Photo of the Blackberry Trailhead sign with ponderosa pine trees in the background.
Information kiosk at the start of the Blackberry Trail.

NPS Photo

The Blackberry Trail, a designated National Recreational Trail, is a moderately strenuous one mile gravel trail that connects with the Centennial Trail in the Black Elk Wilderness, part of the Back Hills National Forest.

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.

Hikers can begin their exploration at the Blackberry Trail trailhead located across South Dakota Highway 244 from the parking facility.

This trail is pet friendly. Remember to keep your pet on a leash shorter than six feet and to pick up after your pet.

Aerial photo of the grounds at Mount Rushmore with the pet areas near the parking garages highlighted in the middle of the lower half of the image and the location of the Blackberry Trail marked on the far left side of the image.
Aerial photo of the grounds at Mount Rushmore National Memorial.
Image of a hiking trail map showing the Blackberry Trail and nearby trails in the Black Elk Wilderness.
Trail map showing the boundaries of Mount Rushmore National Memorial and the location of the Blackberry Trail.

Map courtesy of Black Hills National Forest.

Last updated: November 30, 2021

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13000 Highway 244
Building 31, Suite 1

Keystone, SD 57751


605 574-2523
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