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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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    Cold but fun

    Warm, clean cabins. Temperature next morning was -16 and we stayed warm and cozy.

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    Beautiful place

    It is a small, but beautiful place. Great campsites and views! The place is also great as a central location to check out many of the other attractions in the area. I definitely would recommend staying at Palisades State Park.

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    Camper cabin

    Stayed in a camper cabin to watch our son run a race in Sioux Falls over the weekend. Loved the quiet time with my spouse away from the business of the city but also being so close to the big city for a nice dinner and seeing the falls. Palisades park is such a pretty park . The cabin was very clean and it was easy to “check in / checkout “ after hours. Very reasonably priced. Easy to reserve online. Wasn’t sure how to get vehicle entrance permit when reserving the cabin, so had cash to do that at the park. Nice to pay for “one day” park entrance fee with overnight reservation.

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    Excellent Campground

    Palisades State Park is a gorgeous place to get away for a few days. We stayed a couple nights during the week and never heard another soul. The cabins are well lit and well heated, so we were kept warm even with the first snow fall of the season hitting us in early October. It is the perfect place to get away from the daily grind and unplug. We will do it again sooner than later.