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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
    12/21/2020

    cozy cabin

    We stayed two nights in cabin 9, and had a nice time. This was a winter stay so we were looking forward to staying in a cozy cabin with outings in between. Cabin 9 has a cove heater on a thermostat, and even though we arrived slightly early (around 3pm), the heater was off, and it was 32 degrees in the cabin. After turning the heater/thermostat up high, it took 5 hours for the cabin to warm up to 60 degrees! It was an uncomfortable start to what ended up being a nice trip. If you stay in Cabin 9 during the winter, you should call ahead and ask them to turn on the heat at least 6 hours in advance of your arrival.
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    A minusOverall Rating
    11/23/2020

    Overnight stay

    Extremely windy during stay but I was tucked into a spot that had pretty good wind block. Didn't notice the wind on the trails at all. Love this place!!
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    A minusOverall Rating
    11/03/2020

    Great Park

    We spent 2 nights with friends in cabins 1, 2, and 7. Cabin 2, where I stayed, felt slightly smaller than the other cabins we have used before (3, 4, 5, 6, and 9), but was cozy nonetheless. Cabins 1, 2, and 7 are also more exposed than the others (which are tucked back into the trees) so they were more affected by the wind. It was extremely windy one night, so we doused our fire and retired early. However some other campers in nearby parts of the park kept their fire stoked very high until very late into the night, despite the 45mph gusts of wind. This was concerning and didn't seem safe, but I don't know if the camp staff was aware of it. Otherwise, the weather was lovely, the trails have been recently refurbished, and we had access to a shower house despite it being off-season. This was a great stay and we are looking forward to returning
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    A minusOverall Rating
    11/03/2020

    Camping and Hiking

    Camping at Newton Hills for Halloween under a full moon was a great way to spend a Saturday. A big draw to this state park is the extensive trail system. Lots of great hiking and the campground area is well cared for with clean facilities.
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