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Needles Eye, Custer
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Situated among pointed geological formations that resemble needles and spires, Needles Eye is the main attraction along Needles Highway within Custer State Park. Look for this 10 m (35 ft) tall granite formation with a slit in it, created through centuries of erosion of soft sediment by wind, rain, thawing, and freezing. The rock's shape attracts photographers, and together with the other rock formations nearby, it has become a popular rock climbing spot. If you are a climber, do so cautiously; many accidents have occurred on this rock. To visit Needles Eye and other attractions in Custer, use our Custer trip builder.
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  • As are name suggests (needle eye) you will come across on this road in altitude of amazing rocks dug by erosion that give you the impression of seeing the eye of a needle. Very beautiful scenery at every turn and a stunning view of Mount Rushmore to a bend when exiting a tunnel. Not to be missed
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  • Needles Eye is a great example of nature's beauty. But even more beautiful are the views on the way here on the Needles Highway. A must see. 
  • We were at the park during the off season but it was still difficult to find a parking spot to pull over and view the Needles Eye. I pulled off to the side and my husband walked back to view and take ...  more »