park. there are lots more trails here than this one. this is an excellent trail system for hiking and mountain biking right in the middle of Rapid City with several trail heads on any side of these hills.

Loved the trail for hiking. At 9:00 a.m., we were the only ones on the trail. Lots of elevation in places but even difficult trail section not that difficult for hiking if you have a hiking stick. Watch for tree roots and embedded rocks in path. Take water even when you think it is cool outside. We saw frogs, birds, monarchs and deer. Lived here a long time and never knew this existed.

on Buzzards Roost

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike with lots of trail options for different difficulty levels. We were on a new trail that they were still working on and it was fantastic. View from the top is spectacular!

Very enjoyable and a good workout r/t incline/declines. I did the Woodland Trail which was well-marked with “you are here” guidance at frequent intervals.
Blue Diamond trail was a bit confusing. Was very glad I picked up a map at the park office. Overall. a good woodland experience on wide, clear trails.

Nice beginner’s hike, a good workout and lots of nice views, wild flowers, and people along the way. The trailhead in Deadwood is difficult to find. You will need to start at the Mickelson Trail trailhead and walk 300 yards west up the Mickelson Trail. The Homestake trailhead is a sharp turn to your right. If you come to the bench on the Mickelson Trail, you went 10 yards too far.

We did the whole loop and found it challenging. We are both in good physical shape. Work out regularly with interval training and strength training. There were several long, steep climbs and descents. If we had had any rain, it would have been very slick with mud. Horses use the trail too and there were sections that were very churned up. That said, we did enjoy the views. I would also warn folks that the trail signs are confusing. I’m used to following blazes on the AT which I find much easier than the system the park uses. We will go back but be better prepared next time.

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail for dogs!!

Beautiful trail. Hard to beat the scenery. I highly recommend this trail.

Awesome

hiking
5 months ago

nice trail, gradual elevation

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