Scenic USA - South Dakota

Sylvan Lake

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Sylvan Lake (Black Hills) - Custer, South Dakota

Photos by Ben Prepelka
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     South Dakota's Black Hills, covered in a dense pine forest, is best known for its grand tribute to America's presidents at Mount Rushmore. So thick and so dark, it's this evergreen forest that gives the area the Black Hills name. Hidden among the hills and national forest are clusters of needle-like spires, stony crags and huge rock monoliths. Not only do these granite outcroppings add to the lure of Needles Highway, but the area is dotted with lakes, Sylvan Lake Beach - Custer, South Dakota waterfalls, endless caves and old mining towns. The narrow Needles Highway weaves its way through billion year old granite and 14 miles of spectacular Black Hills scenery.
     Newcomers will soon realize the entire Black Hills area offers many sightseeing opportunities. One of the Black Hills gems is pictured here, an inviting scene of Sylvan Lake. Nestled among a semi-circle of oddly shaped granite rock formations, Sylvan Lake is often called the crown jewel of Custer State Park. The area offers picnic areas, opportunities for rock climbing, rental boats, hiking trails and a natural pool for summertime swimming and recreation.

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