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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
    07/22/2019

    Beautiful Trails

    We love staying at Newton Hills. You do have to drive away from the campground to do some fishing, but hiking the beautiful trails are what this place is all about. The grounds are taken care of, and the staff is very helpful. We had a great time!
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    A minusOverall Rating
    07/22/2019

    Usually satisfied

    This is 1 of my favorite parks in the state parks system. This time checkin didn't go well & my firealarm would "chirp" regularly 3 different times over the first day-once at 6 am. I sat on the deck till the office opened. Finally on Sat. night, Brandon came & disconnected it, allowing me to have a good night's sleep. This park has wonderful walking paths & great beauty! The staff is friendly & helpful!
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    A minusOverall Rating
    07/22/2019

    Relief

    Pulled into Newton Hills on possibly hottest day of summer (July 19) and set up. Air and frig. were on. While preparing meal, the power went off in camper. Went out to electrical post and reset 30 amp breaker. Happened 3 more times before we notified park staff. Mait. supervisor Brent Downs stopped by immediately and found it was overheating, causing its failure. He returned in 10 minutes with tools and part. He had it replaced 10 minutes later. Great job Brent! From 2 "Happy Campers", and our dog, it was greatly appreciated. Keep up the good work.
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    A minusOverall Rating
    07/22/2019

    Trails

    The trails are not being maintained. The trees are over growing the trails. Their are also three short steel post coming out of the ground on the way down one of the hills. Which several of us have told the park but they don't do anything about it. So we mark it with flags and red twine and warn each other. Trees are down or low that you have to go under. It is just a shame to see how this park has been negleated. It seriously would only take a couple of days with three workers and the right equipment to get the trails back in shape. Correls also need work as trees hang over the fence and the inside of some of them need a lot more gravel. I realize we have had a very wet year but this has been going on for at least three to four years. It just seems that horse campers don't matter to Newton Hills. I will say that they have been doing a nice job of mowing around the camp spots. And it looks like they are trying to kill a few weeds here that there. I just hope they will decide to take care of the trails.
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