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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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    It was right around 11pm on the first night and we had a park ranger come tell us we had to be quite, all we were doing was sitting there by the fire talking, he walked back by and said to us girls you need to keep it down its quite time. Then the second night we got told to keep it down again so we just went inside at that point. I paid to camp here and I understand you have a quite time but for real 11pm. They play the same old magic school bus movies, I think they could get something better, I get you want them to be educational but I think every once and awhile you can splurge and pick a up to date move. The only thing that was cool about Newton Hills is the bikes you can rent my kids love them, I think you should be able to rent them a little longer. I am still not sure if I will come back! Ps the last time I camped here it was not like this so I don't know if the rules have changed.
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    August visit

    We had a great visit. As I was attending a convention in Sioux Falls, my husband and granddaughter were hitting the trails. Easy to follow trail map. My only complaint would be not enough trail miles. We will likely stop again when travelling to trails even further from home. Will be a great spot to rest, relax, get an easy ride in and then travel on.
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    Labor Day 18

    The park was terrific!! There was something for everyone, tons of activities. The trails were great, even for someone out of shape like me. The views were great. Definitely going to go back!!!
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    A minusOverall Rating

    Great place just not service

    We love this campground and will always return however we didn't have the best welcome when we arrived. The lady was rude and I have never experienced this before down there. She was an older lady and just didn't seem like she was very happy to be there. Sad
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