Deerfield Trail Horseback Riding

The 5th most popular equestrian 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 horseback riding 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 5th most popular horse trail of all 17 horseback rides in South Dakota. Several of the better horse trails are nearby Deerfield Trail including Centential Trail, Centennial Trail, Mickelson Trail, Big Hill Trails, Eagle Cliff Trails and Old Baldy TrailLittle Spearfish / Rimrock Trails.

Deerfield Trail Horseback Riding Map



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

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

Best Season:  May - Sep

Base Camp:  Plenty Star Ranch Campground (605) 673-3012

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

Reference Source:  click here

GPS:  44.02603, -103.79879

Date Published:  12/24/2015

Date Updated:  4/2/2018

ID:  14916

Deerfield Trail Horseback Riding Map


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