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Hill City South Dakota

For the feel of a small town with all the fun of a bigger city, plan on spending some time in Hill City, South Dakota.

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  • Hill City can be found 27 miles south of Rapid City on Highway 16.
  • Due to its proximity to many Black Hills attractions, Hill City has various places to stay.
  • Several locations in town are thought to be haunted.


Located nearly in the center of the Black Hills Region and nearly in the center of the attractions of the Black Hills, Hill City bills itself as the “Heart of the Hills”. Hill City is also known for being the spot where ghosts are thought to frequent – especially at the Hill City High School, the 1880 Train and at two local bars.


Hill City can be found along Highway 16, just 27 miles southwest of Rapid City, South Dakota.


Despite its small population – roughly 1000 inhabitants - Hill City has a large inventory of motels, campgrounds, restaurants and attractions. These amenities make it an ideal base camp for touring in the southern Black Hills.


There is a myriad of fun things to do in the area of Hill City including biking, bird watching, camping, canoeing, caving, scenic drives, fishing, hiking, horse riding, hunting, and panning for gold.


Take just a short drive from Hill City and you will find yourself at Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial, and Custer State Park.

Getting Here

Once you are in Hill City, you are in the midst of the Black Hills. To get to this quaint fun little town exit Interstate 90 at Rapid City and travel along Highway 16 for approximately 27 miles.

Other Hill City South Dakota Resources

Pennington County

Official site for the Pennington County of South Dakota.