“winding black hills beauty”
North of Rapid City near the town of Spearfish lays Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway—a stunning 19-mile cruise through towering limestone walls and dense deciduous forest. The road follows Spearfish Creek past historic Homestake Gold Mine hydroelectric plants and multiple waterfalls.
The views of the drive are great. There are three waterfalls which are fairly roadside or short hike. These are pretty.
In the middle of the bi-way is a stop for a hime called the Devil’s Washbasin. It’s a fantastic hike about a mile off the road along a creek bed culminating in a set of natural waterslides and waist-deep wading pools. We took kids and dogs and had a blast. It’s somewhat busy and requires some scrambling. Wear shoes that can get wet as there’s no way around the water. This was a great hike.
We got here too late in the day to see the Devil's Bathtub, but we saw plenty of families coming back from it. The views are spectacular regardless of how far you hike, even just from the road.
Beautiful drive, especially if you have a motorcycle! We did it in a car unfortunately, still beautiful, looks like pages from a log home magazine! Take it slow & enjoy the view!
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Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway
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