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Needles Highway, South Dakota

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The Needles of the Black Hills of South Dakota are a region of eroded granite pillars, towers, and spires within Custer State Park. Popular with rock climbers and tourists alike, the Needles are accessed from the Needles Highway, which is a part of Sylvan Lake Road (SD 87/89). The Cathedral Spires and Limber Pine Natural Area, a 637-acre portion of the Needles containing six ridges of pillars as well as a disjunct stand of limber pine, was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1976.The Needles were the original site proposed for the Mount Rushmore carvings. The location was rejected by the sculptor Gutzon Borglum owing to the poor quality of the granite and the fact that they were too thin to support the sculptures. The Needles attract approximately 300,000 people annually.
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  • If you are on the fence on whether or not it is worth it, the answer is yes. If you like nature, natural rock formations, natural beauty just do it. You won't be disappointed. Roll down the window and...  more »
  • If you are anywhere near Needles Highway, DO NOT MISS THIS DRIVE!!! What a Great experience and the views are amazing. I just felt bad for my husband who had to watch the road more than the scenery. W...  more »
  • I was really surprised at how much you can do in this corner of South Dakota, apart from Mount Rushmore, and would have liked to have more time there. But you should not miss the Needles Highway, as w...  more »
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