Custer State Park Cabins

Custer State Park
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Enjoy the iconic wildlife of Custer State Park

Located in South Dakota, close to the border with Nebraska, Custer State Park is named after American legend Lt. Col. George Custer who led an expedition to the area in 1874. Famous for its bison herds, a stay in Custer State Park cabins is a must for nature lovers, and is an experience you will never forget.

Best hiking trails in Custer State Park

The best way to see the bison herds, and to experience the natural beauty of the park, is to get out there and explore it for yourself using the signposted hiking trails to keep you on the right path. After a long day on your feet, head back to one of the Custer State Park hotels to relax.

  • 1. Cathedral Spires

    This difficult two-mile hiking trail is well worth the effort for the fantastic views you can enjoy of the high peaks along the Needles Highway.

  • 2. Creekside Trail

    This is a much easier trail which follows the path of Grace Coolidge Creek, taking hikers to the Peter Norbeck Visitor Center, where you can learn more about the history and ecology of the area, and is where you'll find the local general store.

  • 3. French Creek

    The 12-mile French Creek hiking trail takes visitors into the most remote parts of Custer State Park, and into the French Creek Natural Area.

Great Places to Stay Near Custer State Park

House ∙ 6 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms
Custer State Park, East Custer, South Dakota, United States
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House ∙ 12 guests ∙ 4 bedrooms
Custer State Park, East Custer, South Dakota, United States
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Lodge ∙ 4 guests
Custer State Park, East Custer, South Dakota, United States
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Best family activities in Custer State Park

A vacation in one of the many Custer State Park cabins is ideal for families. Kids love seeing the wild bison herds, and there are lots of other activities within the park to suit children of all ages.

  • 1. Sylvan Lake

    There are five lakes within Custer State Park, but Sylvan Lake is definitely the most picturesque and is ideal for swimming in the summer months.

  • 2. Gordon Stockade

    Visit a replica of the log fortress built by the first gold rush settlers in the 1870s. The Gordon Stockade is open between June and August, and is a fascinating way to learn about the history of the area.

  • 3. Junior Naturalists

    Through the summer months, children can take part in Custer State Park's Junior Naturalist program; learning new skills and taking part in activities organized by park rangers.

  • 4. Pups Program

    Even young children are catered for at Custer State Park. The Pups Program aims to educate even the youngest visitors about the park's unique natural environment.

  • 5. Buffalo Safari

    The best way to see Custer State Park's wild bison is to take an organized tour. Off-road jeep tours help you get close to the park's wildlife, although the bison are easy enough to spot from your own car as you drive through the park.