Black Hills National Forest, SOUTH DAKOTA
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Awesome camping place

We have stayed here for a week each year during rally week. They are super nice and very accommodating. Could not ask for better treatment.

Very quiet and secluded with lake views

We had the entire campground to ourselves.  The actual campground is called Whitetail Campground, located on Deerfield Reservoir. 

Be aware that you must have water in your tank if you come in an RV.  The campground pumps do not have threaded hose connections. 

We hiked the Deerfield Lake Loop and found the signage to be missing in many places, causing us to take a 15+ mile hike instead of the advertised 11 mile hike.  The trail was overgrown and washed out (lost into the stream) in 5 or 6 places where we had to  cross.  It is not well traveled when you get 6 miles in.

There are two loops to the campground and we stayed in the one furthest from the lake (as it was full….) The bugs weren't too bad and we had a fire one evening.  The thunderstorms were pretty regular every afternoon and things stayed wet.

We would definitely return.

Helped when I was wiped out

I had been having trouble with my van so finding a campground with hookups, great showers, clean bathroom, and outdoor sink for washing camping dishes was great. It's basically an RV park with a few spaces for tents. But they each have electricity which was nice for me. The spaces are close together. My fee was around $44 for the smallest site but this is par for the course for KOAs I think. A great one-night respite if you just want something easy. Showers were really great.

Pleasant Stay

I arrived in August 2019 to find the caves closed until September. I was very disappointed as coming back wasn't an option. I did camp at Elk Mountain--you find your site and then reserve it. There are few options for sites that aren't in the sun. Although according to the ranger the camp doesn't fill up, I would recommend getting your site early to ensure some shade. Bathrooms are nice and clean. No showers (at least where I was). Pleasant stay overall.


I love this campground so much! It is so primitive and woodsy! I love the little trail that goes up to the top of the bluff! One of my all-time favorites!

Amazing place

Really nice forest service site with a beautiful lake, trout, trails and solitude.

Beautiful and quiet

Stayed one night, beautiful and clean campground. Pit toilets were clean and stocked. Empty spaces even during Sturgis week. Spots are spacious, ours was a backin. Minutes away from Custer and Crazy Horse.

Our favorite !!!!

Primitive campground, but absolutely !….the most beautiful spot to unwind, see the stars at night, and hiking is amazing, and very small so make reservations. …no regrets!

Best!!!Camping cabins, (no camper spots,) best kept secret in Black Hills

Been staying at these cabins since the 1960's, many owners but Les the current owners welcome like non others! Beautiful spot in the hills!

Cute little campground

Small campground nestled in a little canyon of sorts with red rock walls on one side and green hill on other. It echos if you yell. The reservoir is a short walk up the road with a nice sandy beach and good fishing (so I hear). Good family spot. We had fun playing horseshoes in the provided pits, but you need to bring your own shoes. The biting flies were not in short supply, so bring bug spray. There was no campground host, and the vault toilets were not very clean as a result. But we still had a very pleasant experience. We would camp there again.

Good campground

Very friendly staff. Super open spots but not bad if you’re traveling through. Fort Hays just next door for a super awesome breakfast and tourist location

Great place!

Very clean, with friendly staff!

Great place to stay while visiting Mt. Rushmore

This campground was great for all types of camping. They had full hookups to dry camping. It was on the out skirts of Custer, SD but away from the busier areas. It was close to many other places to visit like Crazy Horse, the hot springs, Wind Cave NP, Jewel Cave NP and Custer State park. They had a swimming pool and a large water slide for a small fee. The best part was you were allowed to have a campfire. The one bad thing was the spaces were a little too close for my personal likings. Over all it was a great campground.

Great family owned business

We have been here 3 times. Love the quiet atmosphere. It is close to downtown Sturgis. Great place for Rally. Equal distance between Rapid City and Spearfish. Pool, hot tub basketball court.
Full hookups and a place got tents. Cabins. Bar on premises

Close to everything

We spent a week at the end of June here!! Wonderful weather! On the needles highway and close to everything.

Close enough to town and yet remote camping

The drive to Black Fox is along quite a few ranches and follows a river. The drive is enjoyable and not very difficult to handle. The campground is right along the river. The rapids made music that is peaceful and inviting. 

A large group of ATVs drove in to picnic. Along with one other family, the campground was pretty empty. 

What better camp than right along a bubbling river? Off road trails are the closest draw. The Michelson trail has an access point a few miles down the road. Pay the access fee and enjoy the trail with hikers, bikers, and horses. 

Although some of the sites had a bit too much water and were muddy, the bulk of the 9 sites were perfect.

Seven days in beautiful Black Hills

Our group of four adults and two kids under the age of ten picked did some tent camping at Custer Crazy Horse. Initially we wanted to camp inside Custer State Park but our late planning led us to only a few campgrounds with availability. We chose Custer Crazy Horse because a couple people in our group really wanted the comforts of shower, electricity and wifi and this place had all three! I'm personally use to primitive camping so I was expecting some sort of KOA-like setup. I was pleasantly surprised by how rugged and hilly the area was, how clean and fresh the facilities were, and (my favorite) how kind and hospitable the owners were! Twila is such a doll and allowed our 6 person party and 12 person tent to overflow onto 3 sites! We set up right by thr rocky outcrop which the kids loved playing on and meeting other kids at. Twila has a convenience store on the property with all the things you indeed forgot to bring as well as fresh complimentary coffee and two beautiful dogs that greeted everyone. Like I said, the showers and bathrooms were so clean! And they were always fresh everyday. This campground was also so close to everything! Very close to Custer State Park, Crazy Horse memorial, Mt. Rushmore, Hill City with a bunch of breweries and wineries, an hour out from Rapid City, and about an hour and a half to thr Badlands. And Twila gave us a pass to Custer State Park for the week which was so convenient since we were out there nearly everyday hiking and admiring the wildlife (especially the bison!). I highly recommend this campground! You will not be disappointed!

Small, Family-Friendly and Close to Everything!

Our stay at Blue Bell Campground was one of the highlights of our recent cross-country road trip. With only 30 campsites suitable for tents or RVs, this was a nice spot to unwind after busy days within the park. 

Unlike many of the other campgrounds in Custer, this one is not waterfront, so it is a bit quieter and more relaxed. Campsites are $21 (plus the entrance fee) for a standard tent site without hookups. Sites with electricity are $25, and camping cabins are $50 per night. 

We stayed in one of the tent sites at the edge of the campground, so it was super quiet, but close to the amphitheater for ranger programs, as well as the bathhouse, and the Blue Bell Stables for trail rides.  

There is so much to do in Custer State Park. We stayed for three days, but could easily have stayed longer. We hiked the Sunday Gulch Trail near Sylvan Lake, which was fantastic, drove all of the scenic drives, including the Needles Highway, The Iron Mountain Road, and the Wildlife Loop. We also swam in Legion Lake, which is the closest lake to Blue Bell, and canoed on Center Lake. 

While we were there, we made friends with our camping neighbors, who all agreed that Blue Bell Campground was one of the nicest in the park. The campground hosts are incredibly nice and cell service was pretty good compared to other spots in the park.

Great camp site!

We tent camped here for a night. All tent sites are given out on a first come first serve basis. We got a quiet spot along the Spearfish River for $25/night. This campground has an awesome bathroom and shower which require a code to access. Definitely will stay here again.

Expensive but nice shade trees

The showers need to be torn down and started over. The laundry was nice size but only half the machines worked. The lots were pull through and really nice with shade trees. There was real grass and it was thick. There were nice slabs of concrete with a gazebo and picnic tables. The staff was really friendly and the store was cute. You could have fires, full hookups. They have cabins and a hotel as well with a pool and game room. It was the most we have paid for a week stay, with exception of Canada.

Quiet, pretty campground

Peaceful campground with the friendliest, most helpful host. He came over when he saw us taking awhile to start a fire and chopped kindling from our firewood, even leaving us his axe for the night.

Fantastic and free

5.5 south of Wall SD On hwy 240. Take a right at the tv towers and drive in to the rim of the wall. Free disbursed camping a mile north of the entrance to the Badlands National Park. No facilities and a rough road in, but worthwhile.

Fun for Family

We took 2 of our grandchildren for 2 nights. We had so much fun in the clean swimming pool and hot tub. The shower facilities we're close by.

Nestled in the Beautiful Back Hills

We love the Woodsy Loop. Great view of the lake, which isn't huge. Can walk the shore. The camp hosts are friendly and helpful. Vault toilets are clean. The sites aren't super close together, and you're in the pines. Picnic table and fire pit.

Beautiful, well maintained

We loved this little campground. The hosts were so friendly. They kept the place neat and clean. The vault toilet was clean and spacious. It's quiet and private. You're surrounded by pine trees, and Box Elder Creek flows nearby. We will definitely camp there again.

Disney Camping

We desperately needed showers and a place to park for the night. We knew what KOAs had/have to offer, so we had the right mindset. We were packed in like sardines and up against the small cabins(thinking they might have been disappointed with their view). Showers were warm and the amenities were plentiful. We took advantage of the bar for a drink and salad. In the morning we enjoyed a coffee and toasted bagel. The surrounding mountains were beautiful and the people watching was spot on.

Great camping weekend!

Excellent customer service!!! Very clean! Nice location right next to the creek. The pavilion with tabletop fires and tv and games kept us dry and entertained while it rained and they sell beer and wine! Some hwy noise from UTVs traveling by but otherwise fun place.

Great Location

Small (20 sites) primitive campground located only one mile from Keystone SD. Great for seeing Mt Rushmore, Crazy Horse Site and Custer State Park. Mostly tents as large RVs and trailers have difficulty with tight curves. Some sites small but we reserved #19, it is very large and offers best privacy. Well maintained vault toilets and potable water available. Quiet at night but some road noise and helicopter traffic during the day. Friendly hosts.

New owners making changes

This campground got new owners a few years ago. It looks pretty good now, with recently remodeled bathroom/showers. There is a store and laundry facilities, and a pool. This is an RV Park, but there were some tent spaces. Internet was pretty good. It was a little pricy, but ok for one night.

Huge KOA with tons of activities

One of the largest KOAs in the US. It’s basically a small town with two pools, a village of shops and restaurants, tons of activities, and a large horse stable with trail rides. We had a nice back in site on the edge of a hill with plenty of privacy. However most the full hookup sites were really tight and had no shade.

Very close to Mount Rushmore and within about 30 minutes of most of the Black Hills attractions. If you want the resort RV esprit will be tough to find somewhere better.