FUN-travel: Black Hills, SD – Needles Highway

August 9, 2018 by  

Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway – 3rd leg – Needles Highway

  • Yet another windy road…

…weaves through Custer State Park…

…deemed “impossible” to construct by its critics…

…was completed in 1922…

…& includes 14 miles of sharp turns…

…low tunnels…

…impressive tall granite peaks & spires…

…aka needles…

…which makes for lots of crazy rock formations…

…& epic landscapes…

…incredibly spectacular…

…& my #1 favorite drive on this trip!

  • The most famous part of the drive…

…the Needle Eye Tunnel…

…is one-way tunnel only  8′ 4″ wide by 12′ high.

FUN-fact – The roadway was carefully planned by former South Dakota Governor Peter Norbeck, who marked the entire course on foot and by horseback.

 

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