Black Hills National Forest, Custer

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#2 of 11 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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  • October 4, 2017
    What a drive, wildlife, views, up close to nature and open prairies to view. Huge rock formations, variety of wildlife to view and not that many crowds. Near Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Monument, Cust...  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    While staying at Custer State Park, we were within driving distance to Black Hills National Forest, Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial, and the sights were all beautiful, unique, and enjoyed. You ca...  more »
  • October 1, 2017
    This area has many beautiful landscapes, from canyons to prairies, with a variety of wildlife to see also.  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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