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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
    08/04/2021

    Modern Cabin

    We stayed in the modern cabin and loved it! The view was beautiful, it had all the amenities we needed, and it was well kept. The park is very well maintained and provides a variety of trails and recreational activities.
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    A minusOverall Rating
    07/19/2021

    Modern Cabin is great!

    This was our second stay at the Modern Cabin, which is fairly new in the park. This is a wonderful addition to Newton Hills and made for a comfortable, truly enjoyable stay. The location of the cabin is amazing: wonderful views, access to trials, quiet surround, etc. The amenities are great: soft beds, AC, stocked kitchen, etc. As this was the second time, I noticed some things have been worse for wear in only a short time: some items were no longer there (BBQ tools, hand towels), and some items had been poorly used by other guests (bath towel rod was broken, lamp toggle was missing). But I suppose that's always going to happen when a facility is used so much by so many people. Thank you to Newton Hills for building this cabin; we will definitely be back.
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    A minusOverall Rating
    07/16/2021

    Visitors in South Dakota

    We visited our nephew in Alcester & parked at Newton Hills State Park. The area where we filled up with water & then dumped was visitor friendly. They provided the hose needed to fill and then to clean out our tank. Our site was clean & plenty of room to back our 33’ RV into easily. We appreciated being able to recycle. Most parks don’t do this. We will stay here again when traveling to Alcester, SD. However, we did not know about the day fee. We have never paid this before.
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    A minusOverall Rating
    07/15/2021

    Sue's note

    We have stayed here several years...the house itself is wonderful and spacious, very comfortable for our family of 12. HOWEVER, we feel they could invest in some decent beds. The mattresses are all rock hard and fairly uncomfortable. The chiggers were really bad this year and we all left quite bit up. That being said...we love this lodge and the area, which amounts to your own private loop. Newton Hills is such a nice state park and this lodge is the crown jewel in our book!
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