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Beautiful scenery!

The scenery was amazing. Lots of great pictures. Even got to watch an RV America rental squeeze... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
DebbieN2727
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Custer, South Dakota
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Don’t blink or you’ll miss it!

If you drive the needles scenic highway the two tight tunnels are on the Sylvan lake end of the... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
CandyMissouri2014
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Hillsboro, Missouri
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A geological formation located in Custer State Park.
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  • Very good16%
  • Average1%
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The scenery was amazing. Lots of great pictures. Even got to watch an RV America rental squeeze through!

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

If you drive the needles scenic highway the two tight tunnels are on the Sylvan lake end of the drive. Be sure to park and get out of your car and walk around or you won’t see the needle eye in the rock spires. It’s...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

Loved exploring this scenic highway while staying at Custer State Park! Amazing views and couldn't have been more convenient!

Thank Betsy M
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Drove Needles Highway from both ends. Loved the small tunnels and the one particular one that was so tight we had to pull the side mirrors in to make it through. No wide loads through there! The rock formations were amazing and we got some...More

Thank Precept123
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Wow, Needles Highway (Hwy 87) is an incredible drive. Lots of tight tunnels and beautiful needle rocks along the way. The needles Eye and the tunnel next to it is the best part of the drive. Lots of tight spots so be careful if you...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

My husband & I travel around in our motorhome & see a lot of state parks. Custer is by far my favorite!! I loved all the wildlife & beautiful scenery. Needles eye is named from a rock that actually formed a “needle eye.” When you...More

Thank Maggie D
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Needle's Eye rock formations and tunnelare one of the must-see spots in Custer State Park, located along the many twists and turns of Needles Highway. Just southeast of Sylvan Lake, along Highway 87, this area is well worth the stop. And be sure to...More

Thank bobca1947
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This has been a favorite of all our kids and grandkids for climbing around on the rocks across the street from the eye. Pretty cool to climb up and look down on the tunnel where the cars are coming through.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Now I need to get the tee shirt. I am from an area that has curvy windy roads so the drive didn't bother me. But if you are a cautious and timid driver you may not want to drive the Needles Hwy, Also, I drove...More

Thank Gayle F
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Travelled from sylvan lakes along needles highway to wildlife loop road. Spectacular rock formations which you can clamber all over.Relatively quiet spot even in high season

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janet w
June 26, 2017|
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Depending on your timing there is a rest area by the missiour river near Pierre sd that is a beautiful stop & view. Then u have wall drug & the badlands. Once you reach rapid city there is flintstone villiage on the road to... More
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_lucyglover55
January 14, 2017|
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Ride it whenever you can if you are passing through. Did the trip last week in June on my Wing accompanied by my brother on his wing. There was not much traffic. Optimum time would be spring/fall outside of the school... More
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tina r
June 28, 2016|
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My brother had his dog with: make note of the leash requirements in custer state park. The beaches are little more restrictive then the camp areas.
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