With nearly 6,000 miles of fire trails, logging roads, and abandoned railroad grades weaving through the Black Hills alone, it’s no surprise that mountain biking is quickly growing to be one of the most popular activities in South Dakota. There’s truly something for every level of biker here. Anyone can find their perfect trail, from complete newbies to experienced daredevils looking for jumps and technical single-track. If you happen to be traveling without your bike, don’t worry – you’ll find plenty of bike rental shops and guided mountain biking tours near popular trails. If you’re ready to ride but not sure where to go first, here are some of the best mountain biking trails our state has to offer.
1. Centennial Trail
You’ll find this 111-mile trail on any list of the best mountain biking destinations in the Black Hills area. Built in 1989 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of South Dakota’s statehood, it starts near Bear Butte State Park near Sturgis and ends in Wind Cave National Park near Hot Springs. This trail has it all, from prairie grasslands to steep climbs into the Black Hills and high country – with more than 2,000 feet of elevation change along the way. Several trailheads make it easy to access the Centennial Trail, so it’s possible to ride just a small section and still get in a great workout.