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    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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    6 miles S of Canton, SD off Co. 135
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    • 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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    • River
    • Laundry
    • Conven Store
    • Diner/Snack Bar
    • Gas
    • Propane
    • Day Spa Facilities
    • Club/Meeting Room
    • Repair Services
    • Chapel Services
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    • 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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    • Beach
    • Arcade Games
    • Biking - Road
    • Golfing
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    Great Time

    Everyone was so helpful and made our family feel right at home.
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    LOVE at first hike!

    We had so much fun hiking, renting banana peel bikes, borrowed some bean bag boards, enjoyed the parks and a Friday night movie in the Amphitheater. We will be back!!
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    Week long fun.

    We come down every year for a whole week during the Folk Fest and it is always fun. This year the weather was extremely beautiful for the first 4 days. Warm but not humid days, nice cool nights by the fire and even the nights it rained, we enjoyed it. The campsites are always nice and clean, same with the restrooms, and the bugs this year were hardly even noticeable. I love camping at Newton Hills and wish I had the time to camp there more than just the one time every year. Keep on camping.....
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    Not impressed

    We actually enjoyed our stay there until the last night, my husband was sitting outside quietly watching tv, not doing anything wrong, and got chewed out by a rent a cop saying he had to shut his tv and go inside. The security guard had no other explanation on why other than “he needed to go inside.” Meanwhile the campsite 3 over from us was being so loud that we could hear their conversations word for word. And nothing was done. And no we hadn’t complained, we had minded our own business because that’s what camping is about...fun! My husband felt he was singled out for no reason and We will never go back.
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    Management Response

    Thank you for your comments. We use these comments to better serve the people that use and visit the state parks in South Dakota. In the parks there is a rule of 11 pm quiet hours. While we encourage our guests to stay up as late as they wish around the fire and have a good time and socialize but after 11 pm noise should stay in or near your campsite. This usually means radios and tv’s outside of the camper are asked to be turned off. These rules are in place to ensure that everyone has a great time in the parks.
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