Towering limestone cliffs and a rushing mountain stream keep you company along the 20-mile stretch of US Highway 14A known as Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway.
Gently climbing from the town of Spearfish on the northern edge of the Black Hills, this canyon is one of the gateways into the heart of the ancient mountain range. Spruce, pine, aspen, birch and oak cling to the hillsides. Spearfish Creek flows along the canyon bottom and the scenic byway follows the natural contours of the creek.
Stunning Bridal Veil Falls cascades down a sheer 60-foot cliff right alongside the road. A small wooden viewing platform makes it a definite photo stop for many travelers.
Impressive views unveil themselves around every corner as you wind through the canyon on your way to Savoy, home of Spearfish Canyon Lodge and the Latchstring Inn restaurant. Two breathtaking waterfalls are within an easy hike from here.
Literally almost falling out of the Latchstring Inn parking lot, Spearfish Falls drops into a lush forested area reached by a short hiking trail. From Spearfish Canyon Lodge, a smooth walking trail or the graveled Forest Service Road 222 lead to Roughlock Falls. Viewing areas above and below the falls give you several options to take in the beauty.
Fly fishermen will be drooling over the incredibly scenic pools and rapids all along the creek. It is a rare trip through the canyon when several aren’t seen trying their luck for high-country trout.
Autumn adds another layer of splendor to Spearfish Canyon with yellow aspen and birch leaves providing most of the color in this pine-filled forest. The scenic byway is especially popular at this time of year.
Including times for stopping and taking in the scenery, allow plenty of time to cruise the Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway.