With just about 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 the South Dakota. There is truly something for every level of biker here, with perfect trails for everyone from a complete newbie to an experienced daredevil looking for jumps and technical singletrack. If you happen to be traveling without your bike, don’t worry—there are plenty of bike rentals shops near the more popular trails, and even guided mountain biking tours.
Ready to ride, but not sure where to go first? Here are some of the best mountain biking trails South Dakota has to offer.
1. The Centennial Trail
This 111-mile trail is going to be on any list of the best mountain biking destinations in South Dakota. Built in 1989 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of South Dakota’s statehood, it starts near Bear Butte State Park and ends in Wind Cave National Park. This trail has it all, from prairie grasslands to climbing into the Black Hills and the high country, with more than 2,000 feet of elevation change along the way. The trail has stream crossings, technical singletrack, and both rolling hills and steep climbing sections. Several trailheads make it easy to access the Centennial Trail, too, so it’s possible to ride just a small section and still get in a great workout.