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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
    11/10/2019

    Cozy cabins

    We stayed in one of the cabins as I am still recovering from a broken ankle and getting in and out of a tent would be difficult. The cabin was wonderful for the price: heat/AC, bed, table to play games on in the evening. The door and porch faced away from the road so we had privacy while cooking our dinner. Comfort station was clean (and there was hot water and enough water pressure to wash my hair!).
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    A minusOverall Rating
    11/04/2019

    Palisades State Park - Review

    Great campground. Can accommodate some larger rigs. Ours is a 42' fifth wheel. If you take the lower loop, there are 2 bridges that must be crossed. The bridges are load limited. We were able to cross with a 8800# truck and 24,000# Rig. If you are traveling with a Class A, verify before you pull into the lower campground. There is also a steep hill and sharp turn to get out of this loop. Going up the steep hill, we were near dragging bottom. Coming around the sharp turn, take a very wide swing. We missed the tree by inches. If you are not skilled, you may want to avoid this campground for now. As we were told, in the next year (late 2020 or 2021), the campground is expanding and the new upper loop will be much easier to navigate. The bathhouses are relatively new (at least close to updated). They were very, very clean. There is a community water to fill up a rig. There is no water on the RV site. There is a dump station. No sewer on site. We did have a 50A space. In October, the park is very quiet. There were only about 5 RV's in the park. The campground host was on site. We never saw them or needed them. They were on the back of the back loop. The river was low in October. It was easy to see where there had been previous flooding. Be aware if you park on the lower loop. As for the road outside the park, it is in terrible condition. You will take a beating. If you need propane or food stock, there is the very small town of Garretson about 8 minutes away. If you need Walmart, go to Sioux Falls about 30 minutes away. Nearby attraction is the Jesse and James Hideout Cave in Devils Gulch Park (Garretson, SD).
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    A minusOverall Rating
    10/30/2019

    Secluded

    Each site only has a couple close to it so can have a small group and be very secluded from other people if you want to.
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    A minusOverall Rating
    10/28/2019

    Can't wait until next time

    This is a very hard park to get into because it is a smaller campground. But it is worth the wait. Lots to do and see within just a few miles. We will most definitely be coming again, next year hopefully. Facilities were nice and clean, sites are large compared to a lot of other state parks. 3 days just isn't enough time to enjoy everything the area has to offer.
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