kid friendly

wild flowers



nature trips

trail running

dogs on leash

The clear mountain waters are inviting, and the open ranges are waiting to be discovered. Bring your family to Custer State Park, and let yourself run wild. Custer State Park in the Black Hills encompasses 71,000 acres of spectacular terrain and an abundance of wildlife. Within the park, you'll discover a world of adventure!

One of the prettiest trails we have taken. We hiked all the way up to Black Elk mountain (formerly Harney Peak). 5.8 miles round trip. It connects to trail #4 and then trail #9 to the top.

10 days ago

Easy and beautiful! Sylvan Lake is gorgeous!

great views and definitely take the trailhead 4 to little devil's tower peak. The views are amazing

15 days ago

Easy yet beautiful walk around the lake. North side of the lake was less groomed and harder for the older group but they made it. Damn 20$ to get in though.


16 days ago

A narrow, moderately-difficult trail that rewards hikers willing to looks closer for the details.

Both sides of the trail are fairly steep, but one side has you scrambling over granite boulders (and white-knuckling the hand-rails), closely guarded by the cliffs, while the other winds between ponderosa pines and has a couple views out into the rest of the hills.

It lacks sweeping views, and its proximity to the road may occasionally disturb the peace, but this trail shines in the details. Tiny wildflowers, flecks of moss, and busy insects dot the trail with color. Reward yourself after this hike with a spot at the lake.