The 20 miles of Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway show onlookers many pristine natural wonders. Included in these wonders are three stunning waterfalls: Bridal Veil Falls, Roughlock Falls and Spearfish Falls. Bridal Veil Falls are visible from the road and the road to Roughlock Falls is marked with a sign near the Spearfish Canyon Lodge. However, many sightseers miss Spearfish Falls altogether, which is a shame because these falls are my favorite of the three.
Spearfish Falls can be found by walking to either side of the Latchstring Inn Restaurant and following the trail—which will be clearly visible. This trail is known as the Spearfish Falls Trail, and it loops from the restaurant, down to the falls and back to the restaurant. The entire loop is only about ¾ mile.
What makes Spearfish Falls my favorite of the three is the vantage point—in a clearing among a forest of towering Aspen and Birch trees. Once you’ve hiked down to it you are so close that you can feel the spray of mist from the falls. You’ll be at the bottom of the falls and will be able to see the rush of water pouring over the ledge above. It’s a spectacular sight to see.
-Jill Broecher of Visit Spearfish, Inc.