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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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    Pallisades in September

    We stayed in one of the cabins. It was nice, quiet, clean and there are plenty of opportunities to go hiking/ walking and enjoying nature, we even went swimming in the river. Pallisades is beautiful, I love all the variety of trees and plant life. Dont leave coolers outside at night though, the raccoons are some crafty buggers and will steal your food given a chance.
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    Stars galore

    We were pleasantly surprised by the little cabin we rented. Also the fire grate and fire pit was placed in a nice usable location. Lots of stars. We also had two racoon guests near our fire pit. They were well behaved and had come to enjoy acorns only. We especially enjoyed the King and Queen walking trail. Lots of really interesting rock structures. Bathrooms were close by and clean. I plan to bring my grandkids next time.
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    Be forewarned

    Having read the state parks website thoroughly, I was under the impression that I was allowed to bring my own firewood as long as it was from in-state. Upon arrival I was asked if I brought firewood. I told her that I brought my own, but it was from in-state. My firewood was confiscated and I was forced to purchase bundles half the size of the bundle I had brought, at $6 each. I was upset, and I feel the bundles were very over-priced. If I wasn't allowed to bring my own wood, this should have been thoroughly outlined on the site, so I didn't waste my own wood on top of overpaying for the wood they provided. Also, the wood they provided burned very poorly.
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    Lovely park. Short but scenic trail walks. Nearby Devils Gulch also worth a visit.
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