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Black Hills National Forest, Custer

Categories: Forests, National Parks, Nature & Parks
Inspirock Rating:
4.9/5 based on 550+ reviews on the web
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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  • Empty nesters the Forrest part of the park is just beautiful, and the Forestry has done a great job of management, the different trees and we did see several bird species and ground animals, including...  read more »
  • We love the black hills and all the beautiful views. Many Antelopes and at times Buffalo. This is a must see if your in this area. Forget Wall drugs. 
  • This place was amazing. I recommend taking an actual tour of some kind. There is so much to see in this place, that you will miss alot without a tour guide. 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Drove thru the Forrest on a paved road. It was amazing! Basically a trail that you can drive! Beautiful, this made getting thru Mount Rushmore more exciting especially from Deadwood to Mystic to Rushmore!!!!
  • Breathtaking forestland of nearly unspoiled beauty. These hills are something you should see in your lifetime. These hills are also held sacred by the surrounding American Indian tribes.
  • 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.
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