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Black Hills National Forest

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Custer, SD 57730
+1 800-732-5682
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I have come to love this place

We were intending to stay maybe five days here but extended it to twenty days. The beauty of the... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Allan T
Beautiful

Not sure what is so unique about this area, but it is totally worth the trip! I live in the... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Courtney J
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This empty expanse where Native Americans once roamed is now a national forest.
  • Excellent84%
  • Very good13%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Custer, SD 57730
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We were intending to stay maybe five days here but extended it to twenty days. The beauty of the land! There is so much to drive around and see. So many trails to walk and some lakes throughout the area. You will definitely see wildlife....More

Thank Allan T
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Not sure what is so unique about this area, but it is totally worth the trip! I live in the foothills of the beautiful Rocky Mountains in Colorado, but this is beauty all its own 😊

Thank Courtney J
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Beautiful park! I recommend a stop at the Norbeck Overlook. You can see Mount Rushmore in the distance. For a quarter, you’ll get a better view through their standing binoculars.

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We absolutely love the beauty and serenity of this area. So many beautiful places to drive and see stunning sites. From forests to rock formations. This is a fabulous place to get back to balance in your life.

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We drive though the area and hit Custer, Wind Cave, Crazy Horse and Mt Rushmore. Full day but worth if you can. Loved just the scenery and wind roads of the Black Hills

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Don’t miss it, but realize it takes hours and hours to get through this area. It’s beautiful and a must see.

Thank Felicia T
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Reviewed 6 days ago

This is the forest to drive through!!! Lots of old and new evergreen trees growth.Seen a few deer and different birds. Some hawks. Different rock formations and clearings. Areas of some homes and businesses, where you can get refreshments and rest and take pictures. Roads...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I suggest doing some pre-planning because there is so much to see and do that you cant do it all in one trip. Something cool around every corner! I highly recommend at least a week in this area!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The buffalo were all over. At first we only saw a couple then we turned a corner and there were hundreds. They are huge. When they stop in the road you just have to sit and wait for them to move.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Black Hill Forest is one of the most beautiful areas of our country. This is a second trip to the area and I am more and more convinced that most people speed right through the beautiful Hills just to get to Rushmore and fail...More

1  Thank Mark H
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Tammy J
August 13, 2018|
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Response from LisaWh64767 | Reviewed this property |
We went into the black hills, we downloaded a map that is available offline ( but still tracks you on your smart phone, btw they have access for a charger ) That was pretty much all we needed, though they can give you paper... More
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skyeisthebest
August 9, 2016|
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Response from Richard B | Reviewed this property |
Take the main hi way from RapidCity east to Wall the loop stars there!!!
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noelbert
May 23, 2016|
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Response from Gr8Trek | Reviewed this property |
Try Grizzly Creek Campground on Highway 16A south of Keystone. It is a Forest Service, concessionaire operated area with vault toilets and water hydrants. It is within 2 miles of Keystone and 1 miles of Mount Rushmore and 8... More
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