Osprey Trail

Map of Osprey TRACK Trail

The Osprey TRACK Trail is an easy 2.2-mile trail featuring two loops and a spur out to a beautiful overlook of Pactola Lake.

Along the way, you will trek through the meadows and pine forests that create the banks of the lake.

In spring and summer, wildflowers turn the meadows into a coloful natural painting. Be sure to look up, though. Abundant lake views will offer the chance to see soaring and swooping birds of prey. The lake is a favorite hunting groud for ospreys and bald eagles.

 

Have fun as you travel the trail, exploring the Black Hills, and discovering its wonders.

Track an adventure here
Sticker for Osprey  TRACK Trail

Location Details

Recreational Features: Mountain Bike Trails, Camping, Picnic Tables, Birding, Photography
Amenities: Restrooms
ADA Compliant: No
Seasonality: Open all year
Bumble bee on purple coneflower
Pactola Lake
Trailhead sign
Bench with view of Pactola Lake
Trail along Pactola Lake shore
Rocky shore of Pactola Lake
Wildflowers

Adventures for Osprey Trail

Hiking

Birds of the Black Hills

Difficulty:
Easy
Trail length:
2.20
In the Black Hills, over 300 bird species can be found. From the tree tops to the ground, whether by sight or sound, birds can be found all around.
Hiking

Nature's Hide & Seek

Difficulty:
Easy
Trail length:
2.20
The Nature's Hide & Seek brochure is designed so that kids of all ages can walk along the trail and discover common things that are often overlooked in nature. Some of them are hard to find, others are easy. Best of all, the adventure never ends because every time you walk the trail you will discover new things hiding in nature.
Hiking

Tracks & Traces

Difficulty:
Easy
Trail length:
2.20
No animal can pass through an area without leaving traces. As you walk down the trail, use this brochure to discover the types of tracks and traces animals leave behind.
Bug Out brochure
Hiking

Bug Out

Difficulty:
Easy
Trail length:
2.20
Bugs come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and colors, so it can be easy to mistake one family of creepy-crawlies for another. On your hike today, use this brochure to get "Bugged Out" and learn the differences between insects, spiders, and other common arthropods.

Directions

17469-17485 Custer Gulch Rd
Rapid City, SD 57702
Latitude: 44.071098000000
Longitude: -103.502709000000

From Rapid City, travel about 15 miles west on Highway 44.  Turn south (left) onto Highway 385 and continue for 2.7 miles.  Just after the Pactola Visitor’s Center turn west (right) onto Custer Gulch Road.  Wind along the lake, past the beach for 1.4 miles before you turn north (right) following the signs to Pactola Campground.  Go all the way through to the end of the campground facility past the fee booth to the trailhead.   

Partners

This TRACK Trail made possible through a collaboration with the Black Hills National Forest.