South Dakota November 02, 2016
Get Your Outdoor Fix At These 10 State Parks In South Dakota
South Dakota is home to 56 state parks and recreational centers, all of which showcase the state’s jaw-dropping beauty. With the Fall season in full spring, what better time than now to travel and see the outstanding landscapes the state has to offer? Here are the top 10 to get you started.
1. Custer State Park, Custer
Known for its historic sites, remarkable campgrounds, stunning scenic drive and diverse wildlife, Custer State Park has been attracting visitors since the early 1900s.
2. Newton Hills State Park, Canton
The state park is part of the Coteau des Praire, a land formation along the state’s eastern boundary. Home to more than 200 species of birds, this is the place to be if you’re an avid birdwatcher.
3. Lake Herman State Park, Madison
Visit this state park if you want truly impressive views of Lake Herman. Open year-round for seasonal activities including camping, hiking, fishing and boating, Lake Herman is a perfect family getaway destination.
4. Palisades State Park, Garretson
Split Rock Creek flows through the park lined with stunning cliffs and unique rock formations. Visitors often enjoy rock climbing, hiking and camping.
5. Bear Butte State Park, Sturgis
As one of the many intrusions of igneous rock formed millions of years ago in the Black Hills, the mountain of Bear Butte State Park is sacred to many Native American tribes.
6. Sica Hallow State Park, Sisseton
Designated as a National Natural Landmark, Sica Hollow consists of rolling hills and stunning ravines. The Dakota Sioux once used an area of this park as their hunting ground, and it is thought that the tree-filled region is haunted.
7. Hartford Beach State Park, Corona
This state park is the right destination for you if you enjoy camping among natural beauty in a native wooded forest. Big Stone Lake runs through this state park, and trust me when I say that the lakeside sunsets are out-of-this-world.
8. Snake Creek Recreation Area, Platte
This park is popular among boaters, fisherman, birdwatchers and hikers and praised for its daily upkeep. The beautiful campground on the Missouri River is the perfect place to stargaze.
9. Oakwood Lakes State Park, Bruce
Once frequented as an annual gathering spot and summer camp for Native Americans, this park is located among eight glacial lakes and is an ideal spot for family camping. This park is also home to an educational visitor center that displays historic items found in the area.
10. Rocky Point Recreation Area, Belle Fourche
Located on an 8,000 acre reservoir, Rocky Point is a hidden jewel surrounded by the rolling prairie. It is also a popular place for walleye fishing and kayaking.
Are there other state parks that should have made the list? Let us know!