Flume Trail

#2 of 32 trails in black hills national forest

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Flume Trail is a 14 mile point-to-point trail located near Rapid City, South Dakota at Sheridan Lake that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from May until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Section 1 6.6 miles Loop A 2.7 miles
Section 2 0.6 miles Loop B 3.8 miles
Section 3 3.8 miles Overlook 0.9 miles

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 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 and parts of the flume itself.

Take U.S. Highway 385 to Sheridan Lake Campground. Follow signs
to Flume Trail and the Calumet Trailhead near the southeast shore of Sheridan Lake. The trail ends near Rockerville at the Coon Hollow Trailhead on County Road 233.

Boat dock has parking but must use the campgrounds faciities, or picnic grounds on the north shore of Sheridan Lake.

Mystic Ranger District
8221 S. Hwy 16
Rapid City, SD 57702
(605) 343-1567

Supervisors Office
1019 N. 5th St.
Custer, SD 57730
(605) 673-9200
TTY (605) 673-9227



1 Completed 1 Reviews

Very pretty trail, slightly hard to navigate with many signs down, but the tunnels were really cool and the lake was beautiful. Not a very difficult hike, but many trails to spend an entire day exploring.



10 Completed 7 Reviews

Nice flat trail for beginning, relaxing overnight backpacking. But can be accomplished in a day if you rush it. Dog friendly. Named after a Bon iver song(lol). Also no horses which is kind of nice. Nice and close to town too.



7 Completed 2 Reviews

This trail is very flat and has very little incline. You could easily do parts of it after work, in the evenings or if you just want to get a nice sampling of what views, hiking in the black hills has to offer. This trail is dog friendly as well.



1 Completed 3 Reviews

Flume Trail physical loacation does not agree with my Garmin's maps. The Flume and the history posted at the Flume are not even near where the Garmin shows it.



1 Completed 3 Reviews

From Sheridan lake south, 3 miles is awesome. Though the Long Tunnel and the Short tunnel; and over the moutain at the Long Tunnel (optional route). Great little hike but did not tackle the whole trail, maybe next year with a longer vacation.