Explore the most popular kid friendly trails near Rapid City with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

So beautifull!

hiking
1 month ago

we hiked this trail during a beautiful snow storm October 15th 2018, there were some of the most breathtaking views of the snow covered trees and the peaks and rocks along the way. the trail was pretty easy to hike up until we came to the fork where you can follow the slate creek or continue on following the rapid creek, we choose to go the slate creek way and found several creek crossings that were narrow boards and that portion of the trail was moderately strenuous in my opinion, alot of inclines and the snow was making the rocks rather slick. we had decided to turn around because of the slick conditions from the snow and not wanting to
take the risk of an injury.
we will probably through hike this trail in the summer sometime when the conditions are a little better for back packing and probably start at Deerfield lake this next time. so overall I say this is definitely an awesome trail and well worth the time!!

walking
1 month ago

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

trail running
1 month ago

Beautiful scenery and fun to move fast on. Try doing a couple of laps.

hiking
1 month 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

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 bike path is actually about 10 miles long and runs between the off-leash dog park on the West end, all the way to. the area behind Taco Johns at Campbell and East st Charles street on the East side. pretty nice path, but there is some riff-raff on the trail most of the time, especially at night on the eastern half.

hiking
2 months ago

Easy trail just outside of Rapid City. Great payoff at the end with expansive views. I have done this trail many times and have always had it to myself. If you can catch it on the right days you will be able to watch hot air balloons take off.

on Buzzards Roost

hiking
2 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!

Beautiful. Quickly became a favorite.

great hike, 95° hiked along creek, a cross the dam and then to the loop back to trailhead off Sheridan Lake Rd, long tunnel is ankle deep in water but fun, hiked to short tunnel also then back to trailhead

We hike this trail often. Love it!! Today was by far the most memorable time tho as we were hailed on twice and lightening struck within two football fields of us. Pretty crazy!

hiking
2 months ago

nice trail, gradual elevation

Absolutely the best trail system in the world.

Gorgeous scenery!

Great hike. Nice views at the top. A little longer than expected due to other trails with Buzzard Trail.

The trail was well maintained and not too busy. Make sure you read the signs when you get off the main road and it’s easy to find. Go off the beaten path and follow the crest of the mountain for some spectacular views.

Beautiful hike! Water was rushing and high due to recent rain. Bridges were a bit intimidating for us old folks so we scooted across....where there’s a will there’s a way!

hiking
3 months ago

Me and my wife took this trail last weekend and the view is spectacular. Any age/fitness level will be able to complete this hike as there are different difficulties on it.

My husband, 8 year old son and our 4 month old Great Dane hiked this today and it was amazing!!!! The light rain made everything more fun! A definite must on any Black Hills hike!!

camping
3 months ago

Trailhead is easily assessable and is just a few minutes outside of Rapid City. But don’t be fooled, you’ll experience an enjoyable hike and feel like you’ve been plunked down in the middle of enchanted land. I took advantage of a beautiful day and night. Decided to throw up the hammock and spend the night! Go do this!

hiking
3 months ago

Easy to get to. Follows an old road so it’s plenty wide if you have a large group. Great views. Never very busy. Is close to Rapid City if you need a quick outing and want to get out of town.

hiking
3 months ago

Perfect easy trail! Beautiful ending!

scenery was amazing - creek is very full and running fast
we just did the easy hike to dam and back and enjoyed it thoroughly

Easy trail for small children, but not much of parking area can only fit about 7 vehicles max. The view makes it worth it.

4 months ago

Quick hike with a great view

gorgeous hike! ran into a herd of cattle crossing the river, which was fun to watch.

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