5 South Dakota RV Parks You Must Visit

Your Guide to the Best South Dakota RV Parks

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••• Mount Rushmore is just one of the reasons to RV to South Dakota. Scott Olson/Getty Images News/Getty Images

It’s the land of the Badlands, Mount Rushmore, rolling acres of wilderness and is ready to accommodate you and your RV. I’m talking about lovely South Dakota. This is a large state with a lot to do so to help you out I’ve picked out my top five RV parks, grounds and sites for the Mount Rushmore State.

Yankton/Missouri River KOA: Yankton

This southern South Dakota is loaded with family friendly fun and great accommodations.

The Yankton/Missouri River KOA can accommodate rigs up to 70 feet in length and provides full utility hookups, choose a premium site to get a grill, picnic table, your own patio as well as cable TV and Wi-Fi access. Bathrooms and laundry facilities are kept clean and open for your use. You can also expect a snack bar, outfitted dog park, camp supplies and group pavilions at this KOA.

This campground is located on the Missouri River providing plenty of on water recreation like fishing and kayaking. Outdoors types can drive a short distance to explore the Chief White Crane and Cottonwood Recreation areas for some exploration. On top of these you have Gavins Point Dam, Gavins Point National Fish Hatchery and Aquarium and Karttrax Family Fun Park.

Big Pine Campground: Custer

This site located in the Black Hills caters to privacy and has all the amenities for a great stay. Big Pine Campground is perfect for RVers with sites outfitted with 30/50 amp hookups, water, sewer and free Wi-Fi.

There are two bathhouses with hot showers as well as laundry facilities to wash up after a long day. These shaded and secluded sites also have fire pits and picnic tables for unwinding. Big Pine rounds out its facilities with an RV supply store, playground and on-site hiking and biking trails.

The Custer area is full of activities and things to do.

Custer State Park is very popular, giving you a great view of the Badlands and Black Hills of South Dakota as well as plenty of roaming wildlife like the famous bison of the area. You also have nearby Wind Cave National Park, Mount Rushmore, Jewel Cave, Bear Country USA and the Rushmore-Borglum Museum.

Whistler Gulch Campground & RV Park: Deadwood

Relive the days of some of the most famous outlaws and lawmen at Deadwood and Whistler Gulch Campground and RV Park. You’ll get something that the historic residents didn’t have and that’s amenities and facilities. RV sites are decked out with full utility hookups, fire grates and picnic tables. Bathrooms, showers and laundry facilities are modern and ready for your use. You also have free Wi-Fi, a camping supply store, a convenience store, business center, heated swimming pool, rec hall and more.

Whistler Gulch has a fantastic location. The historic Deadwood Main Street, Deadwood Family Fun Park, creek fishing and the Mickelson Hiking and Biking Trail are all within walking distance of your camp site. Deadwood is loaded with museums and attractions that explore the city’s historic past. Expect to learn plenty about famous names such as “Wild Bill” Hiccock, Calamity Jane and others.

Badlands/White River KOA: Interior

You could park outside of Badlands National Park or you can camp right in the interior in this Interior, SD KOA. The Badlands/White River KOA has all of the amenities and facilities that the National Park campsites don’t. This KOA can accommodate mega rigs up to 120 feet and sites come with full utility hookups, cable TV, Wi-Fi access as well as patio, table and chairs, propane grill and fire rings. This KOA serves up hot meals twice a day in their kitchen to fuel you for local adventure. They round out their facilities with bike rentals, snack bar, a swimming pool and motorcycle service area.

You can wake up every morning on the doorstep of South Dakota’s Badlands National Park. Explore the spires, buttes, cliffs, rolling hills, wildlife and wildflowers of the area.

Get some history at the Minuteman Missile Historic Site, take a drive on the 35 mile Scenic Badlands Loop or get some further history at the Wounded Knee Museum or the famous Wall Drug.

Rafter J Bar Ranch: Hill City

Not only is this is one of the best parks in South Dakota but Rafter J Bar Ranch has also been ranked nationally in Woodall’s top 100 parks. You won’t want for much at this park. Sites comes with 30/50 amp hookups, water and sewer hookups to go along with free Wi-Fi, cable TV and a fire pit. The park has several clean and bright bathhouses and laundry facilities located throughout the park. There’s a resort activities center, playground, swimming pools and other areas to enjoy your time while at the park.

The whole Hill City area is surrounded by things to see and do. Obviously Mount Rushmore is one of the top draws but this is only the tip of the iceberg. Within 10 miles you also have the Crazy Horse Memorial, the 1880 train, downtown Hill City and of course Badlands National Park. There are also several other attractions located within an hour’s drive like Custer State Park and Pactola Lake.

While South Dakota may not capture your imagination from afar, you have to visit the state at least once to take in the beauty that is Mount Rushmore.