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Custer State Park

13329 US Highway 16A East Custer, SD 57730, Custer, SD 57730
605-255-4515
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Ranked #1 of 24 attractions in Custer
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Hiking, Horseback riding, Driving
Traveler Description: Custer State Park , in the Black Hills of western South Dakota , spans 71,000 acres and is one of the largest state parks in the United States... more »
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86 reviews 86 reviews
19 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

We had a nice drive around mid-day through the park... saw some prairie dogs, deer, close encounters with the burros, but absolutely ZERO buffalo. We even took a dirt road or two, couldn't find any. That was kind of a bummer.

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Lenexa, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Custer State Park is a must-do when visiting the Black Hills. The park includes Needles Highway, Sylvan Lake, Wildlife Loop Road, Peter Norbeck Visitor Center, and Iron Mountain Road. The $15 fee is definitely worth the time. The staff is friendly and helpful. You should plan a full day when visiting the park. You should also begin your visit early... More

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Dubuque, Iowa
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51 reviews 51 reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

We loved the scenic roads especially Needles Hwy with the super narrow tunnels, and climbing through the odd shaped rocks.

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West chester
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

The Iron Mountain Road is a real experience! We did the Jeep and Chuck Wagon Cookout. Although we didn't see anything for the first hour, we did get to see some bison up close and personal. The Cookout was like herding cattle - despite the thunder, the staff chose to still have the cookout outside vs. in the pavilion. Our... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

The scenic drives are a must do. I didn't see the buffalo herd on the loop road but it was a pretty drive. I will go back again and stay longer to do some hiking. While you can bicycle, unless you live in a mountain state, I think it was really tough biking due to the hills - more uphill... More

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Akron, Ohio
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

very nice drive through the park, lots to see, buffalo, deer, prairie dogs, donkey's and scenery , i would recommend this drive to anyone

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Needles Highway was awesome! We had a little time extra and decided to do the wildlife loop also. It was well worth the time. We saw buffalo, burros, long horn deer, and praire dogs. If you going to this area save your money and don't pay to go to one of the area attractions to see the local animals -... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Between Needles Highway and Iron Mountain Road, take the time to travel the wildlife loop of Custer State Park. Rolling hills and wildlife galore won't disappoint...take a side road and you may even find yourself in a herd of buffalo like we did. Simply amazing!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

If the buffalo are in roam mood and walking down the main highway, this the best wild animal experience ever! There were many calves and lots of bulls just walking down the road, so it was a wonderful photo opportunity. It is tempting to get out of the car because they seem so tame, so the danger of these huge... More

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Wisconsin
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW via mobile

We drove the wildlife loop a few times the week we were there, July 21-25, got into 2 buffalo jams. Need to go off road to find them early morning or late afternoon. The burros were around and yes they were not interested in food once in awhile, I think cause they were pregnant and just wanted to be left... More

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