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Spearfish Canyon

Spearfish, SD
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Ranked #2 of 14 attractions in Spearfish
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Scenic Drives, Canyons
Activities: Driving, Hiking
Traveler Description: Spearfish Canyon is a beautiful attraction to the Northern Hills area of South Dakota. Not only is this 19 mile stretch of road a tourist paradise... more »
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69 reviews 69 reviews
21 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

The Black hills region of South Dakota takes a backseat to nowhere on the continent as far as sheer beauty goes. As a matter of fact, we do not know of a place with more attractions packed into a small area than this. ( Ok, except Disney World, LOL ) One of our perennial favorites here is Spearfish Canyon. The... More

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Forest City, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

I visited Wikiup Cabins as a child and couldn't wait to take my family there. The hosts were very hospitable and accommodating. It was so refreshing to come back to a place that was serene and peaceful following a visit to the commercialized mecca of Mt. Rushmore, Keystone, Hill City, etc. The cabins are rustic, but who doesn't love that??... More

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St. Louis
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54 reviews 54 reviews
27 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

We did enjoy our drive through Spearfish, however, after taking in much of the other South Dakota scenery, this wasn't as high on my list. If you have time, I would still recommend visiting, but I would not put it over the badlands, Rushmore or Custer Park. The waterfalls are pretty, but it was crowded with everyone trying to take... More

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Davenport, Iowa
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

This was one of the highlights of our trip. We packed a picnic lunch and ate at one of the large picnic tables tucked back behind some trees. Several Black-headed Grosbeak birds visited our table. We walked to Roughlock Falls and down the trail a bit. Driving on down the road, we had to watch for the signs for Bridal... More

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Winnipeg, Canada
20 reviews 20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Highly recommended - trek to Devils Bathtub (turn off at Cleopatra Place, half hour hike on unmarked trail), Roughlock Falls (widely considered one of the most beautiful locations in the Black Hills and where cinematographers for the motion picture "Dances with Wolves" decided to shoot its final scenes), Bridal Veil Falls, Spearfish Canyon Lodge for dinner, Cheyenne Crossing store for... More

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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

This drive is absolutely breathtaking!! The views are so majestic! Roll down the windows and inhale the clean fresh air!! A gotta do!!

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Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
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35 reviews 35 reviews
16 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Stop and take the hike down into the woods in this area. It is about a mile walk, some a little steep, and is a nice break from the city. The waterfall is about halfway through the area and the mist rolls over you from the water pool and cools you off. Very nice!!

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Brandon, South Dakota
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

I recommend hiking the 76 trail. Its step but only 1.5 miles round trip. I wore tennis shoes but recommend hiking boots if you have them. Beautiful view from the top.

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Kerrville, Texas
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87 reviews 87 reviews
33 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

19 miles @ 35 miles per hour. A great way to slow down and smell the roses, uhhh wildflowers, see the water falls, mountainsides and rocks. Plenty of pullouts and room to visit the falls. Great for picture taking. Easy access to the sites and plenty of hiking trails to the falls if you are energetic. We will return to... More

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Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Do not miss the opportunity to drive this canyon. This place is more stunning and awe inspiring than the Grand Canyon. Additionally, make the effort to go see Roughlock falls. Exquisite

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