For something as simple as water cascading from one level to the next, waterfalls can be utterly gorgeous in every aspect. There is something calming about watching the glistening water drop and hearing the sound as it hits the waiting water below. South Dakota has many perfectly picturesque waterfalls that can easily take your breath away. These six are prime examples of just that.
1. Bridal Veil Falls
The name for this 60ft waterfall comes obviously. The way the water sprays over the rocks looks like a white bridal veil and it is simply gorgeous. It is part of Spearfish Canyon, but it isn't the only one in the canyon. There is also...
2. Spearfish Falls
Water from the Spearfish Creek cascades 47ft in a spectacular fashion at Spearfish Falls. At one point, it was one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Black Hills over a century ago. Today, you can still visit the beautiful falls and see their beauty for yourself.
3. Roughlock Falls
Adjacent to the Spearfish Canyon is another carved chasm that features many gorgeous waterfalls falling down its rocks. It is definitely understandable why it's one of the most photographed places in the Black Hills, and with the easily accessible trails along the way, you can't pass up bringing your camera to this spot to get some of your own shots.
4. Another area of Roughlock Falls
There are so many falls to see in that canyon, you really have to visit it yourself to get the true experience. Trust me - it is absolutely worth it!
5. Thunderhead Falls
After making its way out of the dark of a former gold mine, Thunderhead Falls rushes out into the day light and creates some beautiful falls both within and outside of the mountain. It is located just 10 miles outside of Rapid City. If you want to, you can go into the actual mine to see where it drops from the ceiling on the route outside, or you can just see them from outside. Either way, it's pretty impressive!
6. Cascade Falls
These delightful falls drop into a popular swimming hole near Hot Springs. The name of the place is fitting as the water is always warm. It serves as one of South Dakota's oldest swimming holes and is still open for use today. With the soft murmur of the falls in the background and comfortably warm water, Cascade Falls beats a pool any day!
I think I’ve got a bucket list for this summer now – I need to see ALL of these! How many of these have you visited before?