Welcome from the Forest Supervisor

Black Hills National Forest Supervisor Mark Van Every

Welcome to the Black Hills National Forest, where first-rate scenic and recreational opportunities await you. Please take some time to discover the beauty and charm of this sensational national treasure.

Established in 1897, the Black Hills National Forest contains over 1.2 million acres in South Dakota and Wyoming. For more than a century this Forest has been managed to ensure that the land is productive and the environment protected.

Unique Features and Highlights

  • The Forest offers accessible recreation for all ages with hiking, horseback riding, driving for pleasure, and riding off-highway vehicles (OHVs) on moderate terrain, as well as outstanding rock climbing opportunities. The area features bike riding on the Mickelson Trail that runs 120 miles north to south in addition to 111 miles of the National Centennial Trail.
  • The Black Hills National Forest supports a vibrant timber industry and is the site of “Case No. 1,” the first ever federal government-regulated timber sale that was sold in 1899.
  • The name “Black Hills” is derived from the Lakota words “paha sapa,” meaning “hills that are black.”
  • Black Elk Peak (formerly Harney Peak) is 7,242 feet above sea level and the highest point between the Rocky Mountains and the Pyrenees.
  • The Forest has one of two National Forest Advisory Boards in the nation. The diverse 16-member Black Hills National Forest Advisory Board provides advice and recommendations to the forest supervisor on a wide range of forest management issues.

I hope you enjoy your experience on the Black Hills National Forest as we strive to achieve quality land management, under a sustainable and multiple-use philosophy, to meet the diverse needs of people by “Caring for the Land and Serving People.”


 - Mark Van Every, Black Hills National Forest Supervisor