South Dakota Highway 87

South Dakota Highway 87

Highway 87 marker

Highway 87
Needles Highway
Wildlife Loop
Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway

Route of SD 87 (in red)
Route information
Maintained by SDDOT
Length: 37.894 mi[1] (60.984 km)
Major junctions
South end: US 385 east of Pringle
North end: US 16 / US 385 south of Hill City
Highway system

South Dakota numbered highways

US 85 SD 89

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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Route description

Because of the highway's mountainous, curving nature, it is closed during the winter.[2]

South of US 16A

Highway 87 begins at US 385 in Wind Cave National Park, east of Pringle and west of the park headquarters. North of US 385, the route crosses Cold Spring Creek and provides access to the upstream Lake Norbeck, named after Senator Peter Norbeck, instrumental in establishing several of the national and state parks in the Black Hills. From the start, SD 87 is a very twisting and winding route, with a 180° hairpin turn a mere half-mile (0.8 km) from the southern terminus. This results in the route taking a westerly tack, though it eventually turns back north and crosses Beaver Creek. Three miles (4.8 km) into the route, it bridges itself and executes a 270° turn.[3]

The route enters Custer State Park 7.151 miles (11.508 km) north of US 385.[1] Admission to the park requires an entrance license; as of 2009, the fee is $6 per person, or $15 per vehicle.[4] Highway 87 then becomes part of the park's Wildlife Loop, and runs through the town of Blue Bell.

At milepost 17.180 (27.649 km), Highway 87 intersects U.S. Route 16A.[1] From this point onward, the road is part of the Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway.[5] The two routes form a concurrency and proceed east, passing Legion Lake.[3] The roads split after just under 1.5 miles (2.4 km).[6]

Needles Highway

The Needles Eye Tunnel

After splitting from US 16A, the route is known as the Needles Highway. The highway is named after the high granite "needles" it winds among. Along this stretch lies the Black Hills Playhouse. The highway passes through two tunnels blasted through sheer granite walls—Iron Creek Tunnel at mile 25 (40 km), and Needles Eye Tunnel at mile 31 (50 km).[1] 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, at milepost 33 (53 km).[1] It then provides access to the Sylvan Lake Resort. The route finally ends at US 16/385 south of Hill City.

An overlook on Needles highway

Junction list

County Location Mile[1] Destinations Notes
Custer
Wind Cave NP 0.000 US 385 Southern terminus
Custer SP 17.810 US 16A US-16A joins northbound and splits southbound
19.298[6] US 16A US-16A splits northbound and joins southbound
31.929 SD 89 Northern terminus of SD 89
Pennington
37.894 US 16 / US 385 Northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

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