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Roughlock Falls Nature Area

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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.

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.

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  • Birdwatching
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Snowmobiling
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  • Annual: Park entrance license not required
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Park Specs

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


1 mile west from the Scenic Byway at Savoy on FDR 222 in Spearfish Canyon

Nearest Town: Spearfish, Lead

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Contact Info

Roughlock Falls Nature Area
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  • Picnic Tables
  • Vault toilets
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Park Rating

ADA / Accessible

  • Hiking Trails
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GPS Coordinates

Latitude: 44.34996
Longitude: -103.9443
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