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Harding County: Ecologically Diverse


PIERRE, S.D. – Bordering North Dakota and Montana in the state’s northwestern corner, Harding County offers some of the most unique scenery in the region. The communities of Buffalo, Camp Crook, Redig, Reva, Ralph, Ludlow, Ladner and Harding are scattered throughout the county’s landscape.

Uncover the beauty of Custer National Forest in Harding County. Stretching from the northeast corner of Yellowstone National Park into the northwest corner of South Dakota, Custer National Forest is recognized as the most diverse and widespread forest in the entire National Forest Service System and is often called the “islands of green in a sea of rolling prairie.” This description fits the portrait of ponderosa pine hills that rise above the vast grasslands spanning Harding County. The area is recognized for excellent game hunting.

While exploring Custer National Forest, be sure to visit the Castles, a massive limestone uplift that resembles a medieval castle. The Castles are located in the Slim Buttes Unit in South Dakota and are classified as a National Landmark. This natural wonder also serves as a habitat for one of North America’s largest populations of Merlin falcons.

The Uniquely South Dakota series is a project of the South Dakota Office of Tourism designed to highlight unique aspects and attractions in each of South Dakota’s 66 counties. This profile was researched and compiled by Shayla Waugh, public relations intern for the Office of Tourism.


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