Information About Custer State Park in South Dakota

Information About Custer State Park in South Dakota
Custer Park is located in the Black Hills of South Dakota, about 15 miles from the city of Custer. The park spans 71,000 acres, making it the second-largest park in the United States.


Custer Park is home to animals like mountain goats, elk and burros. There are 1,500 known bison that roam the park as well. The 18-mile Wildlife Loop Road is a perfect way to see the abundance of wildlife.

Roam Free

Custer Park is a "roam free" park; you can walk the hiking trails or wander throughout the park.

Geologic Formations

The tallest point in the park is Harney Peak at 7,242 feet. Granite formations called needles are also a draw to the park. According to the South Dakota's tourism website, the most unique of these spears is called Needles Eye, which stands 30 to 40 feet tall with only a 3- to 4-foot gap, making it look like a needle eye.


Activities at Custer State Park include kayaking and canoeing. There are also Jeep tours and a Buffalo Safari.


Campgrounds and lodges are located throughout the park for overnight stays. There are also evening campfires, naturalist programs and guided tours.

Article Written By Christina Martinez

Christina Martinez has been writing professionally since 2007. She's been published in the California State University at Fullerton newspaper, "The Daily Titan." Her writing has also appeared in "Orange County's Best" magazine. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications and print journalism from California State University.

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