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    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.


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    Directions

    6 miles S of Canton, SD off Co. 135
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    Amenities

    Onsite

    • 50 Amp Available
    • Accom Big Rigs
    • Tent Sites Available
    • Group Area
    • Lake
    • Firewood Available
    • Dump Station
    • Picnic Area
    • BBQ Facilities
    • Horse Facility
    • ADA Accessible
    • Groups Welcome
    • Clubs Welcome
    • Pets Welcome
    • Rural Setting
    • Quiet Atmosphere
    • Family Park
    • Open Year Round
    • Credit Crd Accepted
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    Nearby

    • River
    • Laundry
    • Conven Store
    • Diner/Snack Bar
    • Gas
    • Propane
    • Day Spa Facilities
    • Club/Meeting Room
    • Repair Services
    • Chapel Services
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    Recreation

    Onsite

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

    • Beach
    • Arcade Games
    • Biking - Road
    • Golfing
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    Guest Opinions are very important

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    A minusOverall Rating
    05/17/2021

    Enjoyable Visit

    We were traveling back to Ohio and wanted to spend one more day in South Dakota. Newton Hills was in a convenient location for our travels with it only being about 40 minutes south of Sioux Falls and near the border of Iowa. The park provided a map of the campground and trails in paper form on our number site which was very convenient. We also had some great hiking trails to experience while we were there. The campground was spacious and the sites were not right on top of each other like some campgrounds. The bathrooms were clean. It is in a beautiful area and we would definitely come back if traveling in this direction.
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    A minusOverall Rating
    05/13/2021

    Spring camping bliss

    Although Newton Hills is a wildly popular weekend camping destination in southeast South Dakota, camping during the week is absolutely blissful. Most campers clear out on Sunday afternoon returning the park to it's natural state of quiet solitude. Even though weekend numbers are staggering, the park staff does an amazing job with upkeep and maintenance. The bathrooms and showers are clean, the rangers are friendly and helpful, even if the ranger station is closed, you can still buy firewood using the "Honor System". The hiking trails are well maintained and plentiful, and there is plenty of wildlife to see along your hikes. Whether you're a local, looking for a nearby weekend get-away, or a traveler, needing a layover for a night or two, you cannot go wrong backing into your little piece of the great outdoors at Newton Hills.
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    A minusOverall Rating
    05/07/2021

    Great trip!

    We saw an orange oriole outside our camping cabin. Just beautiful! We visited friends for supper at the new 2 bedroom cabin and saw the sunset. Gorgeous. Great park.
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    A minusOverall Rating
    05/06/2021

    Modern Cabin is great!

    We recently stayed at the new Modern Cabin, which is a wonderful addition to the park. It is extremely comfortable and provided everything necessary to have a great stay. All the amenities were new and worked great. I highly recommend staying here, although it seems like it's pretty booked for the rest of the summer!
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