Located in western South Dakota, the Black Hills offer outdoor enthusiasts ample opportunities for hiking, biking, fishing, canoeing and kayaking. The area comprises six national parks, more than 1,300 miles of streams and more than 450 miles of hiking and biking trails.
Canoeing and Kayaking
With it numerous access points, the 290-mile-long Belle Fourche River is popular with canoeists and kayakers. Custer State Park also features several lakes for fishing and canoeing.
There are 75 different trails in the Black Hills. The most popular trail is the 109-mile George S. Mickelson Trail, which features gentle slopes and runs between the towns of Deadwood and Edgemont.
The Black Hills offers the 111-mile Centennial Trail, which is popular among mountain bikers. The trail runs through some of the Black Hills' rugged and heavily forested areas. Shorter trails include Big Hill Trails and Old Baldy Trail.
In Rapid City, there is a 13 ½-mile bikeway that runs along Rapid Creek. Most pleasure riding and touring can be done on the area's 101 miles of National Scenic Byways.
For some real adventure, the Black Hills offers several cragging opportunities. Devil's Tower is most popular with climbers. However, there are several climbing routes in Custer State Park.
Article Written By Kathy Kindred
Kathy Kindred began her professional editing and design career in 1993 at the "University Daily Kansan." Other publications for which she has worked include "The Independence Examiner" and the "Kansas City Star" daily newspapers. In 2006, Kindred began writing for Hardrockhaven.net, an online music magazine, which she also co-owns. Kindred has a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from the University of Kansas.