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The best biking in South Dakota.

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    The best biking in South Dakota.

    Special Interest: BikingGreat OutdoorsHikingOutdoor PlayRunningSports - FitnessSports - PullSports - WinterWalking

    The George S. Mickelson Trail is in the Black Hills between Deadwood and Edgemont, South Dakota. This multi-purpose, gravel trail is 109 miles and 15 trailheads, open to bikers, hikers, horseback riders, fat tire bikers, cross-country skiers and snowshoeing. Dogs must be on leash.

    It’s a great place to visit during the summer as you’ll get shade from the pine and ponderosa trees, prairie land, and along the trail. You’ll also see 100 converted railroad bridges and 4 rock tunnels. The trail closer to Deadwood travels close to several creeks and rivers – and a great spot to take a break and play with your dog in the water. A portion of the trail that passes through private land may be restricted to dogs.

    George S. Mickelson Trail Quick Links
    Pawtivity Listing: Essential info & tips for dog owners. Link
    Website: Link
    Maps & Access: Map
    Start: Deadwood, SD 44.370657, -103.728618 Map
    End: Edgemont, SD 43.311459, -103.818150 Map
    Terrain: Gravel
    Elevation: Gradual changes in elevation, Chart
    Dog Policy: Dogs must be leashed. There may be restrictions on private lands. Info
    Motor Vehicles: Not Allowed, Snowmobile restriction, Electric powered wheelchairs / scooters ok

    Maps of the trail may be found on the State of South Dakota website, including locations of all 15 trailheads.

    If you want to bike the trail in 3 days and go with an organized group, consider riding in the Mickelson Trail Trek held the 3rd weekend in September each year. Register early as spots fill up very fast.

    The George S. Mickelson Trail starts and ends at:

    Deadwood, SD 57732
    Off CanAm Hwy 85
    GPS Coordinates 44.370657, -103.728618 Map

    Deadwood is also home to the many adventures of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane, so you can always take a side trip and take a step back into the wild west with your dog.

    Edgemont, SD 57735
    Off Hwy 185, just north of Old Hwy 18
    GPS Coordinates 43.311459, -103.818150 Map

    Trail users over 12 must have a pass. The majority of the trail is flat, but a small portion may be challenging. The first few miles from Deadwood come with an elevation gain, so you may decide to start at a city farther south. Hours of operation are 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunrise, year-round. Have more questions? Cell phone coverage will be very spotty. Call the Trail Headquarters office at 605.584.3896 or visit the website for more information.

    Keep an eye out for rattlesnakes, mountain lions, and other wildlife along the trail. Poison ivy may also be present along the trail. Cattle and other domesticated animals may also be on the trail. Please respect their space and stay off private lands.

    The trail does not allow for motorized vehicles. Snowmobiles are the only vehicle allowed on the trail, but restricted to the trail between Deadwood (Trailhead #1) and Dumont (Trailhead #5) in the winter. Users may bring electric powered wheelchairs and scooters.


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    Location: Lead | Deadwood | Edgemont | South Dakota
    Activities: Biking, Mountain Biking, Fat Tire Biking, Walking, Running, Snowshoeing, Cross-Country Skiing, Mushing

    Items Needed: Bike, Bike Helmet, Bike Repair Kit, Bike Attachment or Springer, Non-Tangling Lead, Body Harness, Water, First Aid, Reflective Tape or Gear, Poop Bags, Other Appropriate Gear

    Safety: Please consult your vet on running with your dog, especially if you have a puppy. Pay attention to your dog's abilities and start slow. Never run when it is too hot or cold outside. And don't forget to check the paws!


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