Custer State Park Festival of Trees and First Day Hike


Custer, SD – Custer State Park is hosting a Festival of Trees event this year to celebrate the Christmas season, and a First Day Hike to kick off the New Year.

The Festival of Trees is an opportunity for local businesses, civic organizations, and individuals to display a tree at the new Custer State Park Visitor Center throughout the holiday season.

The public is encouraged to explore the visitor center and vote for their “Favorite Tree” December 10 until January 1, 2017.  There are currently eight trees on display for viewing and voting.  The “Favorite Tree” will be announced by Tuesday, January 3 via Facebook and a news release.

A First Day Hike will be held on Sunday, January 1, 2017 at 10am.  Interested hikers should meet at the Peter Norbeck Outdoor Education Center.  The hike will be approximately two miles long and last approximately two hours.  Pre‐registration for the hike is not required.  Hikers will have a chance to vote on their favorite tree after the hike.

There is no cost for visitors to view the trees or participate in the hike; however, a park entrance license is required to enter the park.  Park entrance licenses can be purchased at the visitor center.

Custer State Park Visitor Center hours are 9:00am – 4:00pm every day.  The visitor center will have limited hours of 9am – 11am on Wednesday, December 21 and will be closed Saturday to Monday, December 24‐26.

For more information call 605‐255‐4515.

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