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Address: Spearfish, SD
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This scenic 19-mile drive in the Black Hills that passes cliffs, waterfalls...

This scenic 19-mile drive in the Black Hills that passes cliffs, waterfalls and the Spearfish Creek gives one the feeling they are in the rainforest.

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Great drive in the fall

This is a great drive in fall stop in Deadwood or Spearfish to eat or pack a picnic lunch Fall is the best time for this drive. Don't forget to stop in at the Spearfish fish... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a great drive in fall stop in Deadwood or Spearfish to eat or pack a picnic lunch Fall is the best time for this drive. Don't forget to stop in at the Spearfish fish hatchery. Nice fun activity on a weekend. I would use cation if doing this the first full week in August do to the Sturgis... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are in the Spearfish, South Dakota area try to make time for a drive through Spearfish Canyon. It was difficult to keep my eyes on the road and off the gorgeous scenery! The tall narrow cliffs are breathtaking. If you have time stop and take the short hikes to several beautiful waterfalls as well. Best of all it's... More 

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Chelsea, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

One of the best motorcycle roads in the country! Views are spectacular and the road is in excellent shape.

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Annapolis
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2016

Spent a half day driving and hiking in Spearfish Canyon in late September. Beautiful sights. Definitely get out of the car and hike the short trails and see the waterfalls. The hike up to the overview of the canyon was worth it. Wish I had stayed at the Spearfish Canyon Lodge.

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Boulder, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2016

The drive is very scenic. Being from Colorado I would have thought I was back home. Road is curvy but easily driven. Lots of places to stop and take in the views.

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Montrose, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2016

Whoever is driving has to have 2 eyes on the road, but you need another 2 eyes for some of the most dramatic natural scenery ever. Those craggy peaks against a gorgeous October blue sky, and the river you parallel are incredible.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2016

Arrowhead, sharp peaks provide the perimeters for this canyon displaying the various levels of rock determined by millenia of residue collectives. The story of the history of our earth in plain sight for all to enjoy. Rivers, lakes, flora, fauna abound. A wonderful capsule of answers to the mystery of evolution. Great for all, kids included.

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Sioux City, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2016

the drive is super gorgeous and the ops for hiking are everywhere. this is a great day trip for anyone interested in seeing some waterfalls and just checking out alongside road mini hikes (many are less than 3 miles round trip).

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harrisburg, PA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016

Very pretty drive. In 2016 the peak was the last week of September. I called the Spearfish Canyon Lodge to get info on the best time to see the leaves and they were very nice to give me that info. There are areas to pull off the road for pictures or just to take in all that beauty. Stop for... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2016

Take this drive in the black hills of South dakota in the Fall to see breathtaking views waterfalls creeks and great road side stope for a picnic

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