Everyone knows South Dakota for its iconic landmarks and important history, but few realize that we also have an ample amount of waterfalls. If this is you (or if you just really love waterfalls and want to see as many as you can in one stretch), it’s time to gas up the car, grab your friends, and take this waterfall road trip in South Dakota. (Check out the link to our interactive map.)

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These perfect waterfalls are reason enough to hit the road today (or to plan a summer road trip). The best part is you can enjoy all of these waterfalls in one quick weekend getaway! What other scenic stops would you add to this waterfall road trip in South Dakota?

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Best Waterfalls in South Dakota

What is the best waterfall hike in South Dakota? 

 

Do you like your hikes to be short and sweet, but with a major payoff? Then you will want to visit the previously mentioned Bridal Veil Falls, which is located just off the highway and is considered to be one of the most easily accessible waterfalls in South Dakota! Do you want something a bit more grueling? We recommend (the also previously mentioned) Roughlock Falls, which is made up of a 2.1-mile out-and-back trail.

What is Sioux Falls in South Dakota like? 

  • Whether you are talking about the city or the falls themselves, Sioux Falls in South Dakota is a must-see! In terms of the waterfall, Falls Park is a jaw-dropping spectacle, as it covers 123 acres, drops an amazing 7,400 gallons of water per second, and sits at over 100 feet tall. If you are referring to the city itself, you are in for a treat, as this SoDak community is chock full of shops, restaurants, museums, theaters, and friendly residents you will want to meet.

 

What are the best waterfalls near Mount Rushmore? 

As if Mount Rushmore wasn't enough on its own, it is also close to a handful of beautiful waterfalls in South Dakota, including:

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