December 2, 2017 -- Needles Highway
A scenic shot along the Needles Highway in Custer State Park (Black Hills) South Dakota.
The Needles Highway is a 14-mile spectacular drive through pine and spruce forests, meadows surrounded by birch and aspen, and rugged granite mountains of the Black Hills in South Dakota. The road’s name comes from the needle-like granite formations that seem pierce the horizon all along the highway. The roadway was carefully planned by former South Dakota Governor Peter Norbeck, who marked the entire course on foot and by horseback, with construction completed in 1922. Needles Highway and the Iron Mountain Road (a 17-mile stretch of Highway 16A) are part othe the Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway in the Black Hills.
I have driven hundreds of thousands of all kinds of roads all over the U.S. in my many years driving & travel, but must say the Needles Highway & Iron Mountain Road are among the most unusual and captivating roads in America ….….. you just have to drive them to believe it. In my opinion, much of what you might read on “the web” about these roads is somewhat overstated as to their danger, but they certainly are unique.
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