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Custer State Park, Custer

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.8/5 based on 3,800+ reviews on the web
Experience over 28,732 hectares (71,000 acres) of rugged wilderness deep in the Black Hills at Custer State Park. A popular site for recreation and leisure, the park boasts dozens of hiking and driving routes, as well as a number of resorts and campgrounds for overnight stays. Drive along the 29 km (18 mi) scenic Wildlife Loop Road to take in the lush green landscape and wildlife sightings, including a herd of 1,300 bison, one of the largest publicly owned herds in the world, and over 186 species of birds. Keep in mind that the entrance fee is valid for 7 days if you would like to return to the park or extend your stay. Make Custer State Park part of your personalized Custer itinerary using our Custer tourist route planner.
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  • We are empty nesters who travel a little out of seasons to avoid the crowds and you can save some money on hotels. We loved the park, the varieties of landscape you passed though.. make sure to do the...  read more »
  • Custer State Park is remarkable. We saw lots of wildlife in the drive through the park. It was after the busy summer season so not much traffic and the trees were starting to turn so very beautiful. 
  • From the traquility of Sylvan Lake to the majestic beauty of the Needles Highway to the abundant wildlife, this park has it all. 
  • Beautiful spot. Makes you realize how we have been here for just a small blip in time. Really inspiring spot. Roads are really well maintained. The whole area except for the tourist traps are really quite amazing. Spearfish Canyon is not to be missed as well.
  • A must see on your trip to the Black Hills. The bison herd is amazing. We saw Pronghorn, turkey, and deer also. The tame Donkeys are a highlight for the kids. Stop at the Wildlife Loop visitors center first. They have a map where the bison and donkeys have been spotted that day. Well worth the entry cost. Everything appeared neat and well kept.
  • Beautiful, family-friendly, accessible. Nice lake for swimming and canoeing or kayaking. Big rocks fun for kids to climb, but parents, keep a lookout! Well worth the $20 vehicle access fee. Could hardly ask for a better place to spend a summer afternoon.
  • Sylvan lake was built by my great-great-great-grandfather, Theodore Reder. So we go often. But so does everyone else- proof that it is a great place to go. This last time we hiked Sunday Gulch - just below the dam. It makes a loop, but the 1/2 mile along the stream directly below the dam is the best part!
  • When in South Dakota and looking to see buffalo, Custer State Park is the place to go. We drove through the entirety of it and thought we’d miss seeing any wildlife – let alone buffalo. The park is very large though, and after seeing some great views we finally got what we’d come for. Crossing the street was a herd of the most majestic animal these eyes have ever seen. Stoic and not at all concerned by our presence, families of buffalo zig-zagged between cars, slowly making their way to the other side of the road. Some of the more curious youngsters wandered near car windows for a bit, but mostly kept to the herd. Farther along, Bighorn Sheep graze in fields waiting for people to come on by. These little guys are not shy! They followed, butted, and walked alongside us for a bit – until some people with food showed up (I don’t blame ‘em!) We also visited the Crazy Horse memorial – well, what we could see without paying the hefty $50 fee up to the carving itself. While the carving is very awesome to see, it’s hard to look at it and believe it will ever be completed. But I have hope! At the visitor’s center, there were plenty of activities and learning experiences for all ages. Custer State Park is an experience waiting to happen. If you go only to see wild buffalo after checking out Mt. Rushmore, you will leave rewarded. Definitely well worth the visit!
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