Needles highway is aptly named for the many needle like formations that abound in the park. The needles eye is the most impressive of all.
It is such a beautiful drive through the forest with the spectacular rock formations. Start at Spring Creek and go south then head east over to Iron Mountain Road which is also very scenic. As you travel north on IMR watch for view points of Mount Rushmore. Also walk the Cathedral Spires Trail on the Needles Highway
We were unable to go through the Needles due to a snow storm the week before. But have been through there every trip to the hills. If you have not been there it is a must to see to be driving through the needles.
Think we did every hair pin curve and pigtail curves on the road to see Needles Eye.The rock formations along the drive were huge and you had to wait your turn to go thru the tunnels,only one vehicle could go thru at a time.They have a parking area that you can get out and take pictures of the Needles Eye... More
If you visit Custer State Park, ABSOLUTELY drive the Needles Highway! A narrow 2 lane road that winds around the spires and peaks and through tree-sheltered lanes, you'll pass through narrow tunnels that JUST fit your car's width. It's a short journey if you don't stop, but take your time, pull over to the side of the road, check out... More
Needles Eye in Custer State Park is inspiring in degrees as to how far from a Metropolis you travel on a regular basis. We toured the park on two separate days so we wouldn't become blasé about the strange rock formations and scenery. Living my whole life on the East Coast the views where remarkable. I suggest everyone who can... More
This road isn't as long as you think but what a beautiful drive. Also, a bit of adventure going through the needle especially if you are on a bus. A bit of a tight squeeze and no signals so everybody needs to be on their best behavior and be polite in taking turns each direction to go through the needle.... More
A drive through the Needles Highway is worth the 1 or 2 hours it takes. It is a slower drive but many awesome views! Once you have your Custer State Park sticker which there is a cost you do not have to pay extra for the Needles drive.
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