Roughlock Falls Nature Area | Black Hills & Badlands - South Dakota

Roughlock Falls Nature Area

  • Roughlock Falls Nature Area

Its idyllic setting in a side canyon to Spearfish Canyon makes Roughlock Falls one of the Black Hills most beautiful areas and also one the area's most-photographed spots. Created by Little Spearfish Creek, the creek flows down a spectacular chasm, then tumbles off a 50-foot limestone ledge in a series of lacy cascades. 

Operated by SD Dept. of Game, Fish & Parks, there are shady picnic facilities and restrooms, along with trails, catwalks and amazingly designed viewing nodes. A popular destination for decades, the newly-improved walkways offer easy access to this wonderland. It is also known as one of the few places in where one can view the American Dipper, a rare bird that can both walk and swim under the cool, flowing waters.

Roughlock Falls is a day use area only; no overnight camping. Park entrance is not required.


Open year-round, day use only with limited access from Dec. 15 - Mar. 31

Winter Hours: 

Limited access from Dec. 15 - Mar. 31 as road from US Hwy 14A to Nature Area is closed except for snowmobiles. Trail from Spearfish Canyon Lodge is open year-round. 

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Spearfish Canyon
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Spearfish Canyon

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