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Black Hills National Forest

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Address: Custer, SD 57730
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This empty expanse where Native Americans once roamed is now a national...

This empty expanse where Native Americans once roamed is now a national forest.

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A very accessible, uncrowded National Forest

The Black Hills National Forest is a very accessible forest, although interspersed with private and state ground. There are miles of trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Spearfish, South Dakota
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Spearfish, South Dakota
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The Black Hills National Forest is a very accessible forest, although interspersed with private and state ground. There are miles of trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding and trails for ATV and other off road vehicles. Access is easy from all the towns in the Black Hills, often no more than a mile or two if not at the... More 

Thank SDCooks
Queensland, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Black Hills National Forest is my favourite place in America. You can spend weeks exploring the many different areas around the Black Hills. The wildlife is certainly worth finding and your sd card will fill up quickly. I cannot say enough about this area. Highly Recommend to spend as much time as possible here.

Thank Perry W
Olathe, Kansas
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are two great reasons to visit here. 1. The beautiful landscape. 2. The wild buffalo. Its nice because if you are not a hiker you can drive around and stop at outlook areas. If you are a hiker, there are small (very moderate) trails that take you off the road a bit. There is an abundance of wildlife everywhere... More 

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Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped in to get stamps in our National Parks passport and to see if the Forest Service had anything like the Junior Ranger program. It was empty save for the one young employee (with short dark hair and no smile). We couldn't wait to get back in the car. Never have we been (dare I say) greeted with such... More 

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Vero Beach, Florida
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Reviewed 21 February 2017 via mobile

If I could say gorgeous 1000 times it wouldn't be enough. Plan several days here exploring nature, hiking, climbing and taking in the scenery. This is a must see!

1 Thank travelchic24
New York City, New York
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Reviewed 14 February 2017

The Black Hills are sacred to Native Americans. It is a huge part of their history, who they are. I am not Native American, but I have great respect and admiration for their culture. When approaching the area that is still preserved you realize why they are called the Black Hills - the rolling nature of the hills along with... More 

1 Thank sdurkin24
Hull, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 12 February 2017

We had two bored teens with us on this trip and they were blown away by the scenery and the wildlife. The bison meandering in between the cars, the prairie dogs poking their heads up to say hello and the elk grazing were all incredible.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2017

Ran across a herd of buffalo that stampeded next to our van the kids were thrilled and my youngest wanted to get out and run with them. I had to convince him that it wasn't really a very good idea. It was awesome though.

1 Thank HonestAbeOntario
Custer, South Dakota
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Reviewed 18 January 2017

The Black Hills of South Dakota is many times overlooked as a tourist destination. Many times it is viewed as merely a pit-stop on the way to Yellowstone Park. Tens of thousands of Harley Riders would beg to differ. There is SOOOO much to see and do, at the very least needs to be researched for your next trip. Or...as... More 

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Reviewed 2 January 2017

We had our grandchildren with us and they enjoyed every minute of this trip as well as we did. There was so much to see! The buffalo and antelope were amazing to watch. There were babies following their mothers across the road in front of the car. It was great to see what we can only imagine watching movies. In... More 

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