Trails System Proposed For Fort Meade Recreation Area

The federal Bureau of Land Management is proposing a trails system at the Fort Meade Recreation Area in western South Dakota.

The BLM recently released an environmental assessment for the proposed 15-mile trail system on the recreation area near Sturgis, and plans a hearing Thursday at the Alkali Creek Campground to gather public comments. The agency is accepting comments through May 15.

The plan is to use existing trails and build new ones to create a looped system for hikes, mountain bikers, horseback riders and others.

The Rapid City Journal reports that the Black Hills Trails group would help with the project. Member Kevin Forrester says he’s been pushing for a trails system for decades.

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