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.

more Detail


7 miles N, 1 W of 1-90, Exit 410 near Garretson, SD
more Detail



  • 50 Amp Available
  • Accom Big Rigs
  • Tent Sites Available
  • Group Area
  • River
  • Forest Areas
  • Firewood Available
  • Dump Station
  • Picnic Area
  • ADA Accessible
  • Phone
  • Lodging - Other
  • Pets Welcome
  • Quiet Atmosphere
  • Family Park
  • Open Year Round
  • Credit Crd Accepted
more Detail


  • Internet Access
  • Laundry
  • Diner/Snack Bar
  • Gas
  • Propane
  • Fitness Equipmt
  • Repair Services
  • Chapel Services
  • Urban Setting
  • Good Shopping
more Detail



  • Playground
  • Biking - Road
  • Bird Watching
  • Climbing
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Outdoor Games
  • Scenic Driving
  • Sightseeing
  • Swimming
  • Wildlife Viewing
more Detail


  • Pool
  • Water Slides
  • Rec Room
  • Gaming/Casino
  • Entertainment
  • Golfing
  • Hunting
  • Miniature Golf
  • Skiing -Cr.Country
  • Skiing -Downhill
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
more Detail

Guest Opinions are very important

Have you stayed at this campground? Share your experience.

A minusOverall Rating

Awesome Weekend

There were 15 of us for a weekend of food and fun. Being our 3rd stay at the lodge, we knew what to expect and we were not disappointed. In fact, one member of our party has already put in a request for next year. A good time was had by all.
courtesy of GuestRated.com
A minusOverall Rating


Nice clean campground ,
courtesy of GuestRated.com
A minusOverall Rating

Friday night getaway

We live in Sioux Falls and have been hiking at Palisades in the past, and have seen the cabins. We talked all summer about getting a cabin, and never got around to it. I finally decided to book a cabin for an overnight. My husband and I really enjoyed staying in the cabin, which was very clean. We loved the view of the water below and the sound that the rapids made and could be heard from our cabin deck. The weather was cold, but clear and so we hiked the trails and then made a campfire and stayed out by the fire for hours. When we decided to turn in for the night, the cabin was heated to a great temperature and was very cozy. We were pleasantly surprised at how comfortable the mattress was. We both expected it to be harder, so it was a good surprise that the mattress was pretty comfortable. We stayed one night in cabin number six, and really enjoyed every minute of it. The park grounds are kept up immaculately! Beautiful little gem, just a few miles from Sioux Falls!
courtesy of GuestRated.com
A minusOverall Rating

Great stay!

We really enjoyed camping at Palisades. Merle was a friendly host and our campground was well maintained. We enjoyed the scenery and hikes. We will definitely return!
courtesy of GuestRated.com
Back to top