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Old 03-19-2011, 01:48 PM
 
Location: Chicagoland
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Doing a summer camping road trip. 30 ft trailer. 2 adults, two kids (12-15) and a cat.

I'm leaning towards Custer State Park - Looking at Blue Bell, Center Lake, Sylvan Lake, Legion Lake - Can I go wrong with any of these?

Looking for full hookups, electric. We'll only be staying 2 nights then on the road again.

There is almost TOO many choices in this beautiful area - so not being a local, a bit confused.

Looking for more of a family environment, lots of trees, maybe some water/swimming, other Tweens&Teens. Looking to see Mt. Rushmore and some other area sites.

Anyone have any other suggestions or would this be my best bet?

Thanks in advance and what a beautiful area of SD this is.
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Old 03-19-2011, 02:31 PM
 
Location: Twin Cities, Minnesota
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Do Legion Lake. Custer State Park has a lot to offer and it's very close to Mount Rushmore and all the attractions that the Black Hills have to offer. I've camped up there a few times and had a blast.
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Old 03-19-2011, 02:41 PM
 
Location: Chicagoland
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Do Legion Lake. Custer State Park has a lot to offer and it's very close to Mount Rushmore and all the attractions that the Black Hills have to offer. I've camped up there a few times and had a blast.
Great, thanks. There are so many choices at Custer as well.

I guess you really can't go wrong in this area.
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Old 03-19-2011, 08:34 PM
 
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Default Black Hills camping

Spearfish City Park is a fine spot to camp. Plenty of shade, grass, running waters of Spearfish Creek and usually well frequented by other travelers with varied age children. Its tucked into a nice location adjacent to DC Booth Fish Hatchery a well visited site and much away from town noise. Park provides many sites. If you're exiting the Hills to the North or West, or even if you're not, this is a place to consider. From the park to Rushmore its over an hour drive.
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Old 03-19-2011, 10:25 PM
 
Location: Chicagoland
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Thank you, betty, I'll check it out.
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Old 03-20-2011, 12:02 AM
 
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Rushmore Shadows might be worth a look. It is just south of Rapid on Highway 16. A good central spot that has modern features etc.

But there are plenty of spots. A good staging area would also be Hill City.
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Old 03-20-2011, 10:14 AM
 
Location: Chicagoland
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Rushmore Shadows might be worth a look. It is just south of Rapid on Highway 16. A good central spot that has modern features etc.

But there are plenty of spots. A good staging area would also be Hill City.
Thanks. Just spending 2 nights in the area and then heading west - destination Seattle. I'm trying to map out the driving distance and reservations ahead of time because I know these parks fill up fast.
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Old 03-20-2011, 10:24 AM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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I would strongly recommend a campground around Hill City. Nice quiet little town, minutes away from Mt Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Custer State Park, etc. Good central location. There are several really nice campgrounds around there. I won't recommend any one in particular as I haven't stayed in one for several years. The last one I stayed at offered a steak cookout every night with steak, corn on the cob, baked potatoe and all the trimmings. They also had a pancake breakfast (all you can eat). Both were very reasonably priced.
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Old 03-20-2011, 08:53 PM
 
Location: Chicagoland
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I would strongly recommend a campground around Hill City. Nice quiet little town, minutes away from Mt Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Custer State Park, etc. Good central location. There are several really nice campgrounds around there. I won't recommend any one in particular as I haven't stayed in one for several years. The last one I stayed at offered a steak cookout every night with steak, corn on the cob, baked potatoe and all the trimmings. They also had a pancake breakfast (all you can eat). Both were very reasonably priced.
Thank you, Elkhunter. I chose Custer State Park on the trip out to Seattle. The sites were going fast so I reserved 2, one @ Sylvan Lake, one @ Legion Lake, now I have a day or two to choose which one.

On the way back home, we are looking to stop in the Badlands area - any ideas there?

TIA.
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Old 03-20-2011, 09:11 PM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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Thank you, Elkhunter. I chose Custer State Park on the trip out to Seattle. The sites were going fast so I reserved 2, one @ Sylvan Lake, one @ Legion Lake, now I have a day or two to choose which one.

On the way back home, we are looking to stop in the Badlands area - any ideas there?

TIA.
There are not a lot of choices in the Badlands. But next to the Badlands is Wall and that's where I would stay and then make the Badlands a day trip.

People will tell you that Wall is in the Badlands. IT IS NOT, but it's a few short miles from the Badlands.

By the way, I grew up 18 miles West of Rapid City, right in the heart of the Black Hills.
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