Black Hills National Forest, Custer

4.9
#2 of 27 in Wildlife in South Dakota
Explore the pristine nature of one of North America's most scenic wilderness areas at Black Hills National Forest. Covering over 5,000 sq km (1,931 sq mi), the forest offers breathtaking views, miles of waterways and hiking trails, abundant wildlife, diverse landscapes, and everything else you need for a great time outdoors. The area also features several historical sights, numerous camping grounds and picnic areas, as well as fishing reservoirs. If you don’t have the time for a longer stay, you can enjoy the scenery just as much by driving the forest's scenic byways. Entering the forest area is free of charge, but there are fees for using certain facilities. Put Black Hills National Forest and other Custer attractions into our Custer online travel planner , and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Visited after tourist season was over so saw very few people on the hiking trails... Trails where beautiful and well marked. Great way to spend a day or a few days out in nature  more »
  • What a treasure! This is one of the most beautiful places I have seen. The landscape changes so much. You see a little bit of everything. I was disappointed that I didn't see any buffalo the day I was...  more »
  • The Black Hills Forest has many opportu ities to see great vistas all around you. There are many ways to view the Black Hills and many activities to enjoy, no matter your interests.  more »
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  • A great place to visit with family or explore on your own. Everything well marked. Go during fall months for less crowds. Crazy horse is easily seen from the road before going in and they charge to go in. Unless you want the light show on the rocks at night it's a lot of time used. It's unfinished and won't be in our lifetime but maybe the youngsters will see it someday. The rest of the part should all be seen and do the drives, they are interesting and beautiful and the wildlife can be fun!
  • I actually rated this higher than Yellowstone not because it's outright more scenic or more beautiful but because its beauty is more than I expected and the roads were lovely to ride on and far less crowded than Yellowstone. You can see why riders come from all over the country/world to experience this area. If Yellowstone is like visiting a living museum then the Black Hills are like that really fun camping trip that you take with your friends. Highly recommended if you're on a bicycle or motorcycle. Plenty of local mom-and-pop eateries that are very good to fantastic as well.
  • Good job forest... way to grow some trees. You've outdone yourself. 5 stars. In all reality, I grew up here and I'm a little biased but the beauty and hidden gems in the black hills are second to none. If you are a tourist, don't be a jerk. Let the locals pass you before you stop in the middle of the highway to stare at the wildlife. If you're a local, give the tourists a break. They probably just finished driving through Colorado and they don't know any better.
  • We drove down 14A from Deadwood and did the loop following Spearfish Creak to Spearfish. The views where awesome. Got out a few places and hiked. Took Annie Creek Rd which you need a Jeep or off road vehicle for. That was really neat. Also went up to Roughlock Falls at it was beautiful. Stopped just outside of Spearfish to view the Bridal Vail Falls. If you have the chance this is a wonderful drive through the Black Hills. I have fell in love with South Dakota ❤️
  • Can you say WOW?! So much to do without really going anywhere! The nature hikes are beyond gorgeous, the small towns and the people that live in them through out this Black Hills are just perfect. An amazing place to live or play. You can always find something to keep you busy, and you don't really need much money to do any of it. Keep your eyes peeled for wild life.. it's all around you!
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