(US Forest Service Photo)
This is one of several free parks maintained by the US Forest Service in
the Black Hills. Such parks are great spots for activities such as picnics, animal
watching and, in this case, fishing.
A person might think of the Black Hills as just one big park.
if you want an outdoor experience
just being in the Black Hills National Forest will do. Access to the entire 1.4 million acres it is
free -- although overnight hiking on some trails requires a small fee.
public lands around Mt Rushmore, Jewel
Cave, and Wind Cave (operated by the National Park Service) can all be visited and used for free.
Tower and the Badlands have access fees however.
cities and towns in the Black Hills,
including Keystone, have free city parks. Among the most notable is
Lake in Rapid City. Another favorite is Storybook Island in
City, which is privately operated by the Rapid City Rotary Club .
What you do at these free facilities is up to you.
Facilites operated by the US Forest Service are in the woods, so they
are good locations for a picnic, perhaps some fishing or just enjoying
the outdoors. City parks usually have facities such as picnic areas,
playgrounds, tennis courts and other free facilities. National parkes
offer an array of facilites, such as hiking trails, generally
geared toward outdoor enthusiats. (One note, however, public access near
Mt. Rushmore is tightly controlled. Off trail hiking is not allowed.)
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