This gorgeous, relatively flat Black Hills trail runs along beautiful Iron Creek near Savoy, a tiny berg near Lead and Spearfish in South Dakota. It leads to a network of bike trails in Spearfish Canyon.
This trail is unmarked, so finding it can be a challenge. Take Highway 14A for 11 miles. A few miles past Bridal Veil Falls, a large parking lot before the Iron Creek Bridge will be on the right. According to VisitSpearfish.com, the trail begins when you pass between two large rocks at the western edge of the parking area. If you miss your turn, don’t worry; they say life is about the journey, and Spearfish Canyon happens to be one of the most beautiful drives in the Black Hills.
After hiking Crow Peak the day before, we were looking for a little easier hiking – and we found it here. Framed by the spectacular cliffs that make Spearfish Canyon famous, this relatively flat trail travels through a lush deciduous and evergreen forest along Iron Creek. There are several small but very pretty waterfalls along the way. We did not encounter much poison ivy or many insects, making this a very pleasant hike. There is not much shade, so sunblock is recommended.