Black Hills Overlook

Large gravel parking area near a lookout

The Black Hills Overlook provides views of the surrounding Pine Ridge and grasslands and Black Hills of South Dakota. Forest Service Road 714A accessed from the western edge of Chadron State Park provides vehicle access to a small parking lot. From the trailhead it’s a short walk to the overlook. 

As you pass thru this area on Road 714A you can still see the effects of the 1973 Dead Horse Fire. Most recently the area burned in 2012 with the effects being more noticeable in the overlook area. Some of this area was replanted in the spring of 2018.

The trailhead is also an access point for the Pine Ridge Trail which provides access to these nearby areas:

*No services available. Please pack in pack out your garbage.

Trees outlined by the fading light at an overlook View over a partially wooded valley Large gravel parking area near a lookout

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Year-round
Fees: No fee
Usage: Medium
  • Certified noxious weed-free hay/feed is required on national forest lands.
  • Motorized vehicles are prohibited on Pine Ridge Trail. 
Closest Towns: Chadron, NE
Water: No
Restroom: No
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Pine Ridge Ranger District 
16524 Hwy 385
Chadron, NE 69337
308-432-0304 TDD

General Information


From Chadron, Nebraska travel south on Highway 385 from the intersection with Highway 20 for approximately 8 miles to the entrance of Chadron State Park. Take the paved loop road through the park. At the west end of the loop look for the gravel road heading west to the Black Hills Overlook. Follow Forest Service Road 714A for 1.5 miles to the parking area and trailhead.

Note: A State Park pass not required for access to National Forest as long as you don’t stop inside the park.

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