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George S. Mickelson Trail

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The Custer Spur to Stockade Lake will be closed for a DOT project in May 2024.

Imagine a path where the ghosts of Wild Bill Hickok 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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  • Biking (on trails)
  • Birdwatching
  • Cross-country Skiing
  • Hiking
  • Historical Interest
  • Horseback Riding
  • Interpretive Signs
  • Picnicking
  • Snowmobiling
  • Snowshoe Checkout
  • Snowshoeing
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  • 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. Water has been removed from the Mickelson Trail for the winter. Between Oct. 1 and April 30, showers, flush toilets and other water systems may be closed at all state parks. Please contact the park directly for curr

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
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  • 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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Lodging Info

Day-use park; no camping

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Trail Trek

26th Annual

Mickelson Trail Trek

Sept. 20-22, 2024

Registration is full and closed. 

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Questions: Call 605.584.3896 or email

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Summer Trek

4th Annual

Summer Trail Trek

June 21-23, 2024

Registration Opens November 15, 2023, 8 a.m. Mountain Time

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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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