• Jun 02, 2017
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7th Cavalry Trail System

The 7th Cavalry Trail System is located on the Fort Meade Recreation Area and is readily accessible from four different access points on the eastern edges of Sturgis and just off I-90. The trail system has undergone re-development in 2014-2017 as part of a partnership between the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Black Hills area non-profit Black Hills Trails.

To access the 7th Cavalry Trail System, a visitor can use the designated trailheads on BLM at the Alkali Creek Campground or Alkali Creek Horse Camp, or just east of Fort Meade the Fort Meade Trailhead. There is also trailhead access available at Lions Club Park in Sturgis, or on Old Stone Road near the Believers Fellowship church, just northeast of I-90 exit 30 on the southern end of town.

Download: 7th Cavalry Map
The trail system on the Fort Meade Recreation Area provides access to the pre-eminent and best known trail in the Black Hills, which is also part of the 7th Cavalry Trail System. This trail, known as the Centennial Trail or Trail #89 extends for more than 100 miles from Bear Butte northeast of Sturgis and runs south connecting some of the most loved recreation opportunities in the Black Hills. The Centennial Trail connects or passes near to Dalton Lake, Nemo, Pactola Reservoir, Mount Rushmore, and Custer State Park to name just a few.
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  • Nov 28, 2013
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Deerfield Lake Loop Trail #40L

The Deerfield Lake Loop Trail #40L is nestled right in the middle of the Black Hills National Forest, northwest of Hill City and Custer, south of Lead and Deadwood and due west of Rapid City, this trail is within reasonable driving distance no matter where you are in the Black Hills. This trail, which encircles Deerfield Lake, is not overly technical but has a fairly substantial amount of elevation change given its distance. The Lake Loop Trail makes an excellent destination for hikers and horseback riders and while it is a good mountain bike trail, there are better cycling destinations in the Black Hills. At the eastern end of the loop the trail is intersected by Deerfield Trail #40, which connects Trail #40L with the Mickelson Trail and the Centennial Trail #89.

See the Black Hills Trails map of Deerfield Lake Loop Trail #40L.

Download the Black Hills National Forest Deerfield Trail #40 and Deerfield Lake Loop Trail #40L Guide as a PDF suitable for printing.

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  • Nov 28, 2013
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Deerfield Trail #40

The Deerfield Trail, most often referred to as Trail #40, is a point-to-point trail traveling from near Pactola Lake at the eastern end to Deerfield Lake at the western end. Trail #40 shares some of its length with the Centennial Trail #89 at the eastern end before passing Silver City, traveling along Rapid Creek and Slate Creek, crossing and sharing some of its length with the Mickelson Trail and finally ending by intersecting the Deerfield Lake Loop Trail #40L.

See the Black Hills Trails map of Deerfield Trail #40.

Download the Black Hills National Forest Deerfield Trail #40 and Deerfield Lake Loop Trail #40L Guide as a PDF suitable for printing.

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  • Nov 08, 2013
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Centennial Trail #89

The Centennial Trail is a mostly single track trail spanning well over 100 miles while traversing the entire Black Hills from north to south. It begins in the northern hills at Bear Butte just outside of Sturgis and ends in the southern hills near Hot Springs. The majority of the mileage of the Centennial Trail is on lands under the jurisdiction of the Black Hills National Forest, but the trail also crosses lands controlled by other federal and state land management agencies.

See the Black Hills Trails map of the Centennial Trail.

Download the Black Hills National Forest Centennial Trail Guide as a PDF suitable for printing.

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