Custer State Park
huge sitting bison in custer state park


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Custer State Park is one of the most impressive in the entire state park system. At 71,000 acres, it's quite large. The location of the park makes for fantastic wildlife habitat due to the combination of the Black Hills and the prairie of the eastern boundary. Custer State Park was named after Lt. Colonel George Armstrong Custer in 1919, when Custer State Forest was changed to Custer State Park.

Custer State Park offers a wide variety of activities ranging from mountain biking, horseback riding, rock climbing, fishing and jeep rides for wildlife watching. And speaking of wildfire, Custer State Park is one of the best places to see it, anywhere. A large bison herd of 1500 animals makes spotting them incredibly easy.

All of the roads in the park are scenic and interesting, so those who prefer to "drive and see" will certainly have a good time. Definitely observe speed limits, and be even more cautious during low light hours. Deer, bison and other animals are often standing right out on the road - especially in blind turns with creek bottoms and shade. The "Needles" are in the NW corner of the park via route 87 is a scenic highlight.

If you have any plans on being near Custer State Park, make sure you stop in for a visit. It's worth the detour from the interstate for sure.


Park facts:
Location: Western South Dakota
Established: January 9th, 1903
Total acreage: 71,000
Streams: French Creek, Grace Coolidge Creek
Large portions of mixed grass prairie remain
Large elk herd
Campgrounds: 6
Hiking Trails: 70 miles
Class 1 Night Sky
70 mammal species
175 bird species
Lakes: Sylvan, Stockade, Center; Legion, Sylvan
Visitation: : 700,000


Custer State Park
13329 US HWY 16A
Custer, SD 57730
605- 255-4515


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