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South Dakota
Black Hills & Badlands Region
Custer State Park
CUSTER STATE PARK
CUSTER STATE PARK
13329 US Hwy 16a
Custer, South Dakota   57730

Phone: 605-255-4515
Reservations: 800-710-2267
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Custer State Park
'Sylvan Lake'

Custer State Park
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Custer State Park
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Custer State Park
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Custer State Park
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Ol Glory with Mt. Rushmore

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Custer State Park

Custer State Park

Custer State Park in the Black Hills encompasses 71,000 acres of spectacular terrain and an abundance of wildlife.Within the park, you'll discover a world of adventure!

Favorite outdoor activities include hiking 7,242-foot Harney Peak, mountain biking, horseback riding, rock climbing, fishing, chuckwagon suppers and jeep rides to see the bison.

The park boasts scenic drives such as the Needles Highway (SD 87), which twists and turns its way past towering rock formations and through narrow tunnels. At the end of one tunnel stands the Needles Eye, a granite spire with a slit only 3 to 4 feet wide but reaching 30 to 40 feet in the air.

History and culture also abound. Walk the banks of French Creek, where Custer's expedition first discovered gold in 1874. Take in a theater performance at the Black Hills Playhouse. Or, visit the log cabin that was home to Badger Clark, South Dakota's first poet laureate.
Cabins
Custer State Park does not have the basic one-room camping cabins that are available in some of the other state parks. Other types of cabins, historic lodge rooms and motel units are available.
Camping
campgrounds offer a variety of scenic sites. Set up camp along a flowing stream, in the midst of pine forest, or near a mountain lake. The choice is yours! Camping fees range from $13-18 per unit. None have hookups.


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Trails
Custer State Park's 71,000 acres offer a lifetime of hiking opportunities. Besides the designated trails described in this information, hiking is allowed anywhere in Custer State Park. Some areas may be posted closed due to resource management concerns.

Other Trail Activities:Mountain biking is allowed in Custer State Park, some areas may be posted closed for resource management concerns. A brochure describing biking opportunities may be found at the Visitor Centers.

Horseback riding is allowed in most areas of Custer State Park, except in those areas posted which include the Sylvan Lake watershed and the Grace Coolidge Walk-in Fishing Area. Other areas may be posted closed due to resource management concerns. A map of marked horse trails may be found at the Visitor Centers.
Nature Programs
The park offers many educational programs and family activities. For example, park rangers lead guided nature walks and gold-panning excursions. Living-history demonstrations, such as candle making and woodworking, take place at the Gordon Stockade. Evening campfire programs feature slide shows, outdoor-cooking demonstrations and films. For the kids, the Junior Naturalist Program teaches them about the outdoors through hands-on activities.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
August 21 Buffalo everywhere!
We rode thru on our motorcycle and the buffalo walked right by us! It is like being in a movie!
July 11 WHAT A GREAT VACATION
If you ever thought about going to see the area quit thinking about it and go it was worth the 16 hr drive for me 0ne way....I promise you wont be disapointed.
April 26 This has become my second home.
First saw the park as a small boy and have not missed a summer here for over 35 years. I recommend to everyone to see and stay in the park at least once.
March 5 A great experience!! by Tammy
We were here around 4-5 summers ago. I can still remember how awsome it felt to see the wild buffalo,and other wildlife. I have always said I would LOVE to up and move to South Dakota and after being there that feeling is even stronger. I dream of the day when I will be able to make a return trip. Ohio seems like a world away from this majestic, beautiful place.
February 7 We visit again and again! by Kathy
The Black Hills of South Dakota and Custer State Park is my favorite place in the country! We visit there every year (from Iowa) I love to visit all the familiar places and yet continue to find something new each time. We visited in January this year to have a new experience and will be returning in the fall. The beauty of the Park, the smell of the trees, impressive wildlife, makes me want to get in the car and go right now!
January 8 BEST PLACE ON EARTH by wisconsin camper
I cant think of a place that is more majestic and beautiful.
November 21 Lots of Interesting Terrain by Basaic
This is a large park. There was lots of wildlife, pretty scenery, and history. Too bad I was so rushed. I need to return when I have more time.
July 28 WHERE THE BUFFALO ROAM by John & Kathy
We loved the park. We were amazed to see at close range, the hundreds of Buffalo. We also enjoyed the Burros and Prarie Dogs. Thanks to the informative park ranger who was giving a talk on how every thing on the Buffalo was used by the Indians. The roads were in good condition and we enjoyed the scenic views & trails as we traveled though the park over 4 days.
June 25 stars, streams and swimming by stanza28
one of my favorite places on earth.
December 29 by ali
September 26 All around awesome! by 2sillydogs
The Black Hills are amazing. So many things to see and do. Truly a must see place, you will not be bored!


Area Campgrounds

Heritage Village
24829 Village Avenue
Crazy Horse, SD


Beaver Lake Campground
12005 West Highway 16
Custer, SD


Big Pine Campground
12084 Big Pine Road
Custer, SD


Broken Arrow Campground
Flynn Creek Road
Custer, SD


Custer/Crazy Horse Campground
1116 North 5th Street
Custer, SD


Custer Mt. Rushmore KOA
12021 US Hwy 16
Custer, SD


Custers Gulch Campground
25112 Golden Valley Road
Custer, SD


Echo Valley Park Campground
RR 2 Box 202J
Custer, SD
605-673-3368


Flintstone's Bedrock City Campground
232 Mt. Rushmore Road
Custer, SD
605-673-4664


Fort Welikit Family Campground
24992 Sylvan Lake Road
Custer, SD


French Creek RV Park
144 South 4th Street
Custer, SD
605-673-3727


Horse Thief Resort
24391 Highway 87
Hill City, SD


Mt. Rushmore/Hill City KOA
12620 Highway 244
Hill City, SD


Kemps Kamp
1022 Old Hill City Road
Keystone, SD


Spokane Creek Campground
24631 Iron Mountain Road
Keystone, SD


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