Family-friendly biking trails in the Black Hills

In total, there are more than 500 bike trails in the Black Hills. Ranging from recreational to sport and beginner to advanced, there is something for everyone! These three trails are some of the most popular in the Black Hills. For an entire list, check out this interactive map. Explore the hills on two wheels by choosing a different path each week.

George S. Mickleson Trail

Completed in the late ‘90s, the George S. Mickelson Trail lies in the heart of the Black Hills, extends more than 100 miles, and has 15 trailheads to choose from. The majority of the trail doesn’t exceed a four percent grade, but some parts are considered strenuous. Various sections are flat and would be great for the whole family, while others require a more experienced rider. Go through four tunnels and ride over converted railroad bridges as you take in the beautiful Black Hills scenery from four different counties. Looking for a challenge? Take the family on a weekly ride to see how long it takes you to get through the whole trail!

Rapid City Bike Paths

There are more than 20 miles of loops and trails along Rapid Creek and around different parks and recreational areas in Rapid City, not including trails in Hanson-Larsen Memorial Park (M Hill).

Custer State Park

Several trails in Custer State Park are open to bicyclists. The Creekside trail offers a variety of scenery and is only three miles long. It is entirely composed of a hard surface that makes it easy to pull a child behind your bicycle or go for a walk with a stroller. The trail is fairly level, making it very family friendly.

Have you heard of the bike program Don’t Thump Your Melon? Learn more here.