Spearfish Falls

South Dakota 57754 USA

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“in scenic spearfish canyon!”

Spearfish Falls was actually one of the most popular tourist stops in the northern Black Hills around the beginning of the 19th century when a Burlington Railroad line took passengers directly over it, parts of which can still be found on the trail today. The trail to this 47 ft waterfall starts at the parking lot for the Latchstring Restaurant and is roughly 3/4 in length. Note that while the path to the left is easy, the one to the right of the restaurant is more difficult but does include a sweet traverse over an old metal walking bridge. Interestingly enough, in 1917, this waterfall was actually turned off for awhile as water was diverted from Spearfish Creek to a nearby hydroelectric plant that helped power operations at Homestake Gold Mine until November 17, 2003. For this reason, Spearfish Falls is one of the lesser-known waterfalls that often gets passed by even today.

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Reviewed by
Bethel Family

  • 25 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
August 03, 2021
Rated 2.0

Good spot to stretch your legs quickly of you were going through.

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Chad Francis

  • 8 Reviews
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July 19, 2021
Rated 4.0

Not particularly spectacular or picturesque, but certainly worth the short hike. Suggest stopping in to the adjacent Latchstring Restaurant before/after. Good food and service :)

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Spearfish Falls

South Dakota
57754 USA

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