Scenic Byways

The Peter Norbeck and Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byways showcase 90 miles of the Black Hills' most scenic highways, although one will find that all roads in the Black Hills are scenic drives!

Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway

Spearfish Canyon CreekSpearfish Canyon Scenic Byway is renowned for its natural beauty and history framed by towering  limestone canyon walls.  It has a rich vegetation with four distinct plant regions.  This byway is the best place in the Black Hills to see waterfalls, such as Bridal Veil and Roughlock Falls.  Creeks run through the canyon, and many hiking trails are available for those who want to stray from the road.  The byway is a favorite fall color drive when the aspen changes in September. 

Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway follows an old railroad grade that was abandoned after massive flooding in 1933.  Old rail stops and mining camps include Savoy and Elmore. Spearfish Creek supports trout brought to the Black Hills from Colorado in 1899.

Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway

Named for South Dakota's former governor and US Senator, the Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway offers 70 miles of outstanding sights including Mount Rushmore, The Needles Highway, Iron Mountain Road and Custer State Park. Visitors may spot mountain goats, bison, deer, elk, bighorn sheep and turkey.

Cathedral Spires and Needles EyeFavorite spots along the Byway include the pigtail bridges, rock tunnels, Cathedral Spires, Needles Highway, and Sylvan Lake. Historic resorts include the State Game Lodge and Sylvan Lake Lodge. The Norbeck overlook provides views of Harney Peak and Mount Rushmore, and many lakes are near the byway. For those wishing to see more than the road can offer, the byway has several trailheads which lead into the backcountry of Norbeck Wildlife Preserve and Black Elk Wilderness.