Wabash Spring Road, Custer, SD

Hell Canyon Ranger District

Black Hills National Forest

Free Camping Near Mt. Rushmore National Park

Wabash Spring Road, also marked as Forest Road 781 on USFS maps, and as County Road 661K on Google Maps, is a road where people frequently boondock. Being only 3.3 miles into downtown Custer, SD, it's a premium boondocking location for those want to visit the historic shopping and dining area.


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Hell Canyon Ranger District

Black Hills National Forest

Custer, SD Office

Tel: (605) 673-9200


GPS: 43.7481, -103.6605

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Reservations: First come, first served

Camping Fee: None

Permit: None

Max stay: 14 days in a 60 day period

Amenities: None

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Camping on Wabash Spring Road

While most people tend to set up camp right where the marker is pinned on the map above, the fact is that the Motor Vehicle Use Map for this area (see Associated Files linked below) says that dispersed camping is allowed anywhere along this road up to a distance of no more than 300 feet from the centerline of the road. Thus, you are definitely allowed to camp in places that do not appear to have been camped before.

But being close to town, you will also hear many OHV riders driving up and down this road, which you may find to be a nuisance. There are also many reports of rattlesnakes in this area, probably because this area is much closer to homes and businesses, which tends to attract mice and rats.

Otherwise Wabash Spring Road may be a great place to scout out before settling on campsites further away from town. At least, try to get here between Monday and Thursday for the best shot at finding an open site.

The BEST Free Camping Near Custer, South Dakota

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Associated Documents

Black Hills National Forest Order BHNF-046-98, Occupancy rules, maximum camping limits, (eff: December 9, 1998)
Motor Vehicle Use Map, Hell Canyon Ranger District, Illustrates dispersed camping restrictions & OHV restrictions, (eff: January 1, 2024)

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