Black Hills Nationwide Forest prepared for tenting season

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RAPID CITY, SD — Warmer weather and the greening of the Black Hills may have some people ready to camp. The time is here right now.

The Forest Service opens its campgrounds for the season this Friday. Forest Recreation Management has been hard at work preparing campgrounds and hiring campground hosts.

In recent years, the forest service has seen a 20 to 30 percent increase in campers. It is therefore advisable to reserve a campsite as early as possible.

Scott Jacobson, Public Affairs for the Black Hills National Forest, says: “If people want to get reservations for the campgrounds, they have to go to recreation.gov, and reservations can be made there. I would say earlier is better.”

The Forest Service has 30 campgrounds in the Black Hills National Forest with over 700 sites. Campfires are permitted on premises with approved fire pits, however, out of state wood is not permitted.