Flume Trail

photo: The Flume Trail. Remnants of the mining boom of the 1880s. Photo by Visit Rapid City.

Type: Backcountry
Length: 11.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Camping
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Wildlife Observation
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Location: Sheridan Lake Campground, off US 385 southwest of Rapid City.
State(s): South Dakota
Counties: Pennington
Latitude: 43.95504
: -103.36872

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.


The 11-mile historic Flume Trail takes you back in time to the mining boom of the 1880's. The Rockerville Flume carried water 20 miles, from Spring Creek west of present day Sheridan Lake, east to the placer diggings near Rockerville. 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. Because of these fragile artifacts, this is a hiker's only trail.
Special features along the trail include:
* Spring Creek Canyon, a scenic walk-in fishery just below Sheridan Lake Dam
* Two flume tunnels about a half-mile below the dam
* Spring Creek Loop, a three-mile circle route on the north end of the trail
* Boulder Hill, a high rocky vista with spectacular views of the eastern Black Hills, plains and Badlands.

Additional Details

Primary Surface: Not Available
Secondary Surface: None
Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: Hiking the Flume Trail

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Black Hills National Forest
Route 2
P.O. Box 200
Custer , SD 57730
(605) 673-2251



The Flume Trail. Remnants of the mining boom of the 1880s. Photo by Visit Rapid City.

The Flume Trail. Remnants of the mining boom of the 1880s. Photo by Visit Rapid City.


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