Flume Trailheads (Trail #50)
The Flume Trail has been designated a National Recreation Trail because of its historical significance to the local people. The historic Flume trail takes you back in time to the mining boom of the 1880s. The Rockerville Flume carried water 20 miles, from Spring Creek west of the present day Sheridan Lake, east to the placer diggings near Rockerville. The flume operated until 1885, and enabled miners to take over $20 million in gold. The trail follows the actual flume bed for much of its length. Along the way you’ll see historic artifacts, tunnels, and parts of the flume itself. Please treat these historic objects with respect, and leave them in place so that others who follow can enjoy this rich history of the Black Hills.
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The Flume Trail connects the Coon Hollow Trailhead near Rockerville with the Calumet Trailhead near the southeast shore of Sheridan Lake. The Coon Hollow Trailhead is located on County Road 233, just west of Rockerville. To access the Calumet Trailhead, take U.S. Highway 385 to the Sheridan Lake Campground, and follow signs to the Flume Trail and Calumet Trailhead near the southeast shore of Sheridan Lake. The Flume Trail is maintained for hikers. No motorized use is allowed.
Please treat this historic area with respect, so that others who follow can enjoy this rich history of the Black Hills. Please do not remove artifacts from the flume or the trail.