Old logging trails, backcountry roads and over 6,000 miles of Forest Service land (except in the Black Elk Wilderness) are open to cyclists. It doesn’t matter if you are out for a leisurely ride or looking for an extreme challenge, you will find it here! The wide shoulders and scenic views of state highways are popular with road and tour bikers. Needles Highway, Iron Mountain Road and Mount Rushmore Road are among the favorite destinations for bike touring.
One of the most popular biking trails is the 109-mile George S. Mickelson Trail. Mountain bikers on the Mickelson Trail will find themselves surrounded by raw, natural beauty as they cruise along gently rolling slopes and across old converted railroad bridges. All trail users age 12 and older are required to purchase a $3 daily pass or an annual $15 trail pass. Passes may be purchased online, at the trail office, at the Custer Area Chamber of Commerce or at one of the trailheads.
The 111-mile South Dakota Centennial Trail is another biking destination. This moderate trail, open to hikers, bikers and horseback riders, starts at Bear Butte State Park in the north and ends near Custer at Wind Cave National Park. There are a few portions of the trail that require a fee. Fee information may be obtained at any of the trailheads.
Not all roads and logging trails are open to bikers. Those areas closed to recreation are posted or can be found on the Black Hills National Forest’s website. Also be conscience of private property which is clearly marked.
Most of the trails in the Black Hills are shared with hikers or horses, so bikers should yield to others.
Be responsible. Bikers are asked to be conscience of the environment, rock outcroppings and forest floors so they remain intact for others to enjoy.
Always wear the proper equipment and protect yourself from injury. Inexperienced mountain bikers should avoid backcountry trails.