Harding County, the extreme northwestern county of SD, has an area of 2,682 square miles. It is almost square, being approx. 54 by 51 miles. The greater part of the county is rolling prairie, but there are also numerous high rocky buttes and mesas.
Buffalo is the county seat of Harding County, with a population of approximately 400 friendly people. The county population is about 1,250. Other small towns in Harding County include Camp Crook, Ludlow, Reva and Redig where you can obtain food and gas. Buffalo also has several business establishments, a motel and the area is served by the county’s only newspaper, the Nation’s Center News.
Tourist attractions in the surrounding Buffalo area include a number of scenic natural attractions, with rugged pine clad hills rising abruptly from the prairie. Most of these places are easily accessible and local inquiry may provide side trips well worthwhile to travelers.
The most important are the North and South Cave Hills in the north, the East and West Short Pine Hills in the southwest, and the Slim Buttes in the east. These hills are timbered with ponderosa pine and cedar and contain many springs. Canyons are timbered with deciduous trees. Several camping and picnic spots are maintained in the Custer National Forests of these areas, for the use of the public.
Gardner Lake, which is five miles west of Buffalo, is the largest of the artificial lakes and dams. Game, Fish and Parks has stocked various lakes with bass, walleye, perch and blue gills to provide fishing. The rugged Jump-Off Badlands area 12 miles southwest of Buffalo may be reached easily from Highway 20 and is similar to the South Dakota Badlands.