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Roughlock Falls Nature Area

Roughlock Falls

The Roughlock Falls Nature Area is located in Spearfish Canyon and is considered one of the most beautiful locations in the Black Hills. The water feeding Roughlock Falls flows into Spearfish Canyon from Little Spearfish Creek. Spearfish Canyon highlights an outdoor wonder that is impressive and unique to the Black Hills.

Recreational Opportunities

Roughlock Falls is spectacular to view and photograph. Designated walking paths and hiking trails provide the opportunity to explore the area. Bird watching, wildlife viewing, fishing and picnicking can all be enjoyed in the nature area. Roughlock Falls is one of the few places in the Black Hills to observe the rare American Dipper, a bird that can both walk and swim under water.

Restrictions / Safety

DOT Road Report

Roughlock Falls Nature Area

Email: RoughlockFalls@state.sd.us

GPS Coordinates

Lat: 44.349956
Long: -103.9




    • Picnic Tables
    • Vault toilets


    Fishing License Required

    • Brown Trout
    • Brook Trout

    ADA / Accessible

    • Hiking trail


    Park Specs

    • Open: Year-round, day use only
    • Winter Access: The road from Savoy to Roughlock Falls is closed in the winter. This road is a snowmobile trail from Dec. 15 through March 31. Trail from Spearfish Canyon Lodge to Roughlock Falls is open year-round. Use at your own risk.


    Western South Dakota: 1 mile west from the Scenic Byway at Savoy on FDR 222 in Spearfish Canyon


    Location Map

    Area Attractions

    • Little Spearfish Fall
    • Bridal Veil Falls

    Nearest Towns



    No entrance fee required.