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Black Hills National Forest

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This empty expanse where Native Americans once roamed is now a national forest.
Custer, SD 57730
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The Black Hills Forest has many opportu ities to see great vistas all around you. There are many ways to view the Black Hills and many activities to enjoy, no matter your interests.

Thank Becky H
Reviewed 1 week ago

Get out in the forest when traveling through the Black Hills, you will not be disappointed. The towns, restaurants, wineries, breweries, and shopping are great-but the Forest is the reason all the rest exist. Take a hike to Roughlock Falls, get off the beaten path,...More

Thank PegiSioux
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place was amazing and im from scotland but the views were spectacular spell binding. We travelled around for 3 week and this was by far the best place....we would come back and spend more time here it was fantastic

Thank Karin E
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is the place to be if you want to see the animals of South Dakota in their natural habitat. We saw deer, bison, antelope, a fox, turkeys, and the list goes on...

Thank MeraKi25
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Part of our grand plan was to visit the Black Hills. We absolutely loved the scenery and the place. Such a pleasant and lovely drive throughout the hills and some beautiful spots to stop and take photos.

Thank SiandraW
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I couldnt even believe how many buffalo we saw when we were here, Beautiful Area! Windy road so if you are prone to car sickness be sure to take a gravol. Great place to bring a family, lots to do for children and families

Thank April B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

These folks do a great job at managing their Bison Herd. It was was wonderful to see hundreds of plains Bison, especially those that we could get photos up close.

Thank wrpupkis
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful national forest in South Dakota. Great for motorcycle riding with winding roads, trees, hills, and beautiful scenery all around.

Thank Cantal
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The national forest system is managed for "multiple use" and the Black Hills National Forest is a great reflection of that management philosophy. It includes fabulous recreation opportunities (camping, hiking, boating, hunting, fishing), timber management, watershed protection, wildlife management, and more. Beautiful vistas and scenery....More

Thank Raintree_Thailand
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We traveled 4 times before we saw the hoards, but it was worth it. It has a big amount of different wildlife and it was fun to see it. Recomend it to everyone.

Thank Torunn F
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9 September 2018|
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Response from Amber N T | Reviewed this property |
I was there mid July and didn’t see any!!!! Lots of other wildlife though.... and over $6K in hail damage to my car. Lol.
Tammy J
13 August 2018|
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Response from GoFish2014 | Reviewed this property |
Yes. Restrooms are available. We went in July. I tell you what.....the restrooms were VERY clean! Always smelled like they had just been cleaned!!! Very impressed
10 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!!!