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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
    07/08/2020

    Hohum

    Very nice park. Walking trails are beautiful and shaded. Lake Lakota near by. Sites are nice size not too close to neighbors. Wished the bathrooms were little better taken care of. I think maintenance needs to work on the showers in the family bathrooms. Plumbing issues in those. Would of been nice to see state park employees drive through a little more besides the workers that were there to paint, clean, trim trees and cut grass.
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    A minusOverall Rating
    07/08/2020

    Poor service, filthy facilities

    A sign posted on their Guest Service door stated due to COVID-19, that if you had a reservation to just go directly to our site & our information would be placed on our post. We arrived on Friday, July 3rd. When I went to purchase wood on Saturday evening, 3 employees present, I could see one “busy” on his iPhone in a side office, one “busy” on a back computer & a young man waited on me. I inquired about our reservation info. not being posted yet, which usually provides activities for the weekend, I was told “they” were out being posted. It wasn’t until Sunday evening. I also called Guest Services & inquired about the lack of our American flag flying at the entrance to the park since it was of course July 4th & was told a rope had broken, I saw two present on the pole. Then the restrooms, YIKES!!! One would think with all their alarms on their e-mails about taking precautions being taken because of COVID-19 & their “concern” for our safety, they would be able to replace the cheap $5.00 mold/mildew shower curtains from LAST YEAR!!! As far as security, or lack there of, nuf said. Very disappointed holiday weekend for the raised prices & NOTHING to show for it.
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    A minusOverall Rating
    07/08/2020

    Relaxing weekend

    We camped at Newton Hills south of Canton, SD over the fourth of July weekend. We had a great spacious campsite with mature trees that provided great shade for the hot weekend. The campground is not far from our house but yet we feel like we are far away. There is a nice lake close to the campground also for those to swim or fish.
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    A minusOverall Rating
    07/07/2020

    Great Campground/Trails/Parks - Lake Lakota Need Attention

    Overall, we had a pleasant experience at Newton Hills. I camped here often as a kid and love that I can take my kids here now. I didn't use the restroom facilities at the park, but the campground, park equipment, were clean and taken care of. However, Lake Lakota could use EXTRA attention. The sand on the beach is more like a stone/sand mix and its a bit of a challenge dodging all the goose droppings everywhere. All over the beach, the grass, the parking lot...I understand you can't control wild animals, but you could have a park employee or two focus on cleaning up the area each morning to avoid such issues. This would allow for a much more pleasant experience for beach goers. Thank you!
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