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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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    A minusOverall Rating
    08/20/2018

    Good stay

    Nice park. Good Service and facilities. Nice hiking trailss. Next time will stay a little farther into the camp what is on the road. Was a little noisy with big trucks.
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    A minusOverall Rating
    08/20/2018

    River Fest

    We have been coming to the Sioux River Folk Fest since the 1970s. It is a family tradition that started with our kids and now our grandkids, and their friends. We were able to camp on four sites. There were 40 of us in all with about half being kids under 7. We had a great time and will continue to camp during the Festival as long as we are able.
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    A minusOverall Rating
    08/20/2018

    A summer highlight

    Once again we were delighted with our spot at Newton Hills. Each year I have a new favorite. This year was perfect for our 4 legged friend as well as ourselves. The storms each night had us doing contingency plans but they were not needed. We loved the new options of renting kayaks. Newton Hills is a little piece of heaven 35 minutes from Sioux Falls.
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    A minusOverall Rating
    08/20/2018

    Oasis wonderland

    We were on our way home from a very long trip north and couldn't stand another night in a hotel. We discovered on line that Newton State Park was nearby and had cabins. We were lucky to find one available since it was a Sunday night. The cabin was adorable, clean, and air conditioned! The bathroom/shower was large, clean, & close by. We took a drive through the park and it was breathtakingly beautiful. The next morning we hiked and enjoyed the bridges. It was a calm and peaceful oasis.?
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