Big Hill Trails Horseback Riding

The 4th most popular equestrian trail in South Dakota.

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South of Spearfish in the Black Hills National Forest, the Big Hill Trails is a network of five horseback riding trails totaling 10+ miles.

The horseback riding trailhead is approximately 7 miles south of Spearfish on 134 (Tinton Road).


Maintained trails on the forest are marked with blazes and brown fiberglass posts. Blazes are in the form of | either cut in the bark of pine trees or painted on redwood signs. Brown fiberglass posts are used where there are no trees.

Loops A, A.1 and B primarily meander through mixed stands of quaking aspen, paper birch and ponderosa pine.

Loops C, D and trail C.1 cross extensive stands of ponderosa pine with small patches of quaking aspen and paper birch.

Loop A 2.1 mi. Easy

Loop A.1 0.5 mi. Easy

Loop B 2.4 mi. More Difficult

Loop C 5.5 mi. More Difficult

Loop C.1** 1.5 mi. Easy

Loop D 4.5 mi. More Difficult

Overall, Big Hill Trails is the 4th most popular horse trail of all 17 horseback rides in South Dakota. Several of the better horse trails are nearby Big Hill Trails including Centential Trail, Centennial Trail, Mickelson Trail, Eagle Cliff Trails, Old Baldy Trail and Deerfield TrailLittle Spearfish / Rimrock Trails.

Big Hill Trails Horseback Riding Map



Local Contact(s):  Black Hills National Forest (605) 673-2251; SD Tourism (800) 732-5682.

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:  44.41764, -103.94384

Date Published:  12/30/2015

Date Updated:  4/1/2018

ID:  14926

Big Hill Trails Horseback Riding Map


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