Local Hiking Trails
Get outdoors and explore the Black Hills!
There are some great hiking trails you can take for a quick nature walk, bird watching, or a day long trip!
If you don't have a lot of time to hike, the Devil's Bathtub trail is only a mile long. Check out this series of three tubs that change depending on the time of year, and enjoy a cool dip in the water at the end of your hike.
A short 3/4 mile trail, hiking along this trail will be a climb of 1,000 feet! If you are looking for a hiking challenge, the '76 trail will push you. The reward, a panoramic view from the canyon walls.
Hiking Iron Creek is perfect for any ability level. There is a variety of grade, but each trail is striking with lime stone walls, wild flowers, and the natural beauty of the Black Hills.
Roughlock Falls is a hiking trail the whole family can enjoy. These scenic waterfalls and accessible trails can take up an entire afternoon!
Approximately a 4 hour hike, Crow Peak is a hiking trail you won't want to pass up. Be on top of the Black Hills when you reach the summit, and you may even spot Citadel Rock.
Offering mowed trails for hiking and biking, an outdoor enthusiast can spend all day exploring the open area around Lookout Mountain Park. Enjoy a scenic view overlooking Spearfish!
Before taking off hiking in the Black Hills, there are some basic items we encourage you to bring for safety and comfort:
- Navigation Materials (Map, Compass)
- Sun Protection (Sun block, Sunglasses)
- Appropriate Attire (Jacket, Gloves, Hat, hiking shoes)
- Flashlight (Back-up Batteries)
- First-Aid Supplies (Bandages; Gauze; Medical Tape; Triple-Antibiotic Ointment; Tweezers)
- Fire (Matches/Lighter; Fire Starter)
- Repair Kit/Tools (Knife/Multi-tool; Repair Kit)
- Water Bottle
- Emergency Shelter (Tarp; Reflective Blanket)
The Black Hills is a great place to spend some time fishing. We have a few favorite local fishing holes ourselves!
Spearfish Creek holds a plethora of rainbow trout anglers of all ages can look forward to catching. Enjoy year-round fishing on Spearfish Creek!
Rapid Creek is the longest stream in the Black Hills, and has some of the best brown trout fishing. Don't forget to try fishing in this clear stream while visiting the Hills.
Touring the Hills
The Black Hills is full of attractions both for local and out-of-state outdoor enthusiasts. Check out a few of the great areas you can explore by coming to the Black Hills!
Rock climbing, walking and hiking paths, mountain bike riding, fishing, skiing opportunities in the winter, and more; Spearfish Canyon is a scenic destination in the Black Hills you don't want to miss out on.
Visitors can get up close and personal with brown and rainbow trout by feeding them from above or watching them through the underwater viewing windows. Visitors can feed the fish 365 days a year, as the grounds are open from dawn to dusk.
Just a hop, skip, and a jump over the state line into Wyoming is Devil's Tower. Whether you are going to enjoy the scenery, hike the trails nearby, or climb Devil's Tower, the trip is well worth the drive!
Bear Butte is located just east of Sturgis, SD. This lone mountain offers hiking and camping to those wishing to adventure out towards the edge of the Black Hills.
Deer Mountain offers skiing, snowboarding, and a Zero Gravity Tube Park for those wanting to explore the outdoors in the winter. Boasting an average 200 inches of snow in the winter, Deer Mountain is a prime spot for winter sports.
Terry Peak provides some of the best skiing in the Black Hills with its summit elevation of 7,050 feet and a vertical drop of 1,100 feet. Sitting on 450 acres of ski-able terrain, making it the biggest ski area in the heartland.