Friendship Tower is a great little hike just outside Deadwood. It is located in Mount Roosevelt Picnic Area just about 3.5 miles out of town.
The tower was built in 1919 as a tribute to President Theodore Roosevelt from Seth Bullock. There have been recent stabilization and preservation improvements made to the tower.
It is possible to climb to the top and enjoy great views of the area. There are also several picnic tables and a vault toilet.
If you have some extra time when you are in the Deadwood area, I would encourage you to check this out. I don’t believe they plow the road in the winter, so this is a summer and fall hike.
Directions to Friendship Tower from Deadwood
Head north on US Highway 85 out of Deadwood, turn onto Mt Roosevelt road at the Lodge at Deadwood and you will find the picnic area and tower about 2 miles down the road. Watch my video to see the drive.