AAA Editor Notes
Custer State Park, 5 mi. e. on US 16A, comprises 71,000 acres of the South Dakota Black Hills and is the habitat of one of the world's largest publicly owned free-roaming bison herds, numbering about 1,300. More than 180 bird species also inhabit the park.
Three scenic drives traverse the area: Needles Highway/SR 87, Wildlife Loop Road and Iron Mountain Road (US 16A). The Custer State Park Visitor Center, 16 miles east of Custer City on US 16A, and the Wildlife Station Visitor Center, Wildlife Loop Road, offer exhibits and information about the area. An 18-minute film about the park is available for viewing at the Custer State Park Visitor Center. The Peter Norbeck Outdoor Education Center, 15 miles east of Custer City on US 16A, offers interpretive programs, guided nature walks and demonstrations.
More than 60 miles of hiking and horseback riding trails are available, and the park's mountain streams and four man-made lakes provide fishing, swimming and boating opportunities. Guided nature walks and other programs are offered.
Note: For their health and safety, please do not feed park wildlife.
Guided tours are available. Pet friendly (call for restrictions/fees.). Recreational activities are permitted. Camping is permitted. Picnicking is permitted.