Custer State Park

Map of TRACK Trail at Custer State Park

The Custer State Park TRACK Trail was superimposed on the Park’s Creekside Trail – a hard-surface trail that runs between the Visitor Center and Grace Coolidge Campground. The trail is 2.5 miles long (in each direction), and can be accessed at several locations. Although the TRACK Trail is located on the Park’s Creekside Trail, our brochure-led adventures were designed to be used on any of the Park’s trails. From discovering things hiding in nature, to finding relationships, to learning how to identify native trees and birds, our brochures will help you discover some of the natural, cultural and historic resources that make Custer State Park such a special place. The TRACK Trail trailhead kiosk is located near the Visitor Center.

Custer State Park is located in the Black Hills of South Dakota… an area rich in history, culture and natural resources. Encompassing 71,000 acres of spectacular terrain and an abundance of wildlife, you're sure to discover a world of adventure in Custer State Park!


Easily accessible from US Highway 16A, Custer State Park offers incredible scenery, abundant wildlife viewing, historical and cultural resources, educational programs, camping, fishing, hunting and a Kids in Parks TRACK Trail.

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Collectible sticker for Custer State Park

Location Details

Recreational Features:
Amenities:
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Seasonality:
Bison laying in a field
Trailhead sign with brochures
Large rock formation
Bird eating berries with bison in the background
Grand opening of the TRACK Trail
Monarch butterfly on flowers
Trail at Sylvan Lake

Adventures for Custer State Park

Birds of the Black Hills
Hiking

Custer State Park: Birds of the Black Hills

Difficulty:
Easy
Trail length:
2.00
The Birds of the Black Hills brochure is an illustrated field guide containing some of the more common birds found along the trail. Each illustration contains the bird's common name, Latin name and phonetic spelling of their call. Having trouble locating birds? Use the back panel illustration to identify their preferred location within the forest.
Nature's Hide and Seek brochure
Hiking

Custer State Park: Nature's Hide & Seek

Difficulty:
Easy
Trail length:
2.00
The Nature's Hide & Seek brochure is designed so that kids of all ages can walk along the trail and discover common things that are often overlooked in nature. Some of them are hard to find, others are easy. Best of all, the adventure never ends because every time you walk the trail you will discover new things hiding in nature.
Nature's Relationships brochure
Hiking

Custer State Park: Nature's Relationships

Difficulty:
Easy
Trail length:
2.00
The Nature's Relationships brochure you will discover how everything in nature is connected... even us. As you walk along the trail, the brochure will tell you a story about a few of the relationships that can be found. Many more relationships exist, so keep your eyes and heart open and you will discover many of nature's relationships - even yours.
Need for Trees brochure
Hiking

Custer State Park: Need for Trees

Difficulty:
Easy
Trail length:
2.00
By following the picture and textual clues found in "The Need for Trees" brochure, you will discover six of the more common trees found in Custer State Park. During your adventure, you will learn about the need we, and other animals, have for trees and about the roles they play in the forest.

Directions

13329 US Hwy 16A
Custer, SD 57730
Latitude: 43.761833300000
Longitude: -103.377341700000

The Game Lodge Campground is located near the junction of US HWY 16A and the Wildlife Loop Road, near the State Game Lodge and Peter Norbeck Visitor Center.

GPS Directions:
Custer State Park
13329 US HWY 16A
Custer, SD 57730
Latitude, 43.760274. Longitude, -103.4.

Partners

The TRACK Trail program is sponsored by the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation.

The Custer State Park TRACK Trail was made possible through partnerships formed with Custer State Park and the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks, and Healthy South Dakota.