As any South Dakotan knows, our state is full of beauty and adventure. We all have a soft spot in our hearts for some of the state’s more popular tourist areas, recognizing the wonder that draws people from near and far. However, there are some places that even native South Dakotans might not know about. You may be surprised by what made the list of best kept secrets in South Dakota.
1. Hippie Hole near Keystone, SD
Take a hike up to this stunning swimming hole complete with a waterfall. Come here to swim, picnic, sunbathe, and enjoy one of SD's best kept secrets. The easiest way to access this beauty is by hiking along Battle Creek.
2. Buffalo Roundup
Especially for younger generations, the Buffalo Roundup that takes place in Custer State Park every year might be a surprise. This main event is watching the cowboys and cowgirls driving the herd of buffalo. There are also arts and crafts booths and more. To see 1300 buffalo all at once like this is truly a magical experience.
3. Palisades State Park
Though it is the second smallest state park in South Dakota, it is brimming with unique experiences. Palisades is located near Garretson, SD and features the perfect river for kayaking, quartzite rocks perfect for climbing and trails with jaw-dropping views for hiking. Butterflies, wild turkeys, deer and more call this park home. If you are lucky enough to visit, camping and cabins are available in this stunning park.
4. Storybook Land
Located in the northeast part of the state near Aberdeen, Storybook Land is a magical park filled with classic riddles and rhymes brought to life. Kids and parents alike love visiting Storybook Land and seeing Jack and Jill and Humpty Dumpty. It is set to open for the summer on April 15th.
5. Spring Creek Resort and Deep Water Marina
Just north of Pierre you will find the oasis that is Spring Creek Resort and Deep Water Marina. Come ready to fish, hunt, and sail because this place offers it all (in different seasons, of course). You can stay and eat on site in the lodge, making this a perfect spot for your next getaway.
6. Sand Lake Wildlife Refuge
The Refuge is located in north central South Dakota and is made up of eight counties. Ring-necked pheasants, white-tailed deer, and thousands of waterfowl call the Refuge home. You can take a stunning drive through the park between April and October. Be sure to do it in the early morning or late afternoon for your best shot at seeing wildlife.
Who else is ready for a road trip after reading about all of these awesome places? Can you believe these are all located in the state of South Dakota? We truly are blessed to live such a beautiful and adventure-filled place.