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Review of Black Hills

Ranked #140 of 491 things to do in South Dakota
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Owner description: This storied mountain range was named because of its dark, dense forest terrain.
Reviewed August 22, 2013

Dont miss driving Needles Highway and Iron Mt road. 1880 train is great. Deadwood is very historical but loosing its history to casinos. Some fun towns in the Hills are. Custer, Hot Springs. Rafter J campground is really nice. 104 mi. Long hiking and biking trail called Mickelson Trail. One of the best in the country.

2  Thank Rex G
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Reviewed August 5, 2013

Plan at least 2-3 hours to enjoy this drive. Lots to see!
The beautiful wooden bridges, the granite 1 way tunnels and all the stops to look at the Black Hills Rocks and Views. Not far from Mt Rushmore. There are a couple of stops for restrooms.
We enjoyed seeing the Buffalo and Antelope. The Buffalo herd walked right in front of our car without a care. We were able to get great pictures.

4  Thank mkmFayetteville_AR
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Reviewed July 24, 2013

We stayed in the Black Hills state Park at the River Lodge in early June. We were overwhelmed by the beauty of the Hills---which by the way are Mountains. We drove a Mountain Pass roadway which had just opened after the last snow storm. It was absolutely breathtaking!! Bring your digital camera, binoculars, snacks and take the time to stop and view the majestic over looks, the tunnels through the solid rock, the mountain lakes, the huge pine forests, the black rock which might explain the name, Black Hills. I traveled the lower 48 fairly extensively and the Black Hills are up there with Yellowstone for incredible, almost unbelievable beauty!! Please take your family, stay in the State Park--lodging or camp. There are many good eateries in the Hills too. Don't miss this incredible force of nature!!

5  Thank Carter D
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Reviewed July 18, 2013

Hoodoos, views, buffalo--spectacular!

Be alert for photo op--as soon as you drive through one of the tunnels (unfortunately can't remember which), Mt Rushmore is framed in the trees--wish I could have stopped for a photo.

Buffalo herds as well as a few up close and personal--majestic, massive animals.

Road is very narrow and winding with several small tunnels--no campers or RVs will fit through so pay attention to the height and width advisory.

Leave enough time to spend at Sylvan Lake at the end of the drive--we didn't and wish we had. Swimming, boating, picnicking, fishing--it had it all and beautiful to boot.

Sorry, the photos don't do it justice, but it's something I guess.

4  Thank Pat P
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

We first visited the President's walk in Rapid City, SD - life size bronze statues of all US Presidents. Then went to Savoy campgrounds in Spearfish Cyn, didn't stay for light show due to large crowd on 4th).

4  Thank Mary S
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