Lightning Creek Road

Custer, South Dakota (Custer County)

Last Updated: 09/23/2020
5 / 5 ( 1 reviews )
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Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 5.6 miles
Highest Elevation: 6555 feet
Duration: About 30 minutes
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Custer
Nearest Town w/ Services: Custer
Official Road Name: 288
Management Agency: Black Hills National Forest
District: Hell Canyon District


Highlight: Lightning Creek Road
A well-groomed forest helps define Lightning Creek Road from start to finish. This scenic drive through the lush terrain sports an abundance of wildflowers, wildlife, and mature pine trees. The forest here is an example of what can be done to reduce the risk of forest fires and beetle kill infestation while creating a visually stimulating view. Near the north end of the route, you will be treated to a magnificent view of the Black Hills and the Crazy Horse Memorial in the distance.


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1. Lightning Creek Road Trailhead (0 mi)
Lightning Creek begins immediately off of US Highway 16 west of Custer, South Dakota. The road is well marked with a road sign.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Custer

Head west from the edge of town on US Highway 16 for 6.9 miles. Lightning Creek Road heads north on the right.



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Tim Palmer

Mapping Crew - Colorado

Tim lives and works in Northern Colorado. He has owned and driven 4X4 vehicles his entire adult life including Jeeps, pick ups, ATVs and UTVs. After high school, Tim's first 4X4 was a 47 Willy's CJ-2A with a flat 4 and a 6-volt electrical system. Typically wheeling in Northern Colorado or Southern Wyoming, Tim loves being in the mountains and the back country. Because of a desire to enjoy and promote responsible off-roading and to keep it available for the future, he belongs to a local 4X4 off-road club. Being part of the community furthers that goal as well. A love for off-road adventures, camping, fishing, and hunting keeps Tim away from pavement and always exploring. While his wife likes the comfort of a Jeep Grand Cherokee, Tim prefers the ruggedness of the Jeep Wrangler. Although most off-road time is spent in Colorado and Wyoming, an occasional trip to the Moab area is common. Tim will spend the summer going topless and enjoying the value of the great outdoors. Amateur Radio Technician license call sign: ke0npg
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