Description

Newton Hills State Park's unique dark forest, amidst a vast open prairie, has prompted many legends, including buried gold, robbers' hideouts and horse thieves. But visitors today recognize it as a great place to camp, swim, hike and fish. The park also plays host to folk music concerts and the popular FestiFall in October. Join the fun when you make a reservation for a campsite, cabin or lodge using the online system.

The Newton Hills Lodge, built in 1915, served as the historic caretaker's home in Canton, SD, and played an important role in serving the healthcare needs of a variety of patients before being opened to guests. It can sleep up to 12 people and has four bedrooms and two baths. Like the lodge, camping cabins are open year-round. Each cabin accommodates 4 people with a set of bunk beds and a double bed. Both RV and tent sites are available, as well as horse camp sites. A boat ramp, beach and fishing dock let you enjoy water activities at Newton Hills State Park. More than 200 species of birds visit the area each year, and white-tailed deer, wild turkeys, marmots, rabbits, red and gray fox and squirrels are also found within the park.

Newton Hills hosts numerous folk music concerts in conjunction with the Friends of Traditional Music. One of the most popular concerts, the Sioux River Folk Festival, is a 3-day event held annually on the first full weekend in August. The popular FestiFall event is held each year on the first Saturday in October. It features many family activities including arts and crafts, kids' games, hay rides and bluegrass music. The pumpkin takes center stage with pumpkin catapulting, pumpkin carving demonstrations and decorated pumpkin contests. Following the FestiFall event, the Candlelight Walk will lead visitors along 2.2 miles of candle-lit trail through the deep woods of Newton Hills. The trail will be solely lit by candles and carved pumpkins.


Amenities

Onsite

  • 50 Amp Available
  • Tent Sites Available
  • Group Area
  • Lake
  • River
  • Firewood Available
  • Dump Station
  • Picnic Area
  • BBQ Facilities
  • Horse Facility
  • ADA Accessible
  • Groups Welcome
  • Chapel Services
  • Clubs Welcome
  • Quiet Atmosphere
  • Family Park
  • 24hr Courtesy Patrol
  • Open Year Round
  • Credit Crd Accepted

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Recreation

Onsite

  • Beach
  • Playground
  • Boat Ramp
  • Biking - Mountain
  • Biking - Road
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating - Limited
  • Boating - Paddle
  • Boating
  • Boating - Watercraft
  • Education Activity
  • Entertainment
  • Family Activity
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hunting
  • Outdoor Games
  • Skiing -Cr.Country
  • Swimming
  • Wildlife Viewing

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Great park, nonexistent service
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It's really perplexing; the park itself is terrific. It's situated in a small patch of Oak forest, far enough from town to be extremely quiet. There's virtually no light pollution and you can see a million stars in the sky. It's not "remote" in any true sense but there's no cell service which honestly is relaxing. The cabins are beautiful and the entire park is well maintained. The service is another matter. If you arrive in the summer during hours that the office is open the staff is friendly and courteous if a little disorganized. But there's no point in making a reservation out of the peak season or if you intend to arrive late. I have done so over three years and without exception they have never left keys in the box even once. It's baffling. I've left notes, I've emailed...once they even gave me two free passes and a letter apologizing for the oversight. The letter stated that they would stress to the staff the importance of checking the system to ensure keys are left out. Fast forward to 2016. I went made a reservation, printed it out a week ahead and showed up at the park to ONCE AGAIN have no keys. At the point I have pretty much given up on ever using the system with the expectation of it working. Great park, very lovely, but if you want staff that's going to get it right try Palisades. Over the ten years I've been going there and several years of booking via internet I've never had a single instance where my keys weren't there.
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Phaedrus
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Reviewed 11/04/2016
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The Hills
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I absolutely love camping at Newton Hills State Park near Canton, SD. Especially in the fall. It's not really busy and is very peaceful and the trees are beautiful!
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CamperLover
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Reviewed 11/03/2016
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Cabin 9
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What a Wonderful Experience! The park is an exceptional place to provide peace and quiet. The fall time is extremely nice time to attend and take a break from the real world. I have always enjoyed to opportunity to be at Newton Hills and every year I grow more fond of such remarkable facilities. I only ask that the park keep the cost of the cabins at there current "affordable rate". Granted things do cost more to maintain, however the current price allows for families to take part in the beauty of the park without being "gouged" with extreme prices for cabins and tenting. Thank You for the Wonderful Experience:)
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Bicyclist
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Reviewed 11/01/2016
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Vow renewal
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We had the lodge at Newton Hills State Park and it was beautiful and very well cared for, the only thing we needed was food bedding and towels. If you get a chance to go to this park take it as it is beautiful and the park employees do a great job.
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Loriann2
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Reviewed 10/27/2016