• Oct 06, 2015
News, Projects, Sturgis

Sturgis Trail Project Reaches Significant Milestone

For Immediate Release                                                                         October 6, 2015 Sturgis Trail Project Reaches Significant Milestone Funding secured for three mile accessible trail loop around Fort Meade (Sturgis, SD) – The City of Sturgis has secured $250,000 in funding through the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) to construct a three mile trail around the Fort Meade Veterans Administration Hospital (VA). The trail will be handicapped accessible and will tie into key existing facilities and points of interest. The new trail will enrich the experience of hospital guests and create a new recreation opportunity for VA staff and area residents by connecting the Fort Meade Trailhead including the Fort Meade Recreation Area Trail System and Centennial Trail. The new trail will also link the Sturgis Bike Path, Barry Stadium, and Fort Meade Museum. The Bureau of Land Management, VA, the City of Sturgis, Sturgis Parks Department, and area non-profit Black Hills Trails have been collaborating on the development of an extensive stacked loop recreational trail system in and around the City of Sturgis since 2013. This new accessible loop trail is a significant milestone in that collaboration. Future goals of this group initiative include connecting these trails with proposed trail systems on Deadman Mountain and in the Sturgis Watershed, and ultimately to connect area communities. To get involved please subscribe to […]

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  • Apr 22, 2015
Projects, Sturgis

Public meeting! New trail network coming to the City of Riders!

Black Hills Trails Members have worked with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for more than 20 years to maintain and enhance the user established Fort Meade Recreation Area trails in Sturgis. The Fort Meade Recreation Area provides a back-country setting immediately accessible from town and has long been enjoyed by those residents and visitors who are fortunate enough to know about the scenery and diversity of recreation contained within its borders. The blood, sweat and tears of many volunteers is now paying dividends as the BLM adopts a proposal championed by Black Hills Trails to significantly improve Fort Meade Recreation Area trails and turn them into an official trail network. This proposal has now entered a public comment period, one of the final hurdles before Black Hills Trails can put boots on the ground and build more world-class trails. Black Hills Trails and the Bureau of Land Management would like to invite everyone with an interest in this project to a public meeting at the Alkali Creek Campground/Trailhead from 4:30 to 6:30 PM on Thursday, April 30. Attendees will learn more about the proposed changes and be given the opportunity to provide feedback, as well as learn how to become more involved. To get to the Alkali Creek Campground, take I-90 Exit 34 (by the National Cemetery) then travel north on the BLM road for about 1/4 mile to the campground which is identified by signage. Black Hills Trails invites you to attend, even if you have no comments, […]

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  • Oct 07, 2014
News, Sturgis, Volunteering

Update, Appreciation and Progress

Recap In 2013 the City of Sturgis approved the donation of funds to our organization to purchase trail equipment that would help to develop a new trail on City property-The Lions Club Park Trail. Formal trail building began last September and was completed in the spring of 2014. Labor of Love Well over 600 volunteer hours  went into developing this first mile of trail. Based on Independent Sector Organizations hourly value of a South Dakota volunteer, that is more than $11,000 worth of community commitment! Additionally, a few community members donated money to help the organization cover its 2014 insurance cost. Dr Tom Herman, Keith Smit, and Mike Strain, Thanks! Black Hills Trails would be unable to continue in this mission without support like yours. Pictured from left: Dr Tom Herman, Keith Smit, Kevin Forrester (Black Hills Trails) and Mike Strain Enjoying The Fruits… Two community events have already been held on the trail: The Sturgis Volksmarch (organized by Sturgis Area Chamber), and Brandon’s Memorial Malibu Run (organized by Taylar Applegate and Delzer family) Sturgis Volksmarch Brandon’s Memorial Malibu Run. “Save This Date” Photo Session on New Trail First Trail Build Day The First Fall trail Build day of 2014 was held September 27th. Fourteen volunteers showed up to help work on the Lions Club park trail. Much needed trail touch ups were taken care of, stumps and rocks removed and climbing turns refined. In addition, 300 feet of new trail was built. Black Hills Trails provided the tools and instruction, Sturgis Coffee Company provided coffee, Angie Ondriezek […]

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  • Sep 30, 2013
News, Projects, Sturgis, Volunteering, Whitewood

Project Status Update

Part of the mission Black Hills Trails continues to pursue is connecting our local communities to each other and connecting our communities to points of interest with beautiful ribbons of trail. A great deal of progress was made toward that goal last weekend with two successful volunteer trail build days. …

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  • Sep 16, 2013

Public Lands Day 2013

Part of what Public Lands Day is about is taking ownership of wonderful public assets that belong to all of us, improving them and developing a sense of pride in our publicly owned land. Many Black Hills Trails volunteers dedicated their time on Saturday, September 14, 2013 to improving …

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  • Jul 11, 2013

Lookout Mountain

Many individuals participate in many forms of recreation on Lookout Mountain in Spearfish, with almost any venture onto the trail system there you will almost without a doubt have a friendly encounter with other hikers, cyclists or runners. A recent Spearfish City Council meeting has however brought to light that this type of use was perhaps not the intent when the City purchased the property on which Lookout sits, as an article in the Black Hills Pioneer explains ( Those that have experienced the existing trail system on Lookout will know that erosion has run rampant and that no small amount of resource damage is occurring. Recreational trail users of all types and conservation need not be mutually exclusive, the land, vegetation and wildlife would benefit from a more responsibly designed and maintained trail system on Lookout. An improved trail system would also bring many social benefits to the City. This is your call-to-action. Live in Spearfish? Contact your council-person and express your support for the responsible ideas brought forth by the STAR committee. Don’t live in Spearfish? Spread the word to those who do.

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