Hiking The Deerfield Trail

The 7th most popular hiking trail in South Dakota.

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Near Rochford in the Black Hills National Forest, the Deerfield Trail is a 28 mile non-motorized trail complex connects the Deerfield recreation area with the rest of the Black Hills on more than 200 miles of trail, including the Centennial Trail and the George S. Mickelson Trail. Hikers, mountain bikers, horse riders and cross counrty skiers can enjoy the trails, although not all trail sections are suitable for all uses.

Eight trailheads provide convenient access at intervals of one to nine miles. You can plan trips of an hour, a day or several days. Both trails are marked with brown posts bearing distinctive logos, and are easy to follow.

In addition to great scenery and abundant wildlife, youll pass by a variety of historic sites including a log flume, cabins, mines, tunnels and railroad grades.


Kinney Canyon Trailhead on the Rochford Road, three miles north of the Deerfield Highway.

Mystic Trailhead on the Mystic Road north of the Deerfield Highway, provides access to the George S. Mickelson Trail as well.

Silver City Trailhead at roads end, just above Silver City on Rapid Creek.

Deer Creek Trailhead on the Silver Cityroad just west of US 385, also serves the 111-mile Centennial Trail.

Overall, Deerfield Trail is the 7th most popular hiking trail of all 10 hikes in South Dakota. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Deerfield Trail including Centennial Trail, Sundance Trail System, Norbeck - Grizzly Creek Loop, Mickelson Trail, Little Spearfish / Rimrock Trails and Old Baldy TrailEagle Cliff Trails.

Deerfield Trail Hiking Map



Local Contact(s):  Black Hills National Forest (605) 343-1567; SD Tourism (800) 732-5682.

Recommended Book:  "Hiking The Black Hills" from Bert Gildart

Recommended Map:  "Trail Map For Telluride, Silverton, Ouray" from Trails Illustrated

Best Season:  May - Sep

Luxury Loding:  Sylvan Lake Cabins (605) 255-4515; Cottonwood Lodge (605) 642-2234

Reference Source:  click here https://www.fs.usda.gov/blackhills

GPS:  44.02603, -103.79879

Date Published:  5/18/2016

Date Updated:  4/2/2018

ID:  14914

Deerfield Trail Hiking Map


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