George S. Mickelson Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Lawrence County and Pennington County, South Dakota. It is within Black Hills National Forest. It is 45.2 miles long and begins at 5,595 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 2 feet. The Englewood Trailhead parking is near the trailhead. Rochford Trailhead, Englewood Trailhead, Mystic Trailhead, Kirk Trailhead, and another parking and the Tailings brownfield can be seen along the trail. There are also parkings along the trail.
George S. Mickelson Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"According to its namesake and founder, George S. Mickelson, "This trail may be our last opportunity to provide a pathway that is easily used by the elderly, people with disabilities and the very young, as well as hikers, bicyclists and other more traditional trail users." Begun in 1991, the Mickelson Trail represents a dream that is just now unfolding. Currently, only about half of the trail has been completed, but with some luck, all 110 miles should be in place in a few years."
--Bert & Jane Gildart, Hiking South Dakota's Black Hills Country (Falcon Guides).
"Experience a piece of Wild West history along the 109mile George S. Mickelson Trail (GMT) as it travels from the former gold-mining boomtown of Deadwood south over old railroad bridges, through rock tunnels, and into the heart of the Black Hills. Named after the late South Dakota governor who was instrumental in getting the trail built, this spectacular rail-trail delivers an unparalleled opportunity to immerse yourself in a stunning landscape while reliving a bit of the Old West."
--Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, Rail-Trail Hall of Fame (Wilderness Press).
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