Saturday, August 18, 2012

Driving along Rim Rock Highway and Deerfield Lake Road, Black Hills, South Dakota

We enjoyed the cooler temperatures by taking a drive along Rim Rock Highway and Deerfield Lake Road, enjoying the sites. 

The first place we came to was the Chapel in the Hills, a completely wooded church built in the 1960’s as an exact replica of the famous Borgund stavkirke, of Laerdal, Norway. The church still has nightly services, can be reserved for weddings, and is free (donations accepted) to visitors.

One of our destinations was Thunderhead Underground Falls, farther down Rim Rock Highway, another freebie on our VIP pass we were given as a perk for our workamping (normally $7.50/adult).  

It is a self-guided (you read a few signs along the way) walk 600’ to the falls. It is actually quite pretty ~ here is some copper found in the mine. 

This was, as with all of the caves and mines in the area, a claim for a gold mine back in the 1800’s, but gold was never found and the mine closed in 1900.  In 1949, a curious visitor to the area wondered why Rapid Creek simply disappeared and where did it go? Eventually with a little searching, she found the waterfall known today as Thunderhead Underground Falls.

(This is the view as you depart ~ a bit different that the walk-in.)

We continued our drive to Deerfield Lake, which is a huge reservoir with some beautiful camping within the Forest Service. We also saw a few Big Horn Sheep along the way 

and ended-up at a local winery trying some wines and enjoying a picnic lunch.

All-in-all, a nice day!

Easy and affordable - no matter where you are! 
Escapees RV Club Commercial Member #693

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