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George S. Mickelson Trail

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Notice: Trail work may impact sections of the trail. See the box below for more information. 

Imagine a path where the ghosts of Wild Bill Hickock and Calamity Jane still roam; where bicyclists, hikers and horseback riders can explore spruce and ponderosa pine forests; and the very young, the very old and people of all abilities can enjoy.

The George S. Mickelson Trail, in the heart of the beautiful Black Hills, was completed in September of 1998. Its gentle slopes and easy access allow people of all ages and abilities to enjoy the beauty of the Black Hills.  Much of the trail passes through National Forest Land, but there are parts of the trail that pass through privately owned land, where the trail use is restricted to the trail only.

The trail is 109 miles long and contains more than 100 converted railroad bridges and 4 rock tunnels. The trail surface is primarily crushed limestone and gravel. There are 15 trailheads, all of which offer parking, self-sale trail pass stations, vault toilets, and tables.

A majority of the trail does not exceed a 4% grade, but parts of the trail are considered strenuous. Dumont is the highest point and the 19 mile stretch from Deadwood to Dumont is the longest incline.

Note: Poor to non-existent cell phone coverage on the trail.

Trolley on the Trail

Trolley rides allow those with physical limitations to experience the beautiful George S. Mickelson Trail.

The rides are held throughout the summer and are approximately four hours long. Reservations are required, and each person reserving a space on the trolley will be required to have a handicapped parking permit. One assistant is allowed to accompany this person, if needed. The trolley has space available for up to two people who use wheelchairs.

For more information, contact the Mickelson Trail office at 605.584.3896.

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Activities

  • Biking (on trails)
  • Birdwatching
  • Cross-country Skiing
  • Hiking
  • Historical Interest
  • Horseback Riding
  • Interpretive Signs
  • Picnicking
  • Snowmobiling
  • Snowshoe Checkout
  • Snowshoeing
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Upcoming Events

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Fees

  • Daily: $4 daily (required per person ages 12 and over)
  • Annual: $15 (required per person ages 12 and over)

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Park Specs

Open: Year-round, from dawn to dusk. Between Oct. 1 and April 30, showers, flush toilets and other water systems may be closed. Please contact the park directly for current status. Vault toilets usually remain open.

Park Size: Length of Trail: 109 miles with 15 trailheads, from Edgemont to Deadwood

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Contact Info

George S. Mickelson Trail
11361 Nevada Gulch Road
Lead, SD 57754
605.584.3896
Email: MickelsonTrail@state.sd.us
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Amenities

  • Biking Trail(s)
  • Group Picnic Shelter(s)
  • Hiking Trail(s)
  • Historical Site(s)
  • Horse Trail(s)
  • Picnic Tables
  • Self-serve Entrance Kiosk(s)
  • Vault Toilets (open year-round)
  • Warming Shelter(s)
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Trail Work Notice

Trail surfacing will take place July 12 through Dec. 31 starting at Rochford and working along the trail to Custer. The trail will be open and passable, but users may encounter loose material and equipment. Contact the Trails Office at 605.584.3896 for the current location of work.
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Lodging Info

Day-use park; no camping

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Trail Trek

23rd Annual

Mickelson Trail Trek

Sept. 17-19, 2021

Registration Full

Map | Information

Questions: Call 605.584.3896 or email

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Summer Trek

First-Ever

Summer Trail Trek

June 15-17, 2021

Photos: Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3

Registration Closed

Map | Information

Questions: Call 605.584.3896 or email

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GPS Coordinates

Latitude: 44.28262
Longitude: -103.4586
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Additional Info

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