Good Earth State Park at Blood Run
Good Earth State Park southeast of Sioux Falls is an important cultural and historical site as well as a unique nature retreat adjacent to the most developed and populated part of our state. The site itself is one of the oldest sites of long-term human habitation in the United States. The river, abundant wildlife, fertile flood plains, availability of pipestone (catlinite) and protection from winds made the area an important gathering place for seasonal ceremonies and a significant trading center for many tribal peoples from 1300 - 1700 A.D.
During this time, occupants were primarily Oneota Tradition Peoples, including Omaha, Ponca, Ioway and Otto, but many other tribes were attracted and participated in trading agricultural product as well as hides, pelts and pipestone (catlinite).
This is the largest Oneota cultural site discovered to date in the upper Midwest. There are two other significant Oneota cultural sites located respectively in southwest Iowa and central Missouri.
48072 270th St.
Sioux Falls, SD 57108
Good Earth State Park
C/O Newton Hills State Park
28767 482nd Avenue
Canton, SD 57013
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Guided nature hikes are offered with registration through the Outdoor Campus at www.outdoorcampus.org.
Facility / Services
- One vault bathroom
- Drinking water
- At this time, this area may not be accessible to people with some disabilities.
The next step for Good Earth State Park is to share its unique story. Several improvements will help visitors enjoy the park even more, while remaining sensitive to the site’s cultural and natural resources.
Planned enhancements to the park include:
Dates are tentative.
- Entrance road and visitor center parking lot, fall 2015
- Visitor center, featuring exhibits and programming focused on the cultural and historical significance of the Blood Run site, winter 2015 to fall 2016
- Visitor center area, with a group shelter, living history area, nature play area and informational trailhead kiosks, summer to fall 2016
- Overlook decks at scenic locations along the trails, fall 2015
- Hiking trails, fall 2015