Deadwood to Edgemont, North Dakota
Calamity Jane and Wild Bill Hickok. Steam trains chugging through the landscape. Our notions of the Black Hills of South Dakota have long been intertwined with Western myth and legend.
Now a 109-mile trail that traverses the whole length of the Black Hills can be used by hikers, bicyclists, horseback riders, snowshoers, and cross-country skiers. Following the tracks of the abandoned Burlington Northern Railroad, this “jewel” of the state park system takes you from Deadwood to Edgemont, through hard rock tunnels and across trestle bridges. Some portions of the trail are considered to be strenuous, but the grade is never more than 4 percent. The crushed limestone surface and wide path offer comfortable travel and spectacular scenery through the heart of the Black Hills.
Open year-round. Admission charged.
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