Nature June 29, 2021
Cool Off This Summer With A Visit To These 6 South Dakota Waterfalls
South Dakotans are beginning to slowly melt, which can only mean one thing: Summer has reared its sunny head. Are you looking for creative ways to stay cool? If so, we recommend you chase these 6 South Dakota waterfalls, all of which are sure to keep you cool:
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life. While we continue to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, please take proper precautions or add them to your bucket list to see at a later date. If you know of a local business that could use some extra support during these times, please nominate them here:
1. Falls Park (Sioux Falls)
Quite possibly the best-known waterfall in the Mount Rushmore State is the iconic Falls Park, which just so happens also to be the state's tallest! Whether or not you decide to take the .4-mile trail, you will be treated to glorious views of the natural wonder, which drops an average of 7,400 gallons of water over 100 feet each second.
2. Bridal Veil Falls (Spearfish)
As its name implies, Bridal Veil Falls resembles that of a bride's veil, though this one spans an impressive 60 feet. To make it even more beautiful, the water is set amidst a pristine limestone backdrop, making for amazing photo opportunities.
3. Spearfish Falls (Spearfish)
If you are looking for a waterfall with a short and sweet hike, there is no better place to be than Spearfish's aptly-named Spearfish Falls. Featuring a stunning .75-mile trail, Spearfish Falls - like Bridal Veil Falls - is surrounded by a picture-perfect Black Hills landscape that is a favorite of locals and tourists alike.
4. Roughlock Falls (Spearfish)
ALSO located near Spearfish (are you noticing a pattern here?), Roughlock Falls is billed as one of the most visited areas in South Dakota and, for a good reason, as a can't-miss 2-mile out-and-back trail accompanies the waterfall. Trust us; you don't want to miss this one!
5. Cascade Falls (Hot Springs)
Make a huge splash this summer by cooling off at Cascade Falls, AKA the "Old Swimming Hole"! Located near Hot Springs, Cascade Falls boasts comfortable, 67-degree spring-fed water, plus a dainty waterfall that is perfect for sliding down or sitting on.
6. Devil's Gulch (Garretson)
Last but certainly not least is arguably South Dakota's most legendary waterfall, Devil's Gulch. As the story goes, Jesse James once robbed a bank and jumped from atop the pictured bridge into the cold water below, which helped him escape local law enforcement. (Psst... Be careful when you visit, as the Devil's Gulch is also alleged to be haunted by 2 lovers who allegedly died at the canyon and can still be seen and heard.)
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