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Address: 25495 485th Avenue, Garretson, SD 57030
Phone Number: 605.594.3824
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A small park with a big view

Well let's face it, Eastern SD is flat or if one is generous, rolling hills which has a beauty all of it own. So when you see the sign to Palisades State Park, you wonder what... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 12, 2015
Craig M
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Atlanta, Georgia
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201 reviews 201 reviews
24 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Well let's face it, Eastern SD is flat or if one is generous, rolling hills which has a beauty all of it own. So when you see the sign to Palisades State Park, you wonder what could this be - more of the same - well no its not. This is a small but dynamic park loaded with history and... More 

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Brandon, South Dakota
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

The makeup of lower-eastern South Dakota is usually pretty flat and boring, not to mention mostly farmland. This place is a hidden away treasure with large, beautiful rock formations that are unmatched on this side of the state. This park has a great place for swimming, fires, and outdoor cooking. As a photographer, this places offers unique photos that cannot... More 

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South Dakota
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

We bought a South Dakota state park membership so that we could visit Palisades State Park more than once. It has enough trails and rocks to climb over to keep you and your family busy all day. There are rock walls that you're allowed to climb (with proper equipment). There are hiking trails with varying terrain. When we took family... More 

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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118 reviews 118 reviews
34 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Fall foilage and unbelievable sites greeted us on entrance to this park. Our weekday visit was solitary making it easy to take photos and hike. Leaving the park, we saw our first visitor. It's a small park but one that should not be missed.

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Omaha, Nebraska
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

We were looking for a new place to explore, tent camp and kayak, fairly close to home. This park was such a pleasant surprise! It is small but amazingly awesome! We spent 3 nights here. The trails (on paper) are short, but we spent so much time exploring, jumping the rocks across the creek and having fun that they actually... More 

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

After a less than pleasant experience at another state park in a neighboring state, we were a little apprehensive about what we would find. This is a beautiful, clean and quiet state park. It's very well maintained, and every staff member we encountered was friendly and ready to help. We went sight seeing one day only to find that the... More 

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Iowa
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

We spent a Friday night at a cozy camping cabin Friday night. The park is absolutely beautiful! So much to see and explore. We spent all day walking the trails, climbing rocks and playing in the creek. The park was very quiet and peaceful, not super crowded. Very clean. Staff was friendly and polite. he cabin was only $40 a... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Palisades is one of the cleanest, most well kept state parks in which I have ever stayed. Beautiful Navajo quartz formations along the river and short, easy hikes which lead to scenic river views. It is not a large park by any stretch of the imagination, but perfect for a day trip or a stop if you are just passing... More 

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Cedar Falls, Iowa
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

The sights are wonderful. Loved the peacefulness during the day. As soon as 10 pm came around so did the trains. Its 2am right now and train whistles are still blowing its awful.I can handle the 10 raccoon's that have taken over our site. What I can't deal with are the drunk loud neighbors screaming and letting off what I... More 

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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23 reviews 23 reviews
17 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

There is some neat history to read here and the hiking is great. We saw people rock climbing, it appeared to be an organized group, not affiliated with the park but I could see how it was a great location for that. It's really peaceful and I honestly wasn't expecting the cliffs and rock formations, you drive into the park... More 

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