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Willow Creek Horse Camp

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**This is now a single site camp facility and no longer a group site.** Only one vehicle per site and sites 1-3 are not for horses. 

About This Campground

National Forest

Overview

This horse camp is nestled at the confluence of Willow Creek and Palmer Creek near the Black Elk Wilderness area of the Black Hills National Forest. From this campground, hikers and horseback riders can access a network of trails into the backcountry. The campground is within the…

Fee Info

There is no discount for this campground.

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Access

  • Drive In
    Park next to your campsite
  • Walk In
    Park in a lot, walk to your campsite

Stay Connected

  • WiFi
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  • AT&T
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  • T-Mobile
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Site Types

  • Tent Sites
  • RV Sites
  • Standard (Tent/RV)
  • Equestrian

Features

For Campers

  • ADA Access
  • Trash
  • Picnic Table
  • Reservable
  • Showers
  • Drinking Water
  • Electric Hookups
  • Toilets
  • Alcohol
  • Pets
  • Fires

For Vehicles

  • Pull-Through Sites
  • Max Length: 35 ft.

Reviews

1 Review of Willow Creek Horse Camp

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Rob S.
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2021

Overpriced and mediocre horseback ride

We booked this 1-hour horseback trip for myself, my wife, and my 8-year-old son and did not think to check the price. Willow Creek is almost 3x what every other company in Wyoming charges, including their sister company just down the road. Our guide was Kendra, who was very nice but had just…

Location

Willow Creek Horse Camp is located in South Dakota

Directions

From Hill City, South Dakota, take US 16/385 south for 7 miles. Go east on State Hwy 244. The campground is located across from the Mt. Rushmore KOA.

Coordinates

43.9030552 N
103.535 W

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About This Campground

Overview

This horse camp is nestled at the confluence of Willow Creek and Palmer Creek near the Black Elk Wilderness area of the Black Hills National Forest. From this campground, hikers and horseback riders can access a network of trails into the backcountry. The campground is within the Norbeck Wildlife Preserve. Recently renovated by Forest Service and our Partners, Backcountry Horsemen of America, Willow Creek Campground is a good choice for horse campers.

Recreation

Hikers and horseback riders can access the trailhead for the Willow Creek Loop, which provides scenic views of the Black Elk Wilderness. There is also easy access to the Lost Cabin Trail, which offers many views of Black Elk Peak on its descent. Willow Creek Horse Camp provides a good starting point for a day-long hike or horseback ride to Black Elk Peak and Harney Lookout Tower. Both the Willow Creek Loop and the Lost Cabin Trail connect with the Black Elk Peak Trail.

Facilities

Each site has a picnic table and campfire ring. Corrals are provided for horses in sites 4 through 9. Each corral accomodates up to 6 horses. A horse waste container is located in the campground and we request that campers remove horse waste from the corrals on departure.
Camping without horses? You may reserve sites 1 through 3 which do not allow horses or choose a site that does accomodate horses. We request that you look at a non-horse site, if available, to accomodate campers with horses. Vault toilets are available. Drinking Water may NOT be available!

Natural Features

The Black Hills in western South Dakota and northeastern Wyoming feature a varied landscape of rugged rock formations, canyons and gulches, open grassland parks, tumbling streams and deep blue lakes. The Black Elk Wilderness is its only wilderness area, and it sits in the center of Norbeck Wildlife Preserve.
Norbeck is home to a variety of wildlife, including elk, deer, bighorn sheep and mountain goats. Its most prominent landmark is Black Elk Peak, which, at 7,242 feet, is the highest
point in the country east of the Rockies.

contact_info

For facility specific information, please call (605) 574-4402.

Nearby Attractions

Named for South Dakota's former governor and U.S. Senator, the Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway offers 70 miles of outstanding sights including Mount Rushmore, which is only 6 miles from the camp, The Needles Highway, Iron Mountain Road and Custer State Park. The Norbeck Overlook provides views of Black Elk Peak and Mount Rushmore.

Charges & Cancellations

No refunds will be given for weather or related events.

Connection Details

We rate connection speeds from campers like you who submit speed tests with Field Reports.

  • Good- 10+Mbps

    Campers can make calls and send texts & emails, watch an HD movie, play multiplayer games, and more.

  • Fair- 3Mbps-10Mbps

    Campers can make calls, send texts & emails, video chat, stream video, and play online games.

  • Poor- 0Mbps-3Mbps

    Campers might be able check email, send texts, and make calls.

  • Available-

    Campers have been able to connect here but we don’t know the quality of the connection.

  • Unknown-

    Connectivity is not known for this campground.

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