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Dog Friendly Activities in Custer, SD

There are 5 dog friendly activities in Custer. Use the links below to get an overview of each one, see pictures, print directions, and even read reviews from other dog owners. Coming from out of town? Get a discounted rate on pet friendly hotels in Custer, SD, or call 877-411-FIDO to speak with one of our pet travel experts!

Custer State Park

Custer State Park offers 71,000 acres of amazing views and outdoor experiences. Leashed pets are welcome throughout the park. The 18-mile Wildlife Loop allows pets and humans to explore the park and view the indigenous wildlife from the comfort of the car. There are also many hiking trails where pets are welcome to join the hiking fun. The only places where pets are not allowed are designated swimming beaches and in any park buildings (including camping cabins, lodges, and comfort stations).

George S. Mickelson Trail

The George S. Mickelson Trail is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Custer! The map below shows a trailhead where you can pick up the George S. Mickelson Trail. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit <a href=""></a>.

Black Hills National Forest

Leashed dogs are welcome in the Black Hills National Forest. The Forest is made up of rugged rock formations, canyons, gulches, open grassland parks, streams, and lakes. Fido is welcome to hike on any of Black Hills' trails; however, dog owners should be aware that some trails are bike and horse friendly. Dogs are not allowed in every Black Hills campground, so guests should check its website for restrictions before planning their stay. The National Forest is open to the public free of charge. Some activities, campgrounds, and parking areas do charge fees.

Sunday Gulch Trail

Sunday Gulch Trail is a popular hike in Custer State Park. At nearly 4 miles in length, this trail is considered quite difficult as a bit of scrambling is required. The trail will take you near Sylvan Lake in Custer State Park. At the beginning, you’ll traverse over large boulders down a valley to some great views of big granite spires and the northern Black Hills all around you. There are handrails to aid you in your journey along the pathway. You'll be pleased they're there on the way back down.
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