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Custer State Park, Custer

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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. Our Custer travel route planning website makes visiting Custer State Park and other Custer attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • We went early to beat the heat and animals awake. The wildlife loop stated out with 12 birds then near the end we saw bison deer, burrows while around. You could go to bear country instead and see...  more »
  • We pulled off the main road, which was the wild life loop, to pay the $20.00 entrance fee. Many did not. We just spent part of the day driving around the park. I guess the fee is really for...  more »
  • Custer State Park is filled with breathtaking sights and many different ways to exercise. We did hiking and kayaking. Or, just take a meandering drive to see wild buffalo, deer, and burrows.  more »
  • This is a must! Wildlife loop and Needles highway can entertain you alone!
  • This is a must see!! Our trip to SD was ole or my favorites. I especially loved the wildlife loop. It’s beautiful and so much to do in Custer state park. You can easily spend the day there. Make sure to do the whole loop so you don’t miss anything.
  • A beautiful park with incredible rock formations - BUT - be aware it is overrun, tour helicopters are endlessly thumping overhead and there is nothing quiet about the experience, unless you really get deeper into the park. I never want to give nature less than 5 stars, so it's us noisy humans that have lowered the rating on this park.
  • Absolutely our favorite part of our vacation! We went around the wildlife loop and started to think we weren't going to see the bison, but low and behold there were at least 20 of them in a group. One came towards the car and started licking the car then a few more came towards the car. It was the best up close interaction someone could get. I want to add we never got out of our car or tried to touch them though as they are wild animals and can be dangerous.
  • It’s not the best for hiking but when you find those hikes without people and that are kind of off the beaten trail, it’s really pretty and nice. One like this is the French onion creek trail

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