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“Eeeh” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Petrified Forest of the Black Hills

Petrified Forest of the Black Hills
8220 Elk Creek Road, Piedmont, SD 57769
1-800-846-2267
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Ranked #2 of 3 Attractions in Piedmont
Type: Geologic Formations, Outdoors
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“Eeeh”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2012 via mobile

The petrified wood was pretty cool. The self guided tour was the best part. The shop is over priced. The movie was very boring, but the staff was friendly and very knowledgeable

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2012

This was the biggest disappointment of our trip through the Black Hills. First of all, despite an open sign on the door, there was no one there. We had to go back down (the extremely steep) hill to the office of the campground and talk to the person there in order to get in. She said she could let us into see the petrified wood (basically a glorified nature walk), but that she would not open the museum or the explanatory movie for us. She'd give us a $1.50 off per person because of this.

So basically we paid $5 a person for a walk in the woods.

There are some good quality, interesting pieces of petrified wood along the trail, but I have to question the validity of some of the information on the handout; for example, there were two different areas that claimed to be 100 feet long, but one was quite obviously twice the length of the other. Most of the petrified wood examples are very similar, being roughly the same size and shape and the same kind of tree.

Also, without being able to see the museum, we were left without any information about why the petrified wood was there or how it had formed, which took away much of the appeal.

If we wanted, when we were done, we could have driven back down the hill yet again and gotten someone to open their "rock shop" which seemed to be mostly rocks just found around the property. We obviously didn't waste our time.

It's possible, if you have full access to everything, that this is at least mildly educational and neat. But despite visiting during normal hours on a weekend, this was apparently too much to ask, and the price is too expensive for not getting to see the entire site. Skip it; there's plenty of better things to do in the Black Hills, and lots of interesting geological quirks to see that will be a better time and less of a rip-off.

Visited May 2012
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“Nothing special, lots of petrified wood”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2012

A curiosity of some interest, but nothing that unique

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Redcar, United Kingdom
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“ok”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2011

this petrified forest costs $9 each to walk around a small loop of petrified wood, its ok for a school outing but we would say not a must do on your holidays we thought it would be a bigger site buts its not, looks like items have just been placed there which i think they have video introduction at start for 15 mins my husband fell asleep opps!!!

Visited September 2011
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Appleton, wi
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“Glad we did this one”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2011 via mobile

At girst glance when you drive in, you will wonder. However, it is quite interesting and fun. The movie is one of the best we saw and easy to understand. The very small museum( very simple but very effective) was nice and led right to the walk through the woods. Things were well marked and led to the rock store. The lady in there was really into rocks so our stop there was fun. From here we went to the museum of geology and they tied together very nicely.

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