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Campground

Nice clean campground ,
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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!
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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!
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Our favorite Park!

The trails are amazing and far surpass any other in the area. Aside from the natural beauty of this area, the park is well maintained and the staff is awesome. You won't be disappointed!
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lack of respect

The campground is beautiful and the scenery unparalleled. We had a great time playing cards and watching the full moon rise over the lake--shades of orange and pink, stunning! However, as gorgeous as it was, the campers around us caused the whole experience to sour fast. First of all, though there is plenty of shoreline, the campground allows about 50-75 feet to be accessible for swimming. Here's a gorgeous lake, but you only get to swim "here" with everyone crammed together. A couple people brought their dogs to the beach where they were free to roam around at their leisure. I am afraid of dogs, having once been bitten. Sorry, I can't help it. It is very unnerving to have strange dogs, even if "they're really friendly" coming up to you and sniffing you as you are trying to relax. Needless to say, beach fun= zero. We had to leave after we swam because the beach was so crowded with people who have no respect for others. Loud music, walking on your towel, playing catch literally over your head.... really? Yeap. Then, back at our campsite, after our card game and getting into our tent to fall asleep to the lush wind and crickets, what I look forward to when sleeping in a tent--was ruined by some campers up the hill a ways who kept their generator on ALL NIGHT. They also left their outdoor light on their portable castle on wheels on ALL NIGHT. so much for the gorgeous moonlight. We were told the campground quiet hours began at 10 PM.... not enforced at all. Total disappointment. I mean, maybe someone in the castle on wheels needed a respirator? Maybe? Why else does someone feel justified in letting a motor hum and idle ALL NIGHT? The next morning, as we told the woman at the entrance of our disappointment of gas fumes, humming machinery and glowing electrical lighting ALL NIGHT LONG--she seemed not interested. I would love a refund and I will not recommend a campground that advertises quiet hours but does not take them seriously.
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Always A Great Experience

The park and staff at Palisades State Park makes a perfect get away. We camp with 4 other campers and Palisades has been one of our favorite spots.
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Love this Place!

We have be coming to the Palisades for over 20 some years and enjoy every trip we make!!
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Beautiful Park

We just stayed overnight at the park but found it to be beautiful and would like to spend more time there some time. Beautiful scenery and secluded sites. Cabins looked nice but we didn't go into one. Clean flat sites for RV's. I would recommend spending time to see the river and the sights.
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favorite state park

One of my favorite state parks. It's beautiful, nice trails although some were flooded. There was so much water for this time of year. Everything is very clean and nice. Campground host was very knowledgeable and helpful!!!
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End of September

This is a great park! We had an amazing experience. Great hiking, fishing and playground!
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