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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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    Palisades cabin

    Cabin was great, staff also provided a small heater in case it got to cold in cabin.

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    Overnight Camping

    Beautiful scenery and nice campground! I stayed in a tent site #17 and had an awesome rock wall for a back drop. I would love to see this park develop some primitive hike in sites!

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    I very much enjoyed camping at this park on a cold October night. What disappointed me was the fee structure. I expected to pay $26 to camp for the night. When I registered I found I would also pay a $8 park entrance fee, a $7.70 plus tax. The fees came to over $40.

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    October 2020 stay

    The heaters in the cabin we stayed in (cabin 6) clanked all night long making sleeping difficult. Otherwise, cabin was nice and cozy. I think the price of $182 for 3 nights should be lowered by 30% during times when the restroom and shower facilities are closed. The fact that there is no price decrease is not fair in my opinion. I had to boil water in a coffee pot to wash my hands, body etc. since we were there for 4 days. A little discount, like 30% or so, I think would be appropriate since the shower and restroom facilities were closed and we had no running water. Otherwise, scenery and cabin were nice. Thank you!