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    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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    7 miles N, 1 W of 1-90, Exit 410 near Garretson, SD
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    • 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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    • Internet Access
    • Laundry
    • Diner/Snack Bar
    • Gas
    • Propane
    • Fitness Equipmt
    • Repair Services
    • Chapel Services
    • Urban Setting
    • Good Shopping
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    • Playground
    • Biking - Road
    • Bird Watching
    • Climbing
    • Fishing
    • Fly Fishing
    • Hiking
    • Outdoor Games
    • Scenic Driving
    • Sightseeing
    • Swimming
    • Wildlife Viewing
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    • Pool
    • Water Slides
    • Rec Room
    • Gaming/Casino
    • Entertainment
    • Golfing
    • Hunting
    • Miniature Golf
    • Skiing -Cr.Country
    • Skiing -Downhill
    • Snowboarding
    • Snowmobiling
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    First time camping

    I have hiked many times and have always enjoyed it. My camping experience was fantastic! Bathrooms were clean and campsite was tidy! Will definitely camp again!
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    Fantastic..above and beyond.

    My wife reserved a campsite at Big Sioux Rec Area. We drove 7 hours pulling a TT arrived after 9 pm on Fri, only to find out she made an error and reserved Sat-Mon. Park employees went out of their way to help us find a campsite. Talked on the phone with a very calming guy named Dante. Within about 5-8 minutes he had our reservation switched to Palisades for F-Sun and couldn't have been better. The Park attendant was terrific young man as well and I thank all involved. Palisades was beautiful, great space in the campsite we had, very clean everywhere we went. Hiking trails were great, campground host was friendly and fun to visit with and the Palisades and smaller rock formations were so interesting to see, climb, photograph. Highly recommend this little gem of a state park!
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    October 2020 Wedding

    We had a very small wedding at the lodge, also renting several of the cabins nearby. Gorgeous location for a wedding. Lodge and cabins were very clean. We had a just about perfect weekend!
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    Small park but we tent so no problem getting in or out. Beautiful natural Sioux Quartzide bluffs. Interesting area history
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