State Parks in the Rosebud, South Dakota Area

State Parks in the Rosebud, South Dakota Area
Rosebud, South Dakota, is a small community in the Southern Hills region of the state. Mount Rushmore and Black Hills National Parks are to the northwest, about a 2- to 3- hour drive away. There are several state parks in the Southern Hills region. Hiking and mountain biking trails, backpacking routes, and rock-climbing pitches and bouldering problems are within the state parks near Rosebud. There is canoeing, kayaking and fishing on the Cheyenne River, which flows through the area.

Angostura Recreation Area

Angostura Recreation Area is located on the banks of the Angostura Reservoir. Visitors to the park have many options for water sports and activities. There is canoeing, kayaking, swimming and fishing at the reservoir. The Cheyenne River flows through the area, and visitors can fly-fish for trout, kayak and swim the waters of the Cheyenne. The recreation area has camping sites for tent and RV campers. Ranger-led interpretive walks and activities are offered at the park during the summer months. Children's activities and "Nature Day Camps" take place during summer. The Spanish word "angostura" translates to "narrows." The area gained the name from the Cheyenne River's channel through the region.

Angostura Recreation Area
13157 N. Angostura Road
Hot Springs, SD 57747
(605) 745-6996

Custer State Park

Custer State Park is in the Southern Hills region of the South Dakota State Park System. There are many different hiking trails of various lengths and difficulties. Mountain bikers can choose from a myriad of trails and can download a map of the biking trails and guide from the park's website. Wildlife spotted at Custer State Park can include bison, fox, coyote, raccoons and badgers. Birds of prey, such as osprey, red-tailed hawks and bald eagles, are frequently spotted. There are campgrounds for tent and RV travelers at the park. For campers, there is an out-of-state firewood ban within the park because of an insect infestation.

Custer State Park
13329 U.S. Hwy. 16A
Custer, SD 57730
(605) 255-4515

George S. Mickelson Trail

The George S. Mickelson Trail runs through the South Dakota State Parks. Hikers and mountain bikers can do portions or all of the trail. Most of the trail is handicapped accessible. There are more than 100 converted railroad bridges throughout the trail. The trail cuts through the Black Hills, affording visitors to see the rocky, broken countryside first-hand. The trail passes through some privately held land. In these areas, visitor use is restricted to the trail only. Pets are allowed but must be leashed while on the trail. There are a number of private services for visitors at the trail. Shuttles, drop offs and pickups can be arranged. Campgrounds and guest lodging services can be found along the trail

George S. Mickelson Trail
South Dakota Game Fish and Parks
523 East Capitol Ave.
Pierre, SD 57501
(605) 773-3391

Article Written By Eric Cedric

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.

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