If you’re looking for an adventurous way to fully experience the scenic beauty of the Black Hills, bring your bike onto the George S. Mickelson Trail. This widely popular 110-mile trail winds through a large majority of the Black Hills region, originating in the northern town of Deadwood and climbing all the way down to the southern city of Edgemont. Considered by many the finest—and certainly the longest—trail in the South Dakota park system, the Mickelson Trail affords mountain bikers stunning views of lush pine forests, rugged cliffs, trestle bridges, and abandoned railways.
The surface of the double-track trail is comprised of crushed limestone, making it favorable for bikes. A relatively level terrain makes it a good choice for non-competitive riders, riding groups, and families, with 14 trailheads available. Each fall, the Annual Trail Trek is held on the George S. Mickelson Trail. In 2008, the Trek is scheduled to take place September 19-21. To request a brochure with more details about the Mickelson Trail, call 1-605-773-3391 or visit www.mickelsontrail.com.
The park service has posted some guidelines for those who bike along the George S. Mickelson Trail:
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