During the warm days of summer, I think that the Sylvan Lake area is the best place to stay in the Black Hills if you are coming here on vacation. The original Sylvan Lake Lodge was built on the banks of Sylvan Lake in Custer State Park. The trail we hike on when heading toward the climbing area around the lake was originally a carriage road that lead to the original lodge. The current lodge was built in 1937 after a catastrophic fire burnt the original lodge to the ground. You will also find many of the Black hills finest cabins surrounding the lodge, and staying there is a perfect way to vacation in the Black Hills.
I believe 2017 was the first year for the new Cathedral Spires “Cabin” (which has enough room for you and all your siblings in its 2952 square foot area) was open for guest to stay at. All the other cabins have also been renovated to have modern amenities. It is really a top notch place to stay.
The dining room in Sylvan Lake Lodge serves a great selection from breakfast through dinner and most afternoons and evenings during the summer, the patio is a great place to enjoy drinks after rock climbing.
Its about 9 miles from Hill City, and 7 miles from Custer, SD right on the scenic Byway atop Needles Highway so you are very close to many great attractions.
From the lodge and cabins you can climb with Sylvan Rocks Climbing School, hike Black Elk Peak (formerly Harney Peak), fish in Sylvan Lake and enjoy fine dining without ever starting your car. Now that’s a vacation to remember!