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Contact: Maureen McGee-Ballinger, 605-574-3115
Keystone, South Dakota – May 30, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke designated the Blackberry Trail at Mount Rushmore National Memorial as a nationally recognized recreational trail joining the recreational trails system that stretches across the United States.
The Blackberry Trail is a one-mile section of gravel trail that connects with the Centennial Trail in the Black Elk Wilderness, part of the Back Hills National Forest. A moderately strenuous trail, equestrian users, hikers, and wildlife observers will all find something to enjoy. There are several small water crossings, a wooden bridge, several horse tie-up stations, and two picnic tables to enhance recreational enjoyment.
“We are extremely excited that the Blackberry Trail has received this national designation. During the 2016-2017 season, in coordination with the Mount Rushmore Society, a donor, and the Backcountry Horsemen of South Dakota, the Blackberry Trail was re-designed, re-routed, and rehabilitated. It is wonderful to see the trail open and in active use. Visitors ride or hike in solitude enjoying the trees, birds, and geology of Mount Rushmore,” stated Superintendent Cheryl Schreier.
If traveling on horseback, visitors will begin their trek in the Black Elk Wilderness following the Centennial Trail. Equestrians should familiarize themselves with United States Forest Service wilderness regulations prior to their journey. Hikers can begin their exploration at the Blackberry trail head located across from the parking facility.
For additional park information, please visit the Mount Rushmore National Memorial website at www.nps.gov/moru.