Custer, South Dakota
Named for the famous General Custer, the city of Custer, SD lies in the heart of the Black Hills, a vast playground of granite peaks and rushing streams.
Custer and the surrounding areas offer an endless array of opportunities for adventure and awe, from enormous mountain carvings to backcountry wagon adventures. Situated in the center of Custer State Park and Black Hills National Forest, Custer puts visitors right in the heart of one of America’s most beautiful landscapes. Custer is a short drive from major attractions in the Black Hills including the caves, Mount Rushmore, and historic towns.
Monuments and Memorials of the Black Hills
Custer is ideally situated for visiting the monuments and memorials that dot the Black Hills. It’s an easy drive the majesty of Mount Rushmore’s Presidential tribute, and Crazy Horse Memorial, still being blasted from the mountain, lies just to the north.
Not far away are Jewel Cave and Wind Cave, two of the largest caves in the world, with miles of mysteries to discover. Above the ground visitors can look in awe upon Devil’s Tower, the first place to be named a national monument, or visit Harney Peak, the tallest east of the Rockies.
Outdoor Adventure at Your Door
Because Custer is right in the heart of the Black Hills, visitors need only step outside to enjoy the outdoors. The surrounding countryside offers miles of trails for uses including hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding.
Rock climbing can be found in the granite peaks, and freshwater streams and lakes such as nearby Stockade Lake welcome anglers. Leave in any direction from Custer and you will find scenic drives and peaceful places deep in the forest only minutes away. Or, take a Backcountry Wagon adventure to experience the hills as our ancestors did.
Attractions in Custer
The history of Custer comes alive with a visit to the 1881 Courthouse Museum, where visitors can step into the past. Step even further into the past at the Flintstones Bedrock City, a fun attraction for families that re-creates the town from the famous cartoon.
Visit the Four-Mile Old West town to explore period buildings and watch re-enactments of the Old West, as it once was right here in Custer. The National Museum of Woodcarving offers a unique experience and some of the world’s best woodcarvings.
Staying in Custer
Custer is filled with great places to stay, from cozy motels to many campgrounds and RV parks, including one at Bedrock City. There are also many cabins for rent in the area for those who want privacy and space.
Custer has many places to grab a meal. Try an Old West chuckwagon supper, or sit down for a burger at a classic diner. Don’t miss a homemade slice of pie at BobKat’s Purple Pie Place.
Getting to Custer
Custer is an easy drive from Interstate 90 on Highway 385 or Highway 16, through the beauty of the Black Hills. Highway 385 to the south can also be reach via Highway 20 from Interstate 25. However you arrive in Custer, you’ll find yourself at the center of it all.