Custer State Park

13329 US Highway 16A
Custer, SD - 57730

Type: Parks
(605) 255-4515

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Custer State Park, nestled in the Black Hills of South Dakota, is a sprawling natural oasis renowned for its scenic beauty, diverse wildlife, and outdoor recreational opportunities. Established in 1912, this 71,000-acre park is named after Lt. Colonel George Armstrong Custer and encompasses a stunning array of landscapes, including granite peaks, rolling plains, lush forests, and pristine lakes.

One of the highlights of Custer State Park is its abundant wildlife, which includes bison, bighorn sheep, elk, deer, prairie dogs, and a variety of bird species. The park is home to one of the largest publicly-owned herds of American bison in the world, offering visitors the chance to witness these majestic creatures roaming freely across the grasslands.

In addition to wildlife viewing, Custer State Park offers a wealth of outdoor activities for visitors to enjoy year-round. Popular recreational pursuits include hiking, horseback riding, fishing, boating, and camping. The park features an extensive network of trails that wind through its picturesque landscapes, providing opportunities for both strolls and challenging hikes.

Custer State Park also boasts several scenic drives, including the Wildlife Loop Road, which offers unparalleled opportunities for wildlife viewing, and the Needles Highway, which winds through towering granite spires and breathtaking vistas. Whether you're seeking adventure, relaxation, or simply a connection with nature, Custer State Park beckons with its timeless beauty and endless possibilities for exploration.

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