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Needles Eye Tunnel, Custer

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#3 of 16 in Parks in Custer
Geologic Formation · Nature / Park
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Situated among pointed geological formations that resemble needles and spires, Needles Eye Tunnel is the main attraction along Needles Highway within Custer State Park. Look for this 10 m (35 ft) tall granite formation with a slit in it, created through centuries of erosion of soft sediment by wind, rain, thawing, and freezing. The rock's shape attracts photographers, and together with the other rock formations nearby, it has become a popular rock climbing spot. If you are a climber, do so cautiously; many accidents have occurred on this rock. Put Needles Eye Tunnel at the forefront of your travel plans using our Custer day trip planning website.
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  • Stunning but we had to drive by 2 times and park to see the needle. Parking is tough too although worth the hassle. Enjoyed it a lot. 
    Stunning but we had to drive by 2 times and park to see the needle. Parking is tough too although worth the hassle. Enjoyed it a lot.  more »
  • It appears there may be multiple Needle's Eye in the Black Hills. We enjoyed our drive through the tunnel; however, I thought the Needles Eye feature was a part of the granite outcroppings at... 
    It appears there may be multiple Needle's Eye in the Black Hills. We enjoyed our drive through the tunnel; however, I thought the Needles Eye feature was a part of the granite outcroppings at...  more »
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  • Very cool place to see. There are several places to pull off and take some pics; you just have to be careful of traffic when you're walking around. Totally unique rock structures. There was a mountain goat posing for a pic for us there too. Worth the stop.
  • Scenic, great curves, good 'concert' spots throughout. And a shout out to Wolf Camp Lodge. It's a little tucked out of the way place on the route from Needles. Great people, good food, good service.

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