Black Hills National Forest, Supervisors Office

The Black Hills National Forest encompasses over 1.2 million acres of public land which offers an array of recreational opportunities throughout the year. Ranging from hiking to boating, from backcountry camping to swimming beaches, the Forest complements the adventurous desires of most outdoor enthusiasts. As you visit the Custer Area, take time to explore and discover the forested landscape of western South Dakota.

Planning Ahead / Many visitors to the Forest often request resource materials related to hiking trails, byway information, camping experiences, educational awareness, and recreational activities. The Forest has a non-profit, cooperative partner – Black Hills Parks and Forests Association – which offers numerous products and services for interested visitors.

Hiking / Over 350 miles of hiking trails exist in the Forest. Due to mild weather conditions, day hiking is a popular activity throughout the year, especially in the southern Black Hills.

Picnicking / The Forest offers 26 different picnic areas and group locations for use during the summer months and shoulder seasons (weather permitting). Some sites also provide nearby trailheads, swim beaches, canoe access, boat ramps, and other recreational amenities.

Scenic Byways and Drives / Every season is beautiful in the Black Hills National Forest. Multiple scenic drives are available and take visitors through some amazing scenery. Plan ahead, as some roadways may be closed during the winter months.

Motorized Trail Use / Off-highway vehicles are becoming a popular way to experience the Black Hills, and the Forest provides over 700 miles of designated motorized trails for OHV riders. Our local communities, landowners, and public lands offices have expectations of each rider, and there are rules and regulations that relate to this activity. All riders need to know the requirements for their OHV units and ride the trails / roadways with respect.

Camping and Cabins / The Forest has 30 campgrounds across the Black Hills, with nearly 700 available sites. Many campgrounds fill to capacity throughout the summer months. Advanced reservations are highly recommended; first come first serve sites are also available.

For more information, we recommend visiting the Forest online and/or calling the Supervisor’s Office at the phone number listed above.   

1019 North 5th St, Custer
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615 Washington Street
Custer, SD 57730



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