New Black Hills trails to add over 20 miles near Sturgis

Officials from the Black Hills National Forest, Black Hills Trails and the city of Sturgis gathered Monday, July 1, to celebrate the latest addition to the region’s official recreational trail network

Kevin Forrester, of Black Hills Trails, shows a map of the recreational trail system posted at a trailhead in south Sturgis. Jim Holland / Rapid City Journal

Kevin Forrester, of Black Hills Trails, shows a map of the recreational trail system posted at a trailhead in south Sturgis. Jim Holland / Rapid City Journal

A map of the Sturgis Trail System, as posted at a trailhead on Pineview Drive in Sturgis. Rapid City Journal

A map of the Sturgis Trail System, as posted at a trailhead on Pineview Drive in Sturgis. Rapid City Journal

STURGIS — Officials from the Black Hills National Forest, Black Hills Trails and the city of Sturgis gathered Monday, July 1, to celebrate the latest addition to the region’s official recreational trail network.

A decision recently signed by Steve Kozel, the national forest’s Northern Hills district ranger, allows 16 miles of non-motorized trails in the Sturgis area to be constructed and maintained on Forest Service land. Another 5.3 miles of new trails are on land owned by the city of Sturgis, bringing the total new mileage to 21.3.

The new trails are in the forested hills and mountains just to the southwest of Sturgis. They connect to the existing Centennial Trail, which runs north-south through the entirety of the Black Hills, and to the 7th Cavalry Trails, which are just east of Sturgis.

“It’s a great connection to the public lands near the city of Sturgis,” Kozel said Monday during a press conference at one of the trailheads in the city. “It’s going to provide them great recreational opportunities for the residents that live here and the visitors that come to the Black Hills.”

Kevin Forrester, of Black Hills Trails, said the nonprofit organization has raised and spent about $200,000 in support of the trail system, or more than $500,000 when the value of volunteer labor is included.

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