Near Custer State Park, the Black Hills are laced with specially engineered, super-scenic highways. To say these are some of the most scenic stretches of highway is no lie, the 70-mile Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway has been named as one of the 10 Most Outstanding Byways in America.
The Needles Highway (SD 87), Iron Mountain Road (US 16A), Horse Thief Lake Road (SD 244) and Sylvan Lake Road (SD 89) make up this oval-shaped route through the most rugged real estate in the Black Hills. The Norbeck Byway includes picturesque lakes, towering granite formations, six picture-perfect tunnels, tight hairpin curves, spiral “pigtail” bridges, and the wildlife ranges of Norbeck Wildlife Preserve, Black Elk National Wilderness Area and Custer State Park. There are many photo stops, picnic areas, climbing rocks and alpine brooks that add to the fun.