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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 2013
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 »
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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Racine, Wisconsin
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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

We were promised we would see some bison, and we were not disappointed! After driving pretty far into the park, we saw a herd of about 500 bison at least, crossing the road in front of our car! It was such a unique experience to get that close to those huge animals (that were very foreign to us, as we... More

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

After our visit to Mount Rushmore we took the drive to Custer park. Beautiful drive and we saw a Mountain goat on the road. In the park we saw Buffalo (Bison) Antelope, Mule Deer and what looked like young Dall sheep or maybe young mountain goats..

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Custer, South Dakota
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Custer State Park is one of the best public land areas in the country and offers some of the most amazing natural scenery in the state of South Dakota. If you are looking for wildlife, check out the Wildlife Loop Road in the morning or early evening. If you wanna go hiking, there are over 50 miles of trails scattered... More

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Piedmont, South Dakota
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

So many travelers will come through South Dakota to see Mount Rushmore and just keep going. Custer State Park is an attraction for all ages. The 15 mile wildlife loop will usually reveal buffalo on or by the roads, wild burros, antelope, and other wildlife. It is just a big wild animal park. But, we locals urge visitors to remain... More

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Jefferson City, Missouri
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

We came in on the northwest end of the park and left on the northeast end and the varying landscape was amazing! At first you are climbing mountains then you are on wide open plain seeing buffalo. My kids loved seeing "real-live buffalo". The wildlife and landscape were that of which you truly have to experience first-hand! Pack a lunch... More

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Ames, Iowa
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15 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

At the risk of ruining a perfectly calm spot, by promoting it...Custer State Park in the early spring was perfect. Hardly any people and many many animals. We had set the goal of seeing all of the animals in the brochures...we SAW bison, prairie dogs, goats, donkeys, sheep, deer(many, many deer), heron, pronghorn antelope, and on the last day...ELK. The... More

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Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Getting lost trying to find Wind Cave led us to Custer State Park. There is an amazing range of landscapes, from rolling hills to aptly named "needles", towering spires that resemble stalactite-like candle wax dripping along the side of a bottle. Too late on our last day in the area, an entire day at Custer State Park is first on... More

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Erie, Pennsylvania
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

We went here with a group of bikes and what a great ride!!!! One couple in our group got married by a lake in the park and it was so beautiful. We saw a herd of buffalo up close and personal! We stopped the bikes to watch them and it was almost scary how close they were, but we kept... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Word is spreading about what a fun place this is to visit. If you're in the neighborhood of Rapid City, South Dakota (Mount Rushmore/Crazy Horse Memorials) than Custer State Park is a must. You can stay at the state park lodge or the nearby cabins and enjoy first class scenery and food at the restaurant. If you decide to (and... More

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Dallas, TX
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

Beautiful scenery, saw a lot of wildlife (the bison "road show" offered great photo and video opportunities). Cute gift shop in park.

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