Waterfalls in South Dakota

by Katlyn Richter on April 5, 2010 · 0 comments

Falls of the Big Sioux River in the middle of Sioux Falls are a stunning site to see in eastern South Dakota – it is also an astonishing site to see since it is in the middle of the Great Plains! Each second, an average of 7,400 gallons of water drop 100 feet over the course of the falls. While visiting Falls Park be sure to check out the five-story observation tower to enjoy a breathtaking bird’s eye view of the Falls of the Big Sioux River.

Waterfalls are a beautiful site to see no matter what time of year you are exploring. However, in the spring in Spearfish Canyon you can see one of South Dakota’s most impressive sites – Bridal Veil Falls. The spring run-off causes Bridal Veil Falls to be at its peak flow rate providing maximum beauty. You can see this waterfall from Highway 14; there is also pullout area providing a chance to see the waterfall from outside your vehicle.

Just a few miles north of Bridal Veil Falls (follow the signs) is Roughlock Falls. This area is known as one of the most beautiful locations in the Black Hills. This area is perfect for wildlife viewing and fishing. There are hiking trails and picnic areas that surround Roughlock Falls.

 Although there are many caves and mines in the Black Hills area, Thunderhead Falls is unique among them – it is the only cave with a waterfall inside. It is not a natural waterfall. This waterfall is 10 miles west of Rapid City off Highway 44 West in central Black Hills. The history and story of this cave is not completely known, but locals speculate that early miners blasted a hole into Rapid Creek’s bed creating the existing waterfall.

 Cascade Falls is south of Hot Springs, SD off Highway 71. The beautiful blue/green water can be crossed by foot just above the falls. Swimming is allowed in the Cascade Falls area but not in the Cascade Spring.

 Come visit South Dakota’s waterfalls. The beauty of South Dakota’s waterfalls has been magnified this spring because of the spring runoff. Get out there, check them out, and post comments about your experience. Happy waterfalling!

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