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    Description

    Palisades State Park is one of the most unique areas in South Dakota. Split Rock Creek, which flows through the park, is lined with Sioux quartzite formations varying from shelves several feet above the water to 50-foot vertical cliffs. Scenic overlooks and rushing water make Palisades an appealing getaway. The park is popular among campers, photographers, sightseers, picnickers, rock climbers and hikers.

    A perfect site for weddings, reunions and meeting is the lodge at Palisades State Park, open year-round. It has four bedrooms that sleep up to 12 people and also offers a full kitchen, dining area and relaxation room. The back deck has a great view of the creek and Sioux quartzite rock formations. You can reserve the lodge, a campsite or camping cabin by using the online system. Camp sites come with or without electricity, and the one-room cabins sleep four. Furnishings include a set of bunk beds, a double bed, table and benches, with a picnic table, porch and fire grate outside.

    For millions of years, Split Rock Creek cut deep gorges through Palisades State Park. Geologists estimate the Sioux quartzite spires are 1.2 billion years old. Four hiking trails twist and turn through these beautiful Sioux quartzite formations. The cliffs and formations at Palisades are used by rock climbers to practice their scaling and rappelling techniques.

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    Directions

    7 miles N, 1 W of 1-90, Exit 410 near Garretson, SD
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    Amenities

    Onsite

    • 50 Amp Available
    • Accom Big Rigs
    • Tent Sites Available
    • Group Area
    • River
    • Forest Areas
    • Firewood Available
    • Dump Station
    • Picnic Area
    • ADA Accessible
    • Phone
    • Lodging - Other
    • Pets Welcome
    • Quiet Atmosphere
    • Family Park
    • Open Year Round
    • Credit Crd Accepted
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    Nearby

    • Internet Access
    • Laundry
    • Diner/Snack Bar
    • Gas
    • Propane
    • Fitness Equipmt
    • Repair Services
    • Chapel Services
    • Urban Setting
    • Good Shopping
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    Recreation

    Onsite

    • Playground
    • Biking - Road
    • Bird Watching
    • Climbing
    • Fishing
    • Fly Fishing
    • Hiking
    • Outdoor Games
    • Scenic Driving
    • Sightseeing
    • Swimming
    • Wildlife Viewing
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    Nearby

    • Pool
    • Water Slides
    • Rec Room
    • Gaming/Casino
    • Entertainment
    • Golfing
    • Hunting
    • Miniature Golf
    • Skiing -Cr.Country
    • Skiing -Downhill
    • Snowboarding
    • Snowmobiling
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    A minusOverall Rating
    08/15/2019

    Pleasant Palisades

    Good place. Quiet even when filled. Nearby Garretson only has one bar and grill and the food is good, but the prices are out there. No ice cream in Garrison, gotta fly down to Brandon. Racoons have gotten smarter...opened our cooler on the deck and got steaks and brats. 2nd night I left only the ice in and stuffed it under a bench to see if they'd pull it out. They did.
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    A minusOverall Rating
    08/15/2019

    Love it

    Palisades SP= Beautiful. Well kept and clean. Rolling hills. Split Rock Creek. Natural Climbing walls. Gateway to South Dakota.
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    A minusOverall Rating
    08/13/2019

    Weekend Cabin Camping

    We stayed for 2 nights in Cabin 6 and had a great time. Cabin 6 is private, with no campsites right next to it, and has a nice area next to it with a fire pit. Only Cabin 5 had a better view(we walked and looked at them all). We typically tent camp but the slightly higher fee per night was worth having electricity, air conditioning and solid walls/roof. Especially the first night when it rained. The park is close to Sioux Falls yet far enough out that you feel like you are away from civilization and made a good place to stay for our day trip to De Smet.
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    A minusOverall Rating
    08/12/2019

    Great time!

    The campground is very well maintained! The hikes and views are wonderful, so amazing the beauty of the cliffs after driving thru farm land. And the camp host was very friendly.
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