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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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    Nature at it's Best

    This is a gem of a park just the way it is. They are talking about changing it and I hope they don't. It's a quiet park with wild turkeys and plenty of birds to listen to. It's fun to walk the many trails and try and identify the trees. Plenty of shade at the campsite. It was a blast to kayak and swim in the river to cool down. We met people from Virginia, Iowa, New York, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. It is really hard to get a reservation in South Dakota's State Parks and it is sad to see so many camping spots sit vacant because someone decided not to cancel. There should be a way to utilize those vacant spots for travelers passing thru the area.

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    Clean and friendly staff

    Went there with my kids everyone working there was very friendly my kids had fun swimming, hiking, playing at the park and camping.

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    Awesome and beautiful!!!

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    Wonderful Park

    My family all enjoyed our first camping experience at this park. The camping sites we had were excellent. Lots of shade from the big trees every where, and your neighbors were not on top of you like some places. So many places/trails to explore in the park, and we all had good luck fishing the creek. Great scenic views abound and other local parks and places to visit are very close by. We will be going back for sure!!