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Custer State Park campgrounds

13329 U.S. Hwy. 16A
Custer  South Dakota  57730
United States
(800) 710-2267
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Midwest Living Review

Dan Daly
The varied campgrounds within Custer State Park offer sites next to an Alpine lake, at the base of craggy granite cliffs or deep amid groves of Ponderosa pine trees.

Custer State Park covers 71,000 acres of forested hills, granite outcroppings, Alpine lakes and Harney Peak, the highest point east of the Rockies (and a popular hiking destination). Eight state-run campgrounds throughout the park offer picturesque scenery and outdoor experiences that span the spectrum for full-blown RVers and minimalist tent campers alike.

No two campgrounds—no two campsites, really—are alike, an advantage for campers who thrive on variety. Some sites are short, others are little more than a wide spot in the road. Most are shady, and many are situated along a small stream. Dimensions are accessible via the online reservation system database, conveniently set up to make sure each camper or RV is a good fit for the space. Rates range from $20 for tent camping to $24 for sites with electricity; reservations are required. 

In general, most Custer State Park campgrounds offer electrical hookups, flush toilets and modern shower facilities. Many are sited near resorts providing everything from sit-down meals and mixed drinks to groceries and fishing gear. Camp pads are asphalt or gravel, and each site includes a picnic table and fire pit. The Stockade Lake South sites even boast fireplaces. Pets allowed. 

Visited: 
May 24, 2012

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