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Black Hills National Forest, Custer

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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. Use our Custer trip builder to arrange your visit to Black Hills National Forest and other attractions in Custer.
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  • The Black Hills of South Dakota is many times overlooked as a tourist destination. Many times it is viewed as merely a pit-stop on the way to Yellowstone Park. Tens of thousands of Harley Riders would...  more »
  • We had our grandchildren with us and they enjoyed every minute of this trip as well as we did. There was so much to see! The buffalo and antelope were amazing to watch. There were babies following the...  more »
  • For all lovers of Nature, the great wilderness, animals and l ' atmosphere, we receive the Americans; the happiness!
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  • I have been in love with the black hills ever since I was a little boy. It is a frequent place for me and my family to camp. The scenery is truly amazing, and unique to this area. There are many types of wildlife species here to see, mountain goats, bison, and donkeys to name a few. A must see for anyone who visits South Dakota or the surrounding area. A great place for nature photographers as well.
  • One of my absolute favorite places to visit of all the parks. Beautiful colors, formations, scenery, wildlife. I can easily see why the Native Americans held this as one their most sacred places. Coupled with Custer State Park (horribly named by the way) and Badlands and you can't miss. Without a doubt you need to make this a must stop on your trip.
  • Great national park, with all sorts of different things to offer. If you love viewing wildlife you'll have to take a drive through Custer State Park and see the bison & wild donkeys. If you're a history buff then there are two major monuments, Crazy Horse and Mount Rushmore, to visit both with tons of visitor info and a large area to explore with great photo-ops. If scenic views are your thing then you have to take a drive down Needles Highway and around Iron Mountain. There are plenty of places to stop and get a bite to eat or rest as well as buy souvenirs. On a motorcycle I'd rate this a must do. Pro tip, watch out for traffic on Needles Highway, it is truly a one lane road with lots of sharp winding turns and caution is advised.
  • I love the upper parts of the forest especially the tunnel with view on MT Rushmore. But Avoid in the summer it is crowded and as there are very few roads you're patience will be tested. best period is may or october.
  • Very beautiful forest, especially along the Needle's Highway. If you came to see Rushmore, make the drive to see this. You will not regret it!