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  • Lead Roughlock Falls State Nature Area South Dakota
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Roughlock Falls State Nature Area in Lead, SD

Part of the Spearfish Canyon nature area, Roughlock Falls includes nature trails with spectacular waterfall views along Little Spearfish Creek, picnic areas birdwatching and wildlife viewing, fishing and year-round access for hiking and snowshoeing. A trail system connects the Roughlock Falls viewing area with Spearfish Falls and the Savoy Pond Area. The 22-mile Spearfish Canyon National Scenic Byway provides access to Cheyenne Crossing, a historic stage stops nearby Lead, South Dakota.


Prices -

No entrance fees.

Hours -

Day use only.


  • Hiking
  • Fishing
  • Birdwatching
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Foliage Viewing
  • Snowshoeing


  • What’s the most popular sight at the Roughlock Falls State Nature Area?

    The Roughlock waterfalls are one of the main highlights of the nature and ADA-accessible trails in the the Roughlock Falls State Nature area.
  • What kind of wildlife can I see near the at the Roughlock Falls State Nature Area?

    The rare American Dipper, a stocky gray bird is often spotted swimming or walking on the stream bottom.

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