Black Hills, NFS road, close to Hill City | Wild Camping

United States

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about 2 months ago
Altitude:
1667.8 masl
Website:
None
Contributor:
wildlifemargrit

Amenities

Electricity:
No
Wifi:
Yes - Fast
Kitchen:
No
Restaurant:
No
Showers:
No
Water:
No
Toilets:
No
Big Rig Friendly:
No
Tent Friendly:
Yes
Pet Friendly:
Yes

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Description

Perfect boondocking spot. Can accommodate one small rig with a few others.

LOCATION:
Close to hill city (5 min drive back to town). Seen: Deer, Wild Turkeys, Elk, Bobcat tracks.

ROAD TO:
Narrow, mildly rough dirt road. SUV/Truck clearance recommended, but a good driver could probably navigate a car. 4 wheel drive may be required in wet weather, can be muddy.

SERVICE:
4 Bars LTE AT&T & 1 Bar LTE Verizon

NOTES:
VERY FEW TURN AROUNDS, May be difficult for folks with trailers, or vehicles over 24ft.

If you stop off at any US Forest Service office (we stopped in Rapid City) they have free maps showing where Dispersed Camping (boondocking) is allowed in their forests which is virtually anywhere within 300ft along their roads. The trick is finding flat spots and making sure you are not on private land or restricted area.

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stayed here overnight. nice and peaceful. place to myself. couple campers drove by. great wifi connection. will definitely stay here.

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Small gravel spot that turns into a logging road? Stayed for 4 days without issue. Saw 2 cars come down Gertie Rd the whole time and heard ATVs the first night. Otherwise, silent. Plenty of room for our 34' trailer and kids and dogs to run around. We drove to the end of Gertie and turned around to back in. Thought of staying there, its prettier, but the impending rain made us re-think, as it's a field with muddy ruts. We ended up here and were very happy. There was a makeshift fire-pit, although not sure how "ok" that was.

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The road was clear of snow and easy to get up with a few puddles/ muddy spots on an incline that I dodged. I second what everyone else said pretty much. 2 bars of LTE/ 5G (it flip flops) with mint mobile/ t-mobile. Very quiet overnight, stars were gorgeous. No one else was here & didn’t see any animals. You’ll have to figure out what slant suits you best - it’s not all level. I tripped over a large piece of quartz getting out of my car. This place has so so much! Turns out it’s the state’s mineral. How cool!! Happy camping! :-)

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Stayed here over night. Easy road to get up in our truck camper. But can see that it might get soggy after a few days rain. It’s a beautiful pine forest. Someone made a rock lined fire pit. We didn’t use it, but it made it easy to spot this place. No traffic up here during our overnight.
1-2 bars AT&T. A tad windy.

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Seems to be an old logging road off the NFS road that's turned into a pull off. We walked a ways down the old logging road (it goes pretty far according to satellite images) and there is a tall grass field that a 4x4 camper would be able to access.

We had no issues getting our 2WD Promaster 159 up here in the dry, just went slow in a few spots. Extra caution in the wet, of course.

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Great spot! Like others have said, there is some trash around, wish I had had gloves to do some pick up. I had awesome t-mobile service, LTE with 2-3 bars, and was able to have an hour long zoom call with no issues. Made it in my minivan no issues, one ATV went by a few times, but that’s it!

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Nice spot with a good breeze. unfortunately people have left a bit of trash. 🤨

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Very quiet forest road with smallish camping spot. Good Verizon internet receiption. Also get T- Mobile

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Beautiful spot in the forest for quiet camping.

Other then some weird bones by the FirePit, we really enjoyed this spot!

Lots of wildflowers around and wild raspberries for foraging. Yum!

The road in was short and easy for our 21 ft Van. The space is big enough for perhaps 2 vans.

2 bars LTE Verizon.

Keep it clean and beautiful!

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Nice spot and easy to get to. Spending the night here before visiting Mount Rushmore.

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As described. Relatively easy to get to, easy turn around, very quiet. Some air traffic from number 45 ‘barf’ coming to town. Some bones and fun stuff for the kids to explore, but people need to do a better job of leaving no trace. Fire pit is full of junk, trash strewn around. Sad.

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If this spot is taken, there’s a large open space at the end of the road.

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Great spot! Super close to town but you feel like you’re in the middle of the forest. Saw elk and deer. Road was bumpy but fine for my small van. Only one small level area. Other spots good for tent or if you have leveling blocks. 2-3 bars ATT LTE. Open area, not too shady.

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Easy to get to in 2wd. Nice quiet place in November. Great space to pull off NF road whereas others are just pull offs.

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Beautiful campsite in a sparse pine forest. No bugs, nice breeze in the evening. Had no trouble with the road in my Transit Van but not recommended in heavy rain or snow. 2 bars AT&T.

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Decent campsite, not level. I suppose 2 rvs could fit here but it would be very uneven for one of them and it would be crowded. Ok place for a couple nights. We parked here with a 25ft travel trailer. black hills national forest requires that you camp 100ft from the road.

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Just off the gravel road is a small grassy parking with a fire ring in a nice clearing with some deer sightings. Far enough from the main road to be quiet.

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beautiful. 10/10. any vehicle can make it but high clearance is recommended.

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Nice spot just off a gravel road. Quiet at night with nice breeze and not too many bugs. Small fire ring. Recommended.

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Pretty little spot just off a quiet dirt road. Fire ring and just enough flat area for a small sprinter size van. Not buggy at all

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Great place to camp for the night very quiet and a wonderful view of the hills. Very nice breeze you can hear it coming of the valley sounds like a running River.

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Perfect Boondocking spot. Can accommodate one big rig with a few others. Even has 4-5 Bars 4G AT&T & 1 Bar LTE Verizon. Yet in the beautiful forest. Lots of Deer, Wild Turkeys, and busy squirrels harvesting pine cones for winter. Did see Bobcat tracks. Good narrow dirt road.
If you stop off at any US Forest Service office (we stopped in Rapid City) they have free maps showing where Dispersed Camping (boondocking) is allowed in their forests which is virtually anywhere within 300ft along their roads. The trick is finding flat spots and making sure you are not on private land or restricted area.

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