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Established Camping

Picnic Spring Campground

About

National Forest

Custer Gallatin National Forest

A campground with 8 sites located in the North Cave Hills Unit, Sioux Ranger District near Ludlow, SD.__Camp sites: 8Accessible Facilities:Toilet__Trash Pickup: NoFirewood: NoNo Reservations: This campground does not use a reservation system, it is managed on a first-come, first-served basis. There is a 14 day stay limit.Information:Sioux District OfficeBox 37, Main & FirstCamp Crook, SD 57724(605) 797-4432

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Location

Picnic Spring Campground is located in Montana

Detail location of campground

Directions

From Ludlow, SD travel north 2 miles on Hwy 85 to Tufte Road. Turn left and continue for 4 miles and turn right continuing on Tufte Road. Go 1 mile and turn left on Forest Road 3114 (Fuller Pass Road). Go 1/4 mile and turn left on Forest Road 3123. Go 1/4 mile and turn right into Picnic Spring Campground.

Coordinates

45.87361111 N
103.4841667 W

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Access

  • Drive-In
    Park next to your site

Stay Connected

  • WiFi
    Good
  • Verizon
    Good
  • AT&T
    Good
  • T-Mobile
    Available

Site Types

  • Tent Sites
  • RV Sites
  • Standard (Tent/RV)
  • Group
  • Yurts

Features

For Campers

  • Phone Service
  • Drinking Water
  • Toilets
  • Alcohol

For Vehicles

  • Big Rig Friendly

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12 Reviews

L
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2024

Lovely and peaceful

Free campground in SD, not WY. Most sites are well separated. Most have picnic tables. Came over 4th of July and there were only 5 other campers when I left. Several piles of wood available for firewood (resulted from clearing trees); you will need to split it, however. Sites has been mowed for fire mitigation which also resulted in nice "lawns". I stayed in 1st on the right. It was more exposed to wind and rain, but I preferred the layout. Other sites are more protected.

Site1st on right
Month of VisitAugust
Kim H.
Reviewed Jul. 14, 2023

Great boondock site

Wonderful area with sites far enough apart you don't have to see your neighbors. Most sites are taken as of a Friday afternoon in July but we still found a few available. Wonderful views!

SiteNW
Month of VisitAugust
  • Review photo of Picnic Spring Campground by Kim H., July 14, 2023
DThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2022

A dream campsite that is free!

I stayed there in mid-September for 2 nights. This is first come-first served. You can not reserve a site. With this in mind, I made the trip from Medora on a Tuesday morning and I arrived around noon. I gambled that the people who came in for the week-end would be gone and the ones who were coming for the next week-end would not be there for another day or two.

The 10 sites are spacious: it’s hard to see any other campers from your site. There are no amenities here except for very clean pit toilets. No water, no electricity, no dump stations and no dumpsters for trash. Every site has a cooking style fire ring, picnic table and ample room to park more than one vehicle.

But there is an abundance of solitude, beauty and a deer and elk. As they say in Texas . . . “The stars shine bright at night”.

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Month of VisitOctober
  • Review photo of Picnic Spring Campground by David B., November 4, 2022
  • Review photo of Picnic Spring Campground by David B., November 4, 2022
  • Review photo of Picnic Spring Campground by David B., November 4, 2022
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F
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2021

Wonderful remote campground

We absolutely loved our stay at this campground! We arrived on Saturday, July 3rd and were very surprised to find most of the sites empty!

Good place to get away from fireworks, if you have an anxious dog.

Limited shade during those hot summer days.

The scenery is spectacular and offers cross country hiking for the adventurous. Awesome sunrise if you take a 10 minute walk.

Coming in from the north on Cox Road, it's a 3 mile drive on well maintained gravel road. Easily feasible with our 26 ft RV.

Month of VisitAugust
LThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2021

Hidden gem

4th of July weekend and I can't see or hear my neighbors. Beautiful pines and sandstone cliffs surround the campsite

Siteno numbers! just pick a spot.
Month of VisitAugust
  • Review photo of Picnic Spring Campground by Larry E., July 3, 2021
Julie D.
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2021

Beautiful!

I loved the calm peacefulness of this campground. Only thing missing on our site was a picnic table. Enjoy the walks and hikes around the area.

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Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of Picnic Spring Campground by Julie D., July 3, 2021
  • Review photo of Picnic Spring Campground by Julie D., July 3, 2021
  • Review photo of Picnic Spring Campground by Julie D., July 3, 2021
Danis O.
Reviewed Aug. 8, 2020

What a fund

Using this app I came across this Campground. I cannot believe it was not when we got here at 1:30. We had our pick of a dozen sites. There is no one else within 1/3 of a mile.

There is around 7 miles of gravel road to go up. But we were on street motorcycles and had no problem.

Note the nearest groceries or any store for that mater is 25 miles away in either direction on Route 85. There is no potable water but there is a spring where you can water to boil. They don’t test it so you are using it at your own risk.

Dead quiet. Beautiful surroundings. Clean. Pit toilets are not smelly.

  • Review photo of Picnic Spring Campground by Danis O., August 8, 2020
Brenda R.
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2020

Picnic Springs Area

Very Nice Primitive Campground!

  • Review photo of Picnic Spring Campground by Brenda R., July 7, 2020
  • Review photo of Picnic Spring Campground by Brenda R., July 7, 2020
  • Review photo of Picnic Spring Campground by Brenda R., July 7, 2020
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UnnamedAdventures
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2019

Excellently maintained campground and great for boon-docking

This is one of the best National Forest campgrounds that we have been to. All of the 8 sites are very spread out and unique on their own. There is an abundance of wild life along with some great bluff views. The campground is very well maintained and well cared for. There are 2 vault toilets and now other extra amenities near the campsites. There is a water supply you can use but the water must be treated. You can stay a max of 14 days. We highly recommend this campground!

Check out our blog at www.unnamedadventures.com and follow our journey on Facebook and Instagram or on our YouTube Channel at Unnamed Adventures. 

Month of VisitOctober
  • Review photo of Picnic Spring Campground by UnnamedAdventures  , September 21, 2019
  • Review photo of Picnic Spring Campground by UnnamedAdventures  , September 21, 2019
  • Review photo of Picnic Spring Campground by UnnamedAdventures  , September 21, 2019
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Jacob D.
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2019

Secluded

Pretty sketchy to find but very nice and the forest around is sweet. While I was here in May I saw deer and elk. Stayed here twice, once in May when there were no other visitors and once in August when there were only a few others.

  • Review photo of Picnic Spring Campground by Jacob D., August 18, 2019
  • Review photo of Picnic Spring Campground by Jacob D., August 18, 2019
L
Reviewed Aug. 16, 2018

Beautiful views

Great place to stay. Very quiet. Sites were large and not many people around.

Month of VisitNovember
  • Review photo of Picnic Spring Campground by Lindsay R., August 16, 2018
  • Review photo of Picnic Spring Campground by Lindsay R., August 16, 2018
West River J.
Reviewed Apr. 27, 2018

Cool little Known Campground

Even more remote than its buddy, Reva Gap campground over in the Slim Buttes of Harding County, Picnic Spring Campground in the Cave Hills offers its own experience. Its a short drive from Highway 85 over to the hills, then up and into the Ponderosa pine forest capped butte that the campground is situated on. Small canyons border most of the campground as its surrounded by other buttes in this ancient place that is the Cave Hills, one of the oldest geological formations in North America.

There's plenty of 'trails' in the area, just check the Forest Service provided map to make sure you're still on public land. Some areas are leased out to ranchers and have cattle on them during different times of the year, so be mindful of any gates you pass through.

Different roads and trails through the Cave Hills can offer up a bunch of different sights and views from the expansive prairie stretching away from it, the little hillsides and meadows between buttes and all the wildlife that occupies it. The history of the place is fascinating as well and worth looking into.

Month of VisitSeptember
  • Review photo of Picnic Spring Campground by West River J., April 27, 2018
  • Review photo of Picnic Spring Campground by West River J., April 27, 2018
  • Review photo of Picnic Spring Campground by West River J., April 27, 2018

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Picnic Spring Campground have wifi?

No, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, Picnic Spring Campground does not have wifi.

Is there cell phone reception at Picnic Spring Campground?

According to campers on TheDyrt.com, Verizon signal is good, AT&T is good, and T-Mobile is available.