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Custer State Park

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Address: 13329 US Highway 16A East Custer, SD 57730, Custer, SD 57730
Phone Number: 605-255-4515
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A 73,000-acre wilderness that draws comparisons to Yellowstone National...

A 73,000-acre wilderness that draws comparisons to Yellowstone National Park when it comes to spectacular scenery and abundant wildlife.

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History unblemished

I loved that this park has been kept simple out of respect for those who lost their lives here. Excellent maps and signage and walkways between points of interest. Well worth... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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Istanbul, Turkey
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22 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I loved that this park has been kept simple out of respect for those who lost their lives here. Excellent maps and signage and walkways between points of interest. Well worth the visit.

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Fishers
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Loved Custer State Park! Fond memories from our honeymoon!! Loved the driving trails through the park and the closeness to the animals!! You can stop and take pictures from inside your vehicle. Beautiful scenery and breathtaking sky views in places. Rest areas with bathrooms and some shopping. Not all bathrooms are inside. Bring hand sanitzer for the port o potties.... More 

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Doylestown, Pennsylvania
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42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We stayed in a state park cabin with our 3 kids. The cabin was clean and cozy with a bathroom and kitchenette. We were pleasantly surprised. The park was beautiful and the amount of wildlife was awesome. We got many close encounters with bison while driving and even met a few friendly donkeys.

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Harrisonburg
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14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This park is beautiful - Sylvan Lake, the Needles, wild burros - we loved it. Easily spend a day or more - lots of great hiking, lovely scenery.

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1 Thank Laura A
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6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent park you can see elk, deer, big horn sheep. Lots of nice hiking trails, you can boat, swim, camp, ride your bike (all types). In the winter time you can snow shoe, cross country ski.

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Baltimore, MD
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73 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

You could easily spend weeks in this park and not lack for things to do, but if you have limited time (as we did), you can spend a pleasant few hours driving through the park and taking short hikes along the way. We thoroughly enjoyed taking pictures of the wildlife during the drive, and our walk/hike around Sylvan Lake was... More 

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Niceville, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This park is enormous with a variety of things to do. If you love to hike and get exercise, there are a ton of trails just around Sylvan Lake alone. You can hike to Harney Peak, the highest point east of the Rockies, Little Devils Tower or around Sylvan Lake which is way cooler than it sounds. If you're not... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spend as much time at Custer Park as we can. Tons of activities for the entire family, from mild to wild.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

No trip to the area would be complete without spending a day (or two) in Custer State Park. We drove the wildlife loop twice - once in the afternoon and then a second trip in the morning. Definitely worth going back as we saw a buffalo herd literally take over one of the campgrounds on the loop! Bring your camera,... More 

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virginia, usa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Arrived about 8 AM in Sept and just after entering the park encountered large herd of bison on the road! Had to stop car and hope they passed me by unscathed. Rolled windows down and had snorting in my ear! The sound of the hooves on pavement still echo in my memory, in a good way! Interesting volunteer encounter at... More 

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