Grace Coolidge campground is, hands down, one of the loveliest campgrounds I have had the pleasure of staying at. The campground hosts were incredibly attentive; you always saw them around, looking after the grounds and keeping it in excellent shape.
The showers/bathrooms were thoroughly cleaned daily and always stocked. The sites were not particularly private, but I don’t think there was an undesirable looking site in the whole place! The campground itself is definitely on the smaller side, which meant no big crowds of people.
The scenery is breathtaking and you’re in close proximity to so many excellent adventure opportunities (hiking trails right off the campground and the Wildlife Loop, The Needles Highway, Black Elk Peak and so much more within driving range). You will not regret a stay at this campground.
I love the black hills and this is Our go-to campground. It is well shaded and quiet and is well located within the park.
Custer's Last Stand may not have gone the way he hoped, but the state park that bears his name may be one of the most amazing camping destinations we've ever seen. And our stay at Grace Coolidge Campground will always be a treasured memory.
There are many campgrounds spread around Custer SP. Coolidge is a small-ish one set along the banks of a creek. There are about 20 sites here, most of which are tucked in the trees, providing plenty of shade.
We checked in right at dusk, after a long day of driving. The campground attendant introduced himself, and pointed out our spot. There's potable water at the bathroom/shower building, and he asked if we wanted to fill up before we parked. (We didn't, but it was nice he asked.)
Our spot was nice and level, the perfect place to tuck in our teardrop for the night. Though the campground was full, everyone observed the quiet hours, and it made for a pleasant evening of watching the stars.
In the morning, we took our pup on two short, but beautiful, hikes, before hitching up and heading to our next destination.
If all the campgrounds at Custer are as nice as Coolidge, we may just have to spend a month staying at each of them.