Grace Coolidge Walk In Fishing Area Trail Professional Review and Guide
"A beautiful, fairly flat walk terminating at Center Lake, paralleling (with many crossings) Grace Coolidge Creek. French Creek originates northwest of the town of Custer. It feeds Stockade Lake and continues its eastward flow, passing through Custer State Park and into the 2,200-acre French Creek Natural Area. The creek cuts into the land in a dramatic manner.
Over its next 12 miles, the creek exposes some of the Black Hills’ most spectacular granitic and sedimentary layers in the form of narrow defiles and cozy, colorful canyons. Surrounding walls rise boldly and radiate colors of red, orange, and yellow. Near here, at the present site of the Gordon Stockade, a member of Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer’s 1874 expedition to the Black Hills discovered gold, a presence that was to alter treaties and revise forever the interaction of native peoples."