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What are some good equestrian campgrounds?

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Two high-quality equestrian campgrounds are the French Creek and Alkali Creek horse camps. These campgrounds are located in the Black Hills of South Dakota and offer access to dozens of trails from Bear Butte to Custer State Park.

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The French Creek Equestrian Campground is located in Custer State Park and is managed by the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks agency. The campground offers full camper hook-up facilities, and each campsite has its own specifically assigned corral. Additionally, camping cabins are available for rent.

The French Creek Horse Camp sits on the Centennial Trail, a 111-mile hiking and equestrian trail that traverses the length of the Black Hills from Bear Butte to the Wind Cave National Park. Wild American buffalo roam Custer State Park and often graze near the campground.

The Alkali Creek Horsecamp offers camping units, restrooms, picnic tables, fire rings and horse tie lines. While this campground is not as developed as the French Creek Campground, Alkali is located in the Fort Meade Recreation Area, an attractive area managed by the Bureau of Land Management. With access to the Centennial Trail, the Alkali Trailhead leads to miles of pristine horse trails. Riders planning to travel these trails should take plenty of water, as many of the small streams that run through the Fort Meade Recreational Area dry up during the summer months.

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