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Black Hills National Forest, Custer

4.9
#2 of 13 in Wildlife in South Dakota
Forest National Park
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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  • We drove for hours exploring the Black Hills of South Dakota. It is so serene and scenic. Loved the beauty and tranquility of the area.  more »
  • My oldest son now wants to move to the Black Hills. He says it's the most beautiful place he has ever seen. My youngest son said its all just so natural! He is a real homebody, computer geek generally...  more »
  • Like Mt Rushmore, you expect to be blown away by the bison at Black Hills National Forest and you are. At one point, we saw several bison running off in the distance. We took pictures. Soon enough, th...  more »

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You'll feel like you're experiencing life in the Old West on the outskirts of Custer, where several vacation cabins combine the grandeur of the Black Hills' scenery with amenities such as in-room televisions and Wi-Fi. Many are located just a short drive from Main Street. For a real adventure, consider staying in one of the area's campgrounds. To explore Custer's cultural delights on foot, book a room in a downtown hotel, motel, or bed and breakfast.
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