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Custer National Forest

Custer National Forest © Forest Service Northern Region
Custer National Forest © Forest Service Northern Region

The Custer National Forest is scattered across Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota, but the forest headquarters are in Billings, Montana and most hiking and camping is undertaken in the part of the forest located about an hour's drive to the south of the city. Custer is the most ecologically diverse forest in the north of the USA, renowned for its lake and stream fishing and home to mountain goats, bighorn sheep, elk, mule deer, white-tailed deer, black bear, cougar and moose. A popular outing from Billings is to follow the spectacular Beartooth Scenic Byway, with the area being one of the gateways to Yellowstone National Park.

Website: www.fs.fed.us/r1/custer