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Work finishing on new hiking trail in South Dakota

SPEARFISH (AP) — Finishing touches are being made to a new trail that's already open to the public in western South Dakota.

The Savoy Trail in Spearfish Canyon stretches about 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) from the Roughlock Falls Trailhead to the Savoy pond, the Black Hills Pioneer reported . The trailhead sign describes the trail's difficulty as moderate.

"It extends the stay of people that, when they do show up in the Canyon, they can go a little bit further than what they normally could," said Shannon Percy, the Black Hills Trails district supervisor for the South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks.

The department began working on the trail project last year, Percy said. The free trail is currently open to hikers, though there is still work being done in the area, he said.

"Make a day of it, and spend a whole day in the Canyon," he said. "Just go out and enjoy it."

The trail enhances connectivity in the Savoy area around the Spearfish Canyon Lodge and the Latchstring Restaurant, Percy said.

"So all of that would be connected now," he said. "We're in the process of hopefully finishing up that middle section this summer."