PIERRE, S.D. – Discover the beauty and history of the Black Hills in Custer County. Including the communities of Custer, Hermosa, Buffalo Gap, Pringle, Dewey and Fairburn, this southwestern region portrays South Dakota’s landscape at its best.
Revel in the spectacular scenery of Norbeck Wildlife Preserve. Called the Heart of the Hills, the preserve features 36 miles of hiking trails. Make the trek up Harney Peak to the highest point in South Dakota. Custer State Park, one of the state’s most popular attractions, is home to one of America’s largest bison herds. Enjoy seemingly endless acres featuring scenic drives, fishing, swimming, hiking, camping and four outstanding resorts in a breathtaking setting.
Explore the history of the Black Hills at the Custer County 1881 Courthouse Museum. This museum spans regional history from General George Armstrong Custer’s 1874 expedition to today’s ranching heritage. Take a tour through the history of the old west and immigration era at the Four Mile Old West Town. With over 50 open door buildings and live melodramas, this excursion will transport you back to the early days of the region.
Marvel at Jewel Cave National Monument, one of the longest and most structurally complex caves in the world. Cave tours are offered year round. View realistic woodcarvings at the National Museum of Woodcarving. This unique museum features a wooden nickel theatre, 30 scenes created by an original animator of Disneyland, a carving studio, a display of nationally recognized woodcarvers and a museum gallery.
Learn the amazing stories and dedication behind Crazy Horse Memorial, the world’s largest mountain carving in progress. Experience American Indian artifacts, an educational/cultural center and the sculptor's log studio-home.
The Uniquely South Dakota series is a project of the South Dakota Office of Tourism designed to highlight unique aspects and attractions in each of South Dakota’s 66 counties. This profile was researched and compiled by Shayla Waugh, public relations intern for the Office of Tourism.
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