Needles Eye Tunnel, Custer State Park, South Dakota
Needles Eye Tunnel | Custer State Park | South Dakota
The Needles of the Black Hills of South Dakota are a region of eroded granite pillars, towers, and spires within Custer State Park (Wiki).
It’s called the Needles Eye tunnel for a good reason, and that’s because it is the narrowest tunnel in the state. Only one car at a time can go through, and believe it or not, huge charter buses squeeze through daily, too. That alone is a sight to behold, but the tunnel and the rock formations around it are well worth a view as well.
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Needles Eye Tunnel, Custer State Park, South Dakota, USA
The name “Needles Eye” doesn’t come from only the narrowness of the tunnel, but also from the peculiarly shaped rock just outside of it.
Needles Eye Tunnel - Needles Highway - South Dakota
This is a video from summer 2017 when we took a Ford F-350 through the Needles Eye Tunnel on the Needles Highway at Custer State Park in South Dakota. Clearance is 8 feet 4 inches wide and 12 feet high. We had approximately 3 inches of clearance on each side of the vehicle.
Needles Eye Tunnel South Dakota USA
Black Hills, South Dakota - Custer State Park - Needles Eye Tunnel (2019)
South Dakota Highway 87 (SD 87) is a 37.894-mile-long (60.984 km) state highway in the southwestern part of the U.S. state of South Dakota. It travels through the Black Hills region. The highway's southern terminus is at an intersection with U.S. Route 385 (US 385), about 6 miles (9.7 km) southeast of Pringle, within the southwestern part of Wind Cave National Park. Its northern terminus is at an intersection with US 16/US 385 about 3 miles (4.8 km) south-southwest of Hill City, within the east-central part of the Black Hills National Forest.
The highway travels through Wind Cave National Park and Custer State Park. The northern 14 miles (23 km) of the highway is also known as the Needles Highway. The Needles Highway, along with the concurrency with US 16A, are also part of the Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway. Portions of the highway are also a section of Custer State Park's Wildlife Loop.
After splitting from US 16A, the route is known as the Needles Highway. This segment is 14 miles (23 km) long. Finished in 1922, the highway is named after the high granite needles it winds among. Access to the Needles Highway requires a Custer State Park entrance license, making that portion of SD 87 a toll road. Along this stretch lies the Black Hills Playhouse. The highway passes through two tunnels blasted through sheer granite walls—Iron Creek Tunnel and Needles Eye Tunnel. Owing to the narrow roadway, sharp turns, and low tunnels, the road has very little traffic. The vehicles that do travel this road are almost exclusively sightseers.
Just after Needles Eye Tunnel, Highway 87 serves as the northern terminus of SD 89. After this junction, SD 87 has one more tunnel, Hood Tunnel. It then provides access to the Sylvan Lake Resort. The route finally ends at US 16/385 south of Hill City.
GR 2016 Needles Eye Tunnel Custer State Park SD
Driving through the eye of the needle - a tunnel along Needles Highway in Custer State Park. Wait for the breathtaking view as you exit the tunnel. Great Race 2016 participants enjoyed the sights on a transit between rally segments.
Needles Highway Needles Eye Tunnel
Needles Highway. This segment is 14 miles long. Finished in 1922, the highway is named after the high granite needles it winds among. Access to the Needles Highway requires a Custer State Park entrance license.
Near Needles Eye Tunnel - Custer State Park, South Dakota
Proof there's wildlife in the tunnels - mountain goats this time
Needle's Eye Tunnel
Dylan and Joe cruisin' through the Needle's Eye tunnel on Highway 87 in the Black Hills of South Dakota
Needle's Eye - South Dakota
Eye of the Needle, Needles Highway, Custer State Park, South Dakota, Sturgis 2018
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Needles Eye Tunnel
July 8, 2015 - Highway 87 in South Dakota
(aka Needles Highway)
Needles Highway Drive Thru - Custer State Park SD
A short drive-thru of Needles Highway, located in Custer State Park, in the Black Hills. South Dakota. Very scenic! At about 2:00 there is the Eye of the Needle, one of the rock formations that the Needles Highway derives it's name from.. You can also hike here and there is a lake west as you are leaving.
South Dakota Highway 87 is a highway running through the Black Hills of the U.S. state of South Dakota. The road's northern terminus is U.S. Route 16 and U.S. Route 385 about 3 miles (4.8 km) south of Hill City. The road's southern terminus is U.S. Route 385 about 6 miles (9.7 km) east of Pringle, South Dakota, or 14 miles (23 km) north of Hot Springs.
The highway passes through Custer State Park and Wind Cave National Park. The northern 14 miles (23 km) of the highway is also known as the Needles Highway. The Needles Highway, along with the US 16A concurrency, are also part of the Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway. Portions of the highway are also a section of Custer State Park's Wildlife Loop.
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Driving motorcycle through Needles Eye Tunnel in South Dakota
Video shot from the side-view mirror of my Honda Shadow Spirit 1100 motorcycle using a Pentax WG-M1.
201108 - Needle's Eye, South Dakota
201108 - Needle's Eye, South Dakota
Custer State Park - Needles Highway tunnel
Needle's Eye - Black Hills, SD
This is video I shot last spring. Tour buses drive through this tunnel, though it looks barely wide enough for my pickup.
Needles Eye Tunnel
Custer State Park
Needles Highway and Needles Eye Tunnel
I sped up my GoPro video until the tunnel, so you can take in the view in an expedited manner. Truly a magnificent park, Custer State Park, and this trip is finalized with the appearance of a mountain goat casually exiting the tunnel as I approached in my van. This beautiful creature easily climbs several feet to watch me enter the tunnel. Lucky arrival for me!