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South Dakota

George S. Mickelson Trail

Created from an abandoned Burlington Northern Rail line, the George S. Mickelson Trail in the heart of the beautiful Black Hills, was completed in September 1998.

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

Its gentle slopes and easy access allow people of all ages and abilities to enjoy the beauty of the Black Hills.
There are more than 100 converted railroad bridges and four hard rock tunnels along the trail. Much of the trail passes through National Forest Land, but there are parts of the trail that pass through privately owned land, where trail use is restricted to the trail only. It is vital to the future of the trail that users respect the land and others on the trail.

George S. Mickelson Trail
George S. Mickelson Trail



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