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We are in the planning mode for next year.We live in Kentucky and are planning a trip to Mount Rushmore and the Blackhills next year it will be a two week trip.Does anyone have suggestions as to which RV park in that area would nice to spend a couple of weeks. We have no kids so entertainment for kids is not a consideration. Thank You in advance.

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When we were in the area we really enjoyed Custer State Park. It's more relaxed and private than most of the developed campgrounds. We stayed at North Stockade (see here for pics http://wheelingit.wordpress.com/2010/08/10/sp-campground-rating-stockade-lake-north-custer-sd/). They have electric hook-ups if you book early, but no full hook-ups so depends a bit on what you're looking for.


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Yes, a very nice place with many things to see in the area.

Custer State Park A Neat Area

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Custer State Park has campgrounds scatter all over the area, they are all very nice. We have stay several times at the Stockade Lake campgrounds North & South. These are the closest to Custer the town. The last time we were there (2008), we stayed at Bismarck Lake CG a Black Hills Nat'l Forest CG just across the road (kind of) from the Stockade North & South, just a few miles (maybe 3 or 4) from the town of Custer. We enjoyed it, very nice area, very quite, nice camp host. More like camping. The sites are more private than the Stockage South or North for that matter. But no showers or flush toilets (pit toilets were new & clean). Almost the same cost as Stockade North but less for me due to Senior Card.

Horse Thief Lake CG is also a Black Hills Nat'l Forest CG, very close to Mt Rushmore. It would be a nice one as well. My son had stayed at it before. There is also a private Horse Thief RV Resort which is closer to Hill City.

Not that I have been to any of the RV Resorts, I have read much about Rafter J in the Black Hills of SD. If you are looking for a resort type place, but there are may RV parks in the area, many in town of Custer, SD. RV Park Reviews

Custer State Park Info and list of Campgrounds in the State Park.

My son stayed at Pactola Campground. They liked it. For other Black Hills Forest Campgrounds: Pactola- "The elevation is 4,700 ft. Campground is comprised of mature pines with some sites overlooking Pactola Reservoir. There are three loops - A, B and C with numerous walk-in tent sites. Except for grass, there is little understory. There are several worthwhile things to do that are reasonably accessible from the campground. They are the Jewel Cave National Monument, Mt. Rushmore National Monument, Custer State Park (with the scenic Needles Highway, Harney Peak and the State Game Loop), Crazy Horse Monument and Wind Cave National Park."

Note: Custer State Park has only two campgrounds with dump stations it seems, one at FRENCH CREEK HORSE CAMP (Equestrian use only) which is 3 miles from Blue Bell CG and one at Game Lodge CG which is near Grace Coolidge.

Also to camp in or tour Custer State Park there is a fee- Temporary (1-7 day) license: $6 per person or $15 per vehicle; Annual License: $28; Motorcycle Rally License: $10/motorcycle (valid Aug 2 - Aug 22, 2010). "Custer State Park boasts several scenic drives that explore the diversity of the area. From the granite spires of Needles Highway to the bison along WIldlife Loop Road." One must do the driving tours. Some are off the paved roads along the Wildlife Loop, but are well worth seeing the Bison and the roads are not bad.

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We just returned from a trip that included the Black Hill. We stayed at Custer State Park, Game Lodge campground. This is the only one with a dump station. Sites only have electric but water is available through out the park. It is a very interesting park and within a short driving distance to all the things you want to see in the area.


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If you're going to do Custer and Mt Rushmore, the Devils tower is very close and there is a KOA with a beautiful view right next to it.

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I always recomend Horse Thief Campground it`s located just outside of Hillcity and centrally located in the Hills. right off of Needles HWY. beautiful setting of the surrounding hills and Harney Peak (highest point in SD).


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The campgrounds in Custer State Park are very nice, but we feel it takes too long to get in and out of the park to visit other area attractions. We've stayed at the Rafter J Bar, just outside Hill City, a number of times, and will do so again, when we can get back. Turn right, you're headed to Custer, go left and you're headed to Hill City and eventually Rapid City and/or Deadwood. Go straight and you will be headed to Mt. Rushmore and Keystone.

Custer State Park is a must visit. And if you're there two weeks you'll no doubt make multiple visits, we just felt one of the many options just outside the park offered better flexibility and opportunity to be spontaneous in our plans each day.


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We like the Rafter J Bar.


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dodge guy wrote:

I always recomend Horse Thief Campground it`s located just outside of Hillcity and centrally located in the Hills. right off of Needles HWY. beautiful setting of the surrounding hills and Harney Peak (highest point in SD).


+1 to Horse Thief CG.

state parks seemed nice but usually booked.

if you'd like to dry camp for a while I really liked the layout Pactola Reservoir. Would like to hear from someone that camped there.


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We did one week at Game Lodge and the next week at Rafter J Bar. So, we had wildlife one week and the pool the next. It worked out great.


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