Needles Eye
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A geological formation located in Custer State Park.
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daischop
Chattanooga, TN194 contributions
The price to visit Custer State Park is $24 dollars, which includes going to Sylvan Lake, the Needles and the Wildlife Loop.

Fortunately for us, we've been awakening super early in the mornings and was able to make it to the Needle's tunnel with not many people around us. Finding parking was easy along with taking the time to take photo's of the needle.

For those who complain about the amount of people at the Needles, adjust your time to hit it at a time when people are still sleeping.
Written June 21, 2020
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Heather B
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What a breathtaking beautiful drive. There is a small rock tunnel which only allows one car to pass at a time. Plenty of places to pull over and take photos. Sylvan Lake is located in Custer State Park and costs $20 to enter, but money well spent.
Written August 28, 2020
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MOTravelerken
Farmington, MO500 contributions
The Needles Highway is very neat. You can start at one end and finish the drive near Sylvan Lake or you can start at Sylvan Lake and go the other route. The Needles Eye is near Sylvan Lake so if you go to Sylvan Lake, I guess you could drive through the Needles eye and then just turn right back around and go back to the Lake without driving the entire Needles Highway. Such a neat area.
Written July 6, 2021
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Traveling Tourist
Murfreesboro, TN16 contributions
Needles Highway is an enjoyable scenic drive through/around Custer State Park.

We (my husband and I) started the 14 mile (+/-) highway at the top (near Sylvan lake). You’re almost immediately greeted with the spires that inspired that name of the highway.

Yes, it’s a high trafficked area. Yes, it’s a very busy spot, but it is worth stopping to take in.

There are two tunnels that must be passed through in order to drive the highway. Look up the height and width and then measure your vehicle because it’s a squeeze.

Once you pass the (if starting from the top) first tunnel the ‘needles’ stop. The rest of the drive is very scenic with chances to see a lot of breathing taking views and wildlife. When we hit the end of the highway we detoured into the small town of Custer; where we had one of the best burgers we have ever eaten at Burger and Bun Co. (at super affordable prices too!)
Written June 12, 2020
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Alan U
New Ulm, MN12 contributions
Experience South Dakota's Black Hills up close by driving the Needles Highway and stopping to view the Needles Eye. Located near a narrow tunnel, this colossal spire towers above the roadway and presents a photographic masterpiece to amaze and inspire. Young and old will appreciate the roadside trails which challenge climbers and offer views that make one thankful to be alive.
Written June 21, 2021
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Lisa Q
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Family
Amazing geological experience! But be prepared for a hair rising ride along steep mountain roads that are very narrow in places. My little Honda CRV had a struggle in some areas as it chugged along in 96 degree temperatures. But the views are worth it!
Written July 27, 2021
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traveler
Wisconsin Dells, WI296 contributions
Couples
15 mph for miles of hills will heat up your brakes. I was in 3rd or 4th gear for quite a few miles. Watched many vehicles ride their brakes the entire way. Why they want to speed thru this scenery and brake is beyond me.The highway is barely two lanes in places. Quite a few 15 mph hairpin turns. Pay attention to speed limits. Tunnels as narrow as 8' 0" wide. Seriously. Beautiful scenery, wildlife if you are in the right place at the right time. The entire trip is beautiful with mountains, forests and vistas. Worth every minute. It took about an hour.

Take your time, go slow and enjoy one of the best drives in the country followed by a drive thru Custer with it's buffalos.
Written October 4, 2020
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Suzy L
Lincolnton, NC230 contributions
This was by far a highlight of our trip. All 6 adults had this in their top 3 favorite places we visited in South Dakota/Wyoming. It really is hard to describe. Pictures can't even do it justice. Every time we made a turn we just kept saying WOW. I have never seen anything like it. As others have said it is a very narrow road and not all vehicle types will be able to make it through the tunnels. Take your time and make sure to stop at all the overlooks as none of them will disappoint. We traveled at the end of September which was nice because crowds were fairly low. We were able to travel the road at our own pace. Make sure to stop at Sylvan lake and go for a walk.
Written October 5, 2020
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Guillermo P
Miami, FL53 contributions
The drive is breathtaking as well as fun. There are 2 tunnels carved through the mountain stones that barely fit one car. Only one direction of traffic can go through the tunnel at any given time. There are multiple overlooks with awesome views.
Written August 7, 2021
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andrea123742
Palm Coast, FL36 contributions
Definitely drive Needles Highway. The scenery is beautiful and there are many pullovers to take pictures. There are many curves and when you go through the tunnels only one car can go through at a time. I would recommend driving it only on a beautiful sunny day.
Written June 6, 2022
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