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Family: South Dakota’s Hidden Treasure: Custer State Park

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There is a secret that most Midwesterners would like to keep that way–a state park that rivals many of the over crowded national parks for natural beauty, history, and family fun. Where, you might ask? In the southern Black Hills of South Dakota. 

Custer State Park was established as a game preserve in 1913 and encompasses 71,000 acres of some of the most stunning scenery in the Black Hills including 7,242 foot Harney Peak, the highest mountain east of the Rockies. There are lakes and streams for fishing and swimming, more trails then you could cover in months, and spectacular wildlife viewing-including a herd of 1500 wild buffalo. 1.7 million visitors come to Custer State Park every year but it never feels crowded. In fact if a person was so inclined they could spend the day hiking in the park and never see another human being. That’s one of the many things that make Custer State Park so special.

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