Favorite Black Hills Hiking Spots

One of the best ways to get outdoors and enjoy quality time with your family is by hiking, so it’s no wonder this is one of the most popular Black Hills things to do!

Luckily, there are tons of great places to go hiking near our Black Hills cabin rentals, so you don’t have to go far to get on the trails. 

Hiking in the Black Hills

crazy horse monument

Mickelson Trail

The George S. Mickelson Trail might be the most iconic place to go hiking in the Black Hills. This 109-mile trail runs all through South Dakota. Though it’s not for the faint of heart, it’s worth it to see destinations like the Crazy Horse Monument and Wind Caves National Park! 

close up of green moss

Sunday Gulch Trail

A strenuous yet quiet hike, Sunday Gulch Trail offers a nearly three-mile loop with a challenging beginning. Along the way, you’ll get amazing views of the green moss and beautiful streams running through the area. This trail is also near Harney Peak, so if you’re up for it, you could knock them both out in one day. 

hikers on the flume trail, photo credit travel south dakota

Flume Trail

Near Rapid City, you’ll find the Flume Trail, an almost 4-mile loop that’s a great option for all ages and skill levels. Kids and adults alike can agree that this is one of the best family-friendly things to do in the Black Hills! There are all kinds of wildlife to spot, and the trail is relatively short and doesn’t have tons of incline, making it ideal for the whole family. 

Photo Credit: Travel South Dakota

Crow Peak Trail

This 6.8-mile trail is located near Spearfish and is known for its breathtaking flowers. Suppose you’re searching for a bit less strenuous outdoor activities in the Black Hills. In that case, this is a good option, as this trail is rated “moderate.” The trail is well-marked and is properly maintained, so you’ll know you can navigate with confidence regardless of your skill level.

man and children fishing

Horse Thief Lake Trail

Head toward Keystone, and you’ll find the Horse Thief Lake Trail, a destination where the entire family can hike, pups included! Of all the Black Hills hikes, this one might be the most beautiful since it’s located right near the lake. People tend to come to this trail not only to hike but also to fish. It’s recommended to hike this one in the summertime since it can be prone to snow and ice in colder months. 

Black Hills Cabin Rentals

After enjoying an excellent hike or some of the other family-friendly activities in the Black Hills, head back to Executive Lodging and relax in one of our rentals! We are proud to offer a wide selection of cabin rentals in the Black Hills, perfect for groups of all sizes. Contact us today to see which of our rentals will be best for your trip! 

Plan Your Visit

On your Black Hills hike, be sure to come prepared. Sturdy shoes and high-quality socks are a must to keep your feet comfortable. You’ll also want a hat and sunscreen and plenty of water and snacks. Binoculars and a walking stick are optional, but many people enjoy having them. Finally, remember to take your time and enjoy the journey as you hike!