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    Palisades State Park is one of the most unique areas in South Dakota. Split Rock Creek, which flows through the park, is lined with Sioux quartzite formations varying from shelves several feet above the water to 50-foot vertical cliffs. Scenic overlooks and rushing water make Palisades an appealing getaway. The park is popular among campers, photographers, sightseers, picnickers, rock climbers and hikers.

    A perfect site for weddings, reunions and meeting is the lodge at Palisades State Park, open year-round. It has four bedrooms that sleep up to 12 people and also offers a full kitchen, dining area and relaxation room. The back deck has a great view of the creek and Sioux quartzite rock formations. You can reserve the lodge, a campsite or camping cabin by using the online system. Camp sites come with or without electricity, and the one-room cabins sleep four. Furnishings include a set of bunk beds, a double bed, table and benches, with a picnic table, porch and fire grate outside.

    For millions of years, Split Rock Creek cut deep gorges through Palisades State Park. Geologists estimate the Sioux quartzite spires are 1.2 billion years old. Four hiking trails twist and turn through these beautiful Sioux quartzite formations. The cliffs and formations at Palisades are used by rock climbers to practice their scaling and rappelling techniques.

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    • Pull Thru Available
    • 50 Amp Available
    • Tent Sites Available
    • Group Area
    • River
    • Forest Areas
    • Firewood Available
    • Picnic Area
    • BBQ Facilities
    • ADA Accessible
    • Club/Meeting Room
    • Groups Welcome
    • Clubs Welcome
    • Pets Welcome
    • Rural Setting
    • Quiet Atmosphere
    • Family Park
    • Open Year Round
    • Credit Crd Accepted
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    • Playground
    • Backpacking
    • Biking - Road
    • Bird Watching
    • Boating - Paddle
    • Climbing
    • Education Activity
    • Entertainment
    • Family Activity
    • Fishing
    • Fly Fishing
    • Hiking
    • Hunting
    • Outdoor Games
    • River Rafting
    • Scenic Driving
    • Sightseeing
    • Swimming
    • Wildlife Viewing
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    • Golfing
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    Wonderful Park!

    I happened across Palisades State Park while I was on a cross-country motorcycle trip and needed a place to camp for the night. This place is a real gem! Beautiful scenery and the campsites are large and even better, laid out in a way that provides a great amount of privacy (I was in the non-electric area). I thought the cabins looked very, very nice too and I might treat myself to one next time. I would certainly like to visit again.

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    Nice state park

    Good size sites, lots of trees. Clean restrooms. Nice trails to explore

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    Memories created

    This is the most beautiful park. My daughter and I had a great time, hiking and exploring. The only downside was the raccoons that got into our food. We still had fun!

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    Annual Palliaades Summer Camp

    John Dummer and the incredible staff is always so accommodating. I wouldn’t dream of reserving a site at any other campground. You guys do such a great job. In fact, we are camping at noon Hills next weekend. Just so impressed with all the energy that and kindness that go in to producing awesome weekends for plenty of families during their time off. You guys deserve a big pat on the back. Keep rocking and keep making South Dakota proud !!!