Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway

Custer, South Dakota

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A 70-mile double-loop drive in the heart of South Dakota’s Black Hills. The Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway traverses a wonderfully diverse region of the Black Hills. The highways are paved; traffic is moderately heavy and moves quite slowly due to the narrow, winding character of the roads. Special attractions: Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Custer State Park, lakes, geologic formations, Black Elk Wilderness. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.

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"A 70-mile double-loop drive in the heart of South Dakota’s Black Hills. The Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway traverses a wonderfully diverse region of the Black Hills. The highways are paved; traffic is moderately heavy and moves quite slowly due to the narrow, winding character of the roads.

Special attractions: Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Custer State Park, lakes, geologic formations, Black Elk Wilderness. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more."

Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Custer
Distance: 70
Season: Mostly year-round, with some sections closed from December through March
Local Contacts: Black Hills National Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway

Recent Trail Reviews

5/31/2003
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I've taken this drive before in the summer, so I was pleasantly surprised to find that in late spring, it's relatively uncrowded. A word of advice: Custer SP charges $5 per person to enter the park, which can get pretty pricey if you've got a large family. Needles Highway and Sylvan Lake are completely worth it, though, not to mention the almost-guaranteed run-in with the resident burros. Mount Rushmore NM is free, although they charge $8 for parking. You can get around this in less-crowded times by parking in pull-outs on the highway and walking just a little further. Iron Mtn Rd is absolutely incredible, an astounding feat of engineering. The tunnel closest to the monument is my favorite; just off the parking area on the south side, there is an easy path climbing to the top with an unobstructed view of the huge heads. There are plenty of interesting things to see, and unlimited hiking opportunities all along the route.



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May 2018