Take in the sights and sounds of the northern Black Hills by visiting Spearfish.

Spearfish: Exploring the Northern Black Hills

Located in the northern Black Hills of South Dakota, Spearfish is surrounded by awe-inspiring nature and wildlife. The 19-mile Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway is one of many natural attractions around the town. See limestone cliffs, lush hillsides, flowing mountain streams and beautiful waterfalls (and don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for mountain goats, deer and other furry critters) while hiking the region’s various trails.

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Spearfish is the perfect destination for outdoor enthusiasts and nature-lovers. Watch our video detailing how you can spend time on your next visit. 

The Spearfish Canyon area boasts some of the best fly-fishing opportunities in all of South Dakota, with multiple pools and rapids along Spearfish Creek. It also boasts a bounty of hiking and biking trails, providing numerous opportunities to take in the sights and sounds of the Black Hills. Stop at these viewing points to see some of the most beautiful spots in the entire country.

Discover Roughlock Falls.

Roughlock Falls

If you're exploring Spearfish Canyon, you can find Roughlock Falls, a scenic multi-tiered waterfall. The area surrounding the falls is perfect for sightseeing, hiking, birdwatching, wildlife viewing and picnicking — and be sure to have your camera ready to snap the picture-perfect views. 

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Snap a pic of Bridal Veil Falls.

Bridal Veil Falls

If you're driving through Spearfish Canyon, you'll want to pull over for Bridal Veil Falls. The 60-foot water fall, approximately 5.8 miles south of the north entrance to Spearfish Canyon, is a must for sightseers. A small wooden observation platform gives visitors incredible views and fantastic photo ops.

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Learn about American fish hatcheries at D.C. Booth National Historic Fish Hatchery.

D.C. Booth National Historic Fish Hatchery

Discover the history of American fish hatcheries at the D.C. Booth National Historic Fish Hatchery. Explore 10 acres of ponds, water systems and historic buildings to learn about hatchery operations. Unique exhibits like the Rail Car, the Yellowstone Boat and underwater viewing windows make this a must-see attraction. 

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Crow Peak

Crow Peak

Climbing to an elevation of 5,760 feet, the trek to the summit of Crow Peak is what many avid hikers consider to be among the best hikes in the Black Hills. The 3.5-mile ascent to the top is rigorous, but you'll be rewarded with amazing vistas of the surrounding terrain – and, perhaps, a pint or two at nearby Crow Peak Brewing Co.

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See what amazing things await in Spearfish and nearby Spearfish Canyon
Spearfish Canyon is one of the areas biggest attractions. From hiking to fly-fishing, there's all sorts of adventures at Spearfish Canyon.
Plan Your Visit

The laid-back vibes, access to so much of the Black Hills National Forest, amazing restaurants and breweries — they're what make no two trips to Spearfish alike. 

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PLACES to Stay near spearfish

Whether you're looking for a hotel outfitted with all the amenities or a rustic lodge steps away from the trailhead, you've got plenty of options here.


Where to Eat and Drink 

You'll find dozens of restaurants here and a local craft beer scene that never disappoints. An abundance of coffee houses ensures your day on the trail will be well-fueled. 


What to See and Do Nearby

Spearfish is your gateway to all the adventures of the northern Black Hills. Trails with stunning vistas are the star here – and there are adventures for hikers and mountain bikers of every skill level.


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From a scenic hike packed with pleasant surprises to an evening spent savoring wine on a breezy patio, see what a day in Spearfish has in store for you.

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