Some people like to wear masks and hit each other with sticks and call if fencing. As for me, I am enjoying hiking. Hiking is an excuse to be outdoors surrounded by the smells and sounds of Mother nature. There’s something about being on the trail wherever I am, feeling the wind brush against my skin and the world seems to come to a standstill, that keeps me going back outside for more. This weekend I found a couple great local hikes near Spearfish, South Dakota.
If you don’t have much time to hike while you’re visiting Spearfish Canyon, I would like to encourage you to put Spearfish Falls on your list. At only ¾ mile long it isn’t too strenuous. The hike descends 110 feet of wide pathway. It is a wonderful place to stretch your legs while soaking in the beauty of the canyon floor. And this is just one of the waterfalls of Spearfish Canyon.
Across the street is parking for Roughlock Falls 1-mile Nature Trail that I took after getting warmed up on Spearfish Falls. (Warmed up is a relative term when the temperature was 28 degrees F.)
Roughlock would be a great place for wildlife enthusiast to hike. Located in Spearfish Canyon it’s considered one of the most beautiful locations in the Black Hills. This trail is easily-accessible and winds its way slowly to a breathtaking waterfall that flows into Spearfish Canyon from Little Spearfish.
Fun Trivia: Spearfish Canyon is where Dances with Wolves final winter scene took place. The site can be found just north of Roughlock Falls in the Black Hills National Forest.