Strong Canyon Trailhead

Gravel parking area at trailhead

Strong Canyon Trailhead is accessible from the east side of Highway 385 across from the entrance to Chadron State park. A small parking area on Forest Road 719 a short distance from the highway provides good access to the-non motorized Pine Ridge Trail and other motorized routes. Pine Ridge Trail is open to hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders.

Pine Ridge Trail east to: 

  • Kings Canyon Road is 4.1 miles
  • Spotted Tail Trailhead is 7.7 miles

Forest Road 719 is open to all forms of motorized travel and provides access to motorcycle and ATV trails. Dispersed camping is allowed off of Forest Road 719. Refer to the Motor Vehicle Use map for more information on motorized travel and dispersed camping. 

Please pack in/ pack out and practice Leave No Trace.

At a Glance

Fees: No fee
  • Certified noxious weed-free hay/feed is required on national forest lands.
  • Motorized vehicles are prohibited on Pine Ridge Trail. 
  • Pack it in/Pack it out
Closest Towns: Chadron, NE
Water: No
Restroom: No
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Pine Ridge Ranger District (308) 432-0300

General Information


From Chadron, NE take Highway 385 from the intersection with Highway 20 for approximately 8 miles. Turn east opposite of the entrance to Chadron State Park. Continue about .2 miles on Forest Service Road 719 to a small parking area and the Strong Canyon Trailhead.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Mountain Biking

Day Hiking

Trailhead located across from Chadron State Park, 7.5 mi. trail to Spotted Tail and also accesses Pine Ridge Trail.
Fire Information Pine Ridge Trail
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Horse Riding

OHV Road Riding

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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