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Address: Custer, SD

Accessible only by hiking.

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A primitive trail so know what you're getting before you go!

French Creek is the only place in Custer for backcountry camping. It is all primitive. No sites, fire rings, nothing at all. You have to pack in your own water too. At night... read more

Reviewed 6 October 2014
Spring Lake Heights, New Jersey
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Reviewed 17 October 2016

We stayed at the Shady Rest Motel and would walk across the road, through the park and cross the bridge over French Creek to walk into town every day. Several days we walked East or West on the trail along French Creek for our exercise and to enjoy the magnificent weather.

Thank Belva C
Kihei, Hawaii
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95 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 July 2015

Just a brief stop for pictures of the creek and bridge. Had a restroom and a sign describing the area's history. Good place to stretch your legs.

Thank LivingLife808
Glendale, California
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916 reviews
243 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 April 2015

Enjoyed seeing it, however there are a lot of other places which deserve more time to see. If your patient you will see wildlife

Thank travelshooter71
Nova Scotia, Canada
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192 reviews
96 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2015

Despite a very dry spring in the area the creek still had some water in it! Great area to explore and hike around!

2 Thank Traveller-NS
Mesa, Arizona
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41 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 January 2015

First, let me say that fishing this creek is a major activity there. For me,since I spend so much time on back roads in the general Custer area, I have seen a lot of French Creek. In some places it nearly disappears and in others, it is right there to see but wherever you see it, it is pretty. It... More 

1 Thank HopestillH
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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57 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 December 2014

This campground is our first pick when staying in the Hills. The campground is great for exploring and there are lots of things to see and do. A general store and restaurant are within walking distance.

1 Thank Wipfer
Mead, Colorado
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29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 October 2014

We stayed at this campground in October. We have horses and this campground is perfect for horses. Lots of extra stalls to rent if you have more than 1 horse. Jim and Kathy, the camp hosts are top notch. They are such great people, loved visiting with them. We had buffalo, turkey, sheep and deer in camp all 5 days... More 

2 Thank Kim H
Custer, South Dakota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 October 2014

To the reviewer who claimed, "I had hiked the length of French Creek back in the 1970's...", I respectfully think you are full of it. The creek has a length of over 60 miles, much of which goes through private property. A good two miles or so of it goes thru the town of Custer and has parts which are... More 

2 Thank drenacide68
Spring Lake Heights, New Jersey
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40 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 October 2014

French Creek is the only place in Custer for backcountry camping. It is all primitive. No sites, fire rings, nothing at all. You have to pack in your own water too. At night you won't be bothered by anything except coyotes and owls. I recommend (per park staff) going in from the East side of the park as the trailhead... More 

2 Thank BisonBurger2010
Vadnais Heights, Minnesota
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205 reviews
127 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 July 2014

One reads about French Creek throughout history so it was fun to see it. We crossed the river multiple times, stopping to see the wildlife.

Thank europewithKellynRyan

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