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Custer State Park, Custer

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Experience over 28,732 hectares (71,000 acres) of rugged wilderness deep in the Black Hills at Custer State Park. A popular site for recreation and leisure, the park boasts dozens of hiking and driving routes, as well as a number of resorts and campgrounds for overnight stays. Drive along the 29 km (18 mi) scenic Wildlife Loop Road to take in the lush green landscape and wildlife sightings, including a herd of 1,300 bison, one of the largest publicly owned herds in the world, and over 186 species of birds. Keep in mind that the entrance fee is valid for 7 days if you would like to return to the park or extend your stay. Our Custer travel route planning website makes visiting Custer State Park and other Custer attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • We've done the wildlife loop twice now, several years apart. On the latest trip, we saw bison, deer and antelope. The bison were close enough that you could easily photograph from your car. Highly rec...  more »
  • After a morning at Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse Memorial, we headed to Custer State Park with one goal, to find the buffalo. Now Custer State Park is huge and we had no idea where to look so we head...  more »
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  • My son and I drove through here on our road trip across America and he still talks about this place as one of his favorite spots. We were able to see wild buffalo, pronghorn and prairie dogs. We also rented kayaks and spent some time on the water. There was a small fee for entry but it was definitely worth it. You could spend the entire day here.
  • Beautiful views. We drove through the needles highway and hiked the cathedral spires trail and loved the views. The mountains are a great difference from the surrounding rolling hills. There are a few narrow tunnels on the needles highway, so be careful that your truck isn't too wide or tall. There are lots of other hiking trails in the area that I'd love to explore. We went in mid April and there was still some snow on the ground, which made the hike more difficult than it needed to be. The other thing to note is that you need to pay an entrance fee to drive into the park since it is a state forest. To me this felt fine, as the money goes directly to maintaining this gorgeous forest.

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