Rapid City/Black Hills, SD

Rapid City: Leonard Swanson Memorial Pathway

Almost all great running routes in Rapid City incorporate some section of the paved multi-use “Swanny” Trail along Rapid Creek. Nearly the entire 8-mile trail forms a sort of linear park. The path borders downtown, and can be easily accessed from Roosevelt Park, Memorial Park, or Founders Park. To the east, it heads through Steele Avenue Park and follows the riverbank to just past Campbell Street. To the west, runners can follow the route through Sioux Park, Jackson Park, and Canyon Park to the terminus at Cleghorn Canyon. For loop options, Canyon Lake Park and Memorial Park are the best areas to explore.

  • Up to 16 miles (26 km) out and back
  • 290 feet
  • Varies
  • Rt. 44