A great park for viewing wildlife, particularly at sunset. Lots of buffalo, antelopes, deer, and a few overly-friendly donkeys!
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There is so much to do here. Wildlife viewing, water activities, hiking, horseback riding and just driving through to see the amazing views and wildlife. There are several lodges and campgrounds. If you are just s day-tripper have lunch in one of the lodges. They...More
We've been to countless state parks around the country and custer is one of our favorites. Beautiful wildlife and great camping.
There are many excellent attractions to see in the Black Hills area of South Dakota; this is a park which often goes overlooked. This is unfortunate since it has a myriad of sites and activities for all ages. You have to pay a fee for...More
If you go to South Dakota, do not miss this beautiful park. There are great hiking trails, horseback riding wildlife, and gorgeous scenery. One of our best meals was at the State Game Lodge, too..
The circular route has many hairpin turns, but all worth it to see the bison freely roaming the fields. They get very close to the car. Also saw burros in the road and some deer. Beautiful lake. Needles Eye and other rock formations along Needles...More
To start the drive we were a little worried because of the fog. It soon lifted, or we drove out of it and were able to enjoy the scenery and animals! We were able to see some antelope and buffalo up close and personal. Don’t...More
Custer State Park is a beautiful drive where you will see 4 lakes, deer, buffalo, etc. TIP: do not pay the park entry fee, we stopped to inquire about the fee and we opted to just drive through for free. There was no difference and...More
Great place to unwind. We found... + best time to do the wildlife loop is just before dusk + favorite lake is Center Lake. Easy to miss + on the Stockade Lake trail the trees hide every view. + Needles Highway picturesque. Iron Mountain road...More
Custer State Park odds home to approx 1400 buffalo and we were fortunate to see them twice. Traveling the wildlife loop we spoon turned the corner to see a big bull walking alongside the road. Amazed to watch him and satisfied to see him we...More