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

Roughlock Falls Nature Area

  • Roughlock Falls Nature Area

Roughlock Falls Nature Area is a serene and picturesque spot located in the northern Black Hills, just a short drive from Spearfish. This tranquil oasis features a stunning waterfall and an abundance of natural beauty, offering visitors the chance to escape into nature and experience the beauty of the Black Hills.

The Falls

Take in the beauty of Roughlock Falls, a stunning waterfall that cascades over a series of rocks and boulders amid the lush greenery of the surrounding forest. With a bridge situated to glimpse the top,


Enjoy the natural surroundings with a hike through Roughlock Falls Nature Area. With several miles of hiking trails that take visitors through the woods and offer sweeping views of the surrounding landscape, this nature preserve is an ideal location for hiking, nature walks and bird watching.


With its lush greenery and stunning waterfall, Roughlock Falls Nature Area is a haven for photographers of all skill levels. Capture the beauty of the surrounding landscape, including the waterfall itself, as well as the vibrant flora and fauna that can be found throughout the park.

Picnicking & Relaxation

Take a picnic and enjoy a leisurely lunch surrounded by the beauty and serenity of nature. Roughlock Falls Nature Area offers several picnic areas where you can dine al fresco or simply relax and enjoy the sounds of the wilderness.

Whether you're an avid nature enthusiast or simply looking for a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, Roughlock Falls Nature Area offers something for visitors of all ages. Plan a visit today and experience the beauty and serenity of this hidden gem in the northern Black Hills.


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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Things to See and Do at Roughlock Falls Nature Area

Spearfish Canyon
Point of Interest

Spearfish Canyon

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