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Black Hills National Forest

#6 of 38 things to do in Custer Features Animals
Custer, SD 57730
+1 800-732-5682
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This empty expanse where Native Americans once roamed is now a national forest.
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Custer, SD 57730
+1 800-732-5682
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The black hills are scenic and unforgettable. Lots of wildlife including Bison. Worth at least a half day.

Thank Robert N
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been to 40 states, but to me the Black Hills are unique and that is what I really loved about my visit. As you approach Rapid City and see them in the background its easy to see where they go their name. One...More

Thank burghughes
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Black Hills National Forest is a gem for beautiful natural features and for wildlife. It is a great place to sightsee and to hike.

Thank A C R
Reviewed 1 week ago

Driving through the Black Hills National Forest is beautiful and worth it. Just to experience it, we intentionally took the long way to Mt. Rushmore from Deadwood, and glad we did. Great photo opportunities for the family.

1  Thank Rebecca R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I can't say anything bad about this forest...it's beautiful and massive. Has lots to offer in the way of nature and South Dakota heritage. I definitely would visit (and hope to) again some day.

Thank skpperry
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A Lil Overwhelming At Times road a lil long. Trees and more trees. Beautiful, photographers dream. The rock formations and trees make it a must stop to see.

Thank Janice P
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Ypu can see so far through this forest. No brush or briars. Animals abound and bison of you look for them. Great place to drive through on a sunny day.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We didn't realize we were in it until we started seeing little signs with places of interest. There are tons of little places to stop and spend 10-20 minutes exploring.

Thank Bill B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

So vast, open, quiet....the air is so clean, and animals plentiful. Slow down and enjoy. Even the kids will love this drive.

Thank Sandtom
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We drove through the Forrest as we were making our way in and out of Custer. It is a lovely place. I recommend the drive.

Thank Nav1go
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From Rapid City, how do I get to the Badlands Loop State Scenic Byway? I cant find it on google.
9 August 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!!!
We're tent campers. Any recommendations regarding good, better, best places in the Black Hills area?
23 May 2016|
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Response from Bluemoon45 | Reviewed this property |
I would call the RV parks just outside of Deadwood. We stayed at the Steelwheel, by this time our tent was soaking wet so we rented a cabin, but I know there are places for tents. I did not see places for camping during our... More
Karlene M
How to decide on the best route through the Black Hills Park
6 April 2016|
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Response from Fidel B | Reviewed this property |
From Interstate 90 @ Rapid City, take exit 57 southbound for about two miles. Turn left on St. Josephs Street, go three blocks and turn right onto Mt.Rushmore Rd./ Rt. 16. Go about 17 miles and take Rt. 16A, 16A will bring... More