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Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway

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Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway Review

The easiest way to get from Deadwood to Rapid City is east through Boulder Canyon on U.S. 14A. However, it's worth looping north and taking the long way around on this 20-mi scenic route past 1,000-foot limestone cliffs and some of the most breathtaking scenery in the region. Cascading waterfalls quench the thirst of quaking aspen, gnarled oaks, sweet-smelling spruce, and the ubiquitous ponderosa pine. The canyon is home to deer, mountain goats, porcupines, and bobcats. Near its middle is the old sawmill town of Savoy, a jumping-off point for scenic hikes to Spearfish Falls and Roughlock Falls. In fall, changing leaves rival any found in New England.

Updated: 11-25-2013

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    Worth the drive up to the Northern Slopes of the Black Hills. Waterfalls, a scenic canyon road, even more scenic creek and meadow trail, and beautiful vegetation all around.

    Best toured from Spearfish itself and going uphill (south). It has flora unique to that part of the Black Hills.

    There are three waterfalls, one better than the other, with virtually no hiking. Bridleview Falls by the side of the road comes first, then at Savoy a short trail up to Roughlook Falls. It can be reached by the road, but the trail is easy and the stream and meadow views worth the minimal effort envolved.
    The third falls is spectacular, Spearfish Falls, but not obvious. It is not to be missed. The trail starts at the loadge and East side of the restaurant parking, takes some looking for the meager sign, but again, a not-to-be missed place to go.
    Who knew? We thought we would just take a side drive on our way up to Deadwood (also a fun place to go), but we were very pleasantly suprised by Spearfish.

    Pick a sunny day to go, if you can.

    by bmkmd, 10/18/09

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