Explore the most popular trail running 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.

Loved the trail; however we were unprepared to cross 4 bridges over rushing water. Good thing we could sit and scoot across! Also easy to get lost due to no signage to guide you. Hard to know which way to go!

hiking
27 days 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
28 days ago

Perfect easy trail! Beautiful ending!

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

hiking
1 month ago

This is a great easy and has a great view at the end.

So. Much. Fun!

hiking
2 months ago

Simple, wide, gravel dirt road like trail. Easy hike for an amazing fire at the end. Perfect if you’re crunched for time.

Urban hike that is part 300+ acre trail system with many offshoot trails from the trail shown here. Nice views of the Black Hills/Black Elk Peak in one direction, prairie in the other and Rapid City below. Inside city limits so you have traffic noise you won’t find on our other Black Hills trail, but is super convenient for locals and visitors spending a day in RC. A good deal of mountain bike traffic but I have always found these bikers courteous to hikers sharing the trail system.

Had a great hike with my son! Easy hike! Took only one GSD with us this time... Made it easier for my son... Beautiful weather in the low 60’s... Couldn’t ask for better conditions... 2.8 miles this time... Really enjoying hiking... Wish I had started this years ago... We’re doing it now so I guess that’s what matters the most...

Casual walking trail, but views at the end are amazing!

Super easy hike with a great view at the end!

Great family trail!

hiking
2 months ago

Great views

The prettiest trail in the Hills!

We ran from Sheridan lake to coon hollow and back again, such an amazing way to spend the morning!

great hike non-stop. up 9 down 4 with trip up lil round top 4 fun. windy on both black elk &lol round top. trails were great. going back soon.

Great trail! Amazing views. I have hiked several trails and this one ranks up there as a must see. 6yr old and Cockapoo dog had no problems.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice for the family

walking
3 months ago

Very quick and easy; wide trail; great view of the Stratobowl at the end.

One of my favorite little hikes to get some fresh air and take in the views!

Easy, road-width trail. Good for all ages and abilities. Slight hills to get to the lookout. The scenery at the lookout is amazing. The information about the first balloon flights is fenced in but quite interesting to read.

Amazing hike and great views!! Highly recommended!!

hiking
10 months ago

Great trail, well maintained. Only saw two other hikers. Started from the Sheridan Lake trailhead and went about 2.2 miles in and back again. Interesting tunnels along the way.

hiking
10 months ago

Easy walk on a road no longer used. Great view at the end. I remember years age being able to drive back there on that road. make sure you read about the history on the pillars in the fenced area. view at the end is spectacular.

Hiked 5 miles in from Sheridan Lake and back. Trail is great with nice views and beautiful fall colors. The hike is pretty easy following the flume. The history and seeing the remains of the flume and tunnels are what make this trail great.

hiking
10 months ago

love it! also great place to go fly fishing

10 months ago

beautiful, peaceful, wooded hike by lake. some hills. I'd say not quite easy.

Great trail! Have done two separate parts of the trail at different times, hope to do the whole thing sometime.

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