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Picking Chokecherries in Spearfish Canyon

Spearfish Canyon Chokecherry


We were out for a drive in Spearfish Canyon the other day and noticed the chokecherries are ripe.  This time of year it seems you can’t drive through the canyon without seeing someone pulled over to pick some of these miniature cherries.

They are plentiful in the along Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway.  There were so many on BHNF road 222 just past Roughlock Falls that we didn’t even have to get out of the car to pick them in some spots.  Picking berries has been a long time favorite activity of locals – the train used to drop people off in the morning, then pick them up in the evening with their baskets of berries.

Just another great way to enjoy the Black Hills.

About the author: Josh loves to take pictures and share them on his South Dakota and the Black Hills blogs.  Plus he enjoys traveling with his family any chance he gets.

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  • Kimalee Bales August 18, 2012, 12:32 pm

    I was wondering if this was a recent blog on Chokecherry picking and if you knew of the best places in the hills this year for Chokecherries. We want to do a family outing tomorrow hopefully and wondered where they were the most plentiful!

    • Josh August 19, 2012, 10:10 am

      I’m not sure of the best place, however, there always seems to be tons of chokecherries past roughlock falls. But, sometimes hunting for the cherries can be more fun than picking them.

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