Blacktail Trail


Blacktail Trail winding through grassy hills with trees

This seven-mile, gravel-surfaced loop trail features mixed grass prairie, badlands formations, and scenic viewpoints. Open to hiking, moutain biking, and horseback riding.


At a Glance

Operational Hours: Open year-round. Wear bright clothing or consider avoiding use during fall hunting season (October and November).
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site
Restrictions: No motorized use.
Closest Towns: Lemmon, SD
Information Center: Grand River Ranger District, 605-374-3592

General Information


From Lemmon, SD, travel approximately 16 miles south on Highway 73. Turn east on Forest Road 5626 and travel for a half mile. Turn north on Forest Road 5740 and travel for one mile. 


Accesible facilities and parking for cars, trucks, and trailers available at the Blacktail Trailhead.



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Interpretive Site Interpretive panels along the trail
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