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Black Hills, South Dakota

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Black Hills National Forest is located in southwestern South Dakota and northeastern Wyoming. The forest has an area of over 1.25 million acres (5,066 km²) and is managed by the Forest Service. Forest headquarters are located in Custer, South Dakota. There are local ranger district offices in Custer, Rapid City, and Spearfish in South Dakota, and in Sundance, Wyoming.Predominantly ponderosa pine, the forest also includes hard woods like aspen, bur oak, and birch. The lower elevations include grassland prairie, but the National Forest System lands encompass most of the mountainous region known as the Black Hills of South Dakota and Wyoming. Within the forest is Black Elk Peak which is the tallest mountain in South Dakota and the highest peak east of the Rocky Mountains in the United States.
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  • The Black Hills of South Dakota are beautiful and a great place to spend a few days. We only had 2 days, so we packed in a lot in those 2 days! One regret is that we made our “home base” in Rapid City...  more »
  • We stayed in Deadwood, drove through the Black Hills on a tour bus and stopped at Lead, Keystone, Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse. Our tour guide was excellent and provided us with so much information ...  more »
  • We went back to the Black Hills again this summer, stayed six nights in the camper cabins at Stockade Lake inside Custer SP. Great place to recharge the batteries while still getting out and about for...  more »
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  • Truly something everyone should go see. Had my grandson and sister and nephew on vacation with me and it was well worth seeing and the history they tell you behind it is just awesome. I recommend this attraction for all ages.
  • I stayed at beautiful cabin that was in the center of the black hills. The mornings to where beautiful and peaceful, there was horse outside and it looked like a ranch. The night was even more amazing I star gazed a lot. The house we rented had a jacuzzi and just laying there in the night was perfect
  • We went here on our way to Seattle and it was beautiful, we went zip lining, saw Mt.Rushmore and had tons of fun!
  • Beautiful driving. Home of Deadwood,Mt.Rushmore. A lot of recreational sites. Not to mention the Sturgis Bike Rally.
  • We wanted to do dispersed camping but it was REALLY hard for us to find a good spot to set up camp in the black hills because it is so hilly, of course. We were able to camp for free - I can't remember now if it was at Breezy Point or Wrinkled Rock, right outside the Rushmore memorial area. Hike to Black Elk Peak was well worth it - bring plenty of water and plan for at least 4 hours, especially if you want to spend a little time at the top. I brought a jacket and was glad I did because it was chilly and windy at the peak.
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