Hitting the open road and traveling into the depths of nature is a freeing experience in itself. I enjoy taking my RV on trips, which means I don’t have to pitch a tent if I don’t want to. I feel I have more freedom on where I can visit.
I’ve decided to look at South Dakota in this article as I went there recently, and I know you’re in for a treat with so many campground facilities in the most amazing settings. I’ve taken a look at some of the remarkable places that made my camping dreams come true.
Sylvan Lake Campground
Custer State Park is located near the shores of Sylvan Lake, and it’s one of the largest state parks in the country. The campground is operational between May and October. It has several overnight options to choose from and is one of Custer’s most popular camping spots.
There’s a wide range of facilities, including a cafeteria, and a restaurant for meals. It also has a quaint gift shop that stocks memorabilia from the area. The 39 sites are suitable for tent camping and RVs less than 27 feet long. It has all the necessary amenities, including access to hot showers and flushing toilets.
Elkhorn Ridge RV Resort & Cabins
In the Black Hills of South Dakota lies the magnificent resort filled with unique amenities and exciting features. There’s plenty of maneuvering space for RVs, or you can hire a cabin instead. Visitors can laze in a hot tub, have breakfast at the café, or buy a bottle of red wine at the liquor store.
There’s a heated pool to sit in and relax, and the resort even offers free wireless internet and cable TV. When I’m in the mood to get some exercise, I hit the tennis and basketball courts to let off some steam.
It’s pet friendly and has a fenced-off dog park separating big and large canines. It’s only a few minutes away from fantastic attractions such as historic Deadwood and beautiful Sturgis.
Heartland RV Park & Cabins
Heartland is one of the best camping resorts close to the Black Hills. It’s only 20 minutes from the breathtaking mount Rushmore and is the perfect home base for sightseeing and adventuring.
It provides campers with modern amenities, including free unlimited hot showers and clean restrooms. A large kiddie’s play area keeps the young ones busy, and the resort also offers free Wi-Fi and cable television facilities.
I like to enjoy a quiet time relaxing at the pool or soaking in one of the hot tubs. The campground has a fully stocked camp store and a gas station to fill up before hitting the road.
Spearfish City Campground
Lying just north of the Black Hills National Forest is the city of Spearfish. It’s a laid-back and outdoor-oriented community full of adventurous people. Within walking distance of downtown Spearfish is the city’s campground facility, which borders a creek with some of the state’s best trout fishing.
The site has both electric RV sites and 100 tent camping lots. All overnight guests share the restroom and shower facilities. For ATV riders, there are plenty of trails in the Northern Hills. Some of the locations include Iron Creek Lake, Nemo, Galena, and the area west of Cheyenne Crossing.
The network of paths and trails stretches across 550 miles of the 1.2 million-acre Black Hills National Forest. The area is organized and maintained by the Forest Service, so the roads are relatively well kept. The modest campground makes a good base for sightseeing and exploring the natural resources in the area.
Taking the RV for an adventure is one of the great American pastimes. Visiting several areas in one road trip makes for a great holiday. I enjoy Sylvan Lake and Spearfish City for some water sports and fishing fun. When I’m in the mood for fresh mountain air, I go to Heartland or Elkhorn Ridge, which gives me my dose of flora and fauna in the forests and hills.