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Good Earth State Park at Blood Run

Newton Hills

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 Otoe, 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.

Physical Address

26924 480th Ave.
Sioux Falls, SD 57108

GPS Coordinates

N 43.29.157
W 096.36.519


Good Earth State Park
26924 480th Avenue
Sioux Falls, SD 57108



BirdwatchingHikingHistorical interestSnowshoeing


Winter Programs

For program information visit the Good Earth State Park Facebook page, email us or call us at 605.213.1036.

Park Features

Explore on over 650 acres of park with six miles oftrails through prairie, woodland and river bottom. Stop along the way at a picnic shelter or one of the three scenic decks along the trails for a breath taking view.

Visitor Center Hours

Summer Hours (Open House Weekend - Labor Day)
- Monday - Wednesday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Thursday - Sunday 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Winter Hours (Labor Day - Open House Weekend)
-Monday - Saturday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sunday 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Park Hours

May 1 - September 30 - Park is closed 11 p.m. - 6 a.m.

October 1 - April 30 - Park is closed 9 p.m. - 6 a.m.

Facility / Services

  • Visitor Center
  • Interpretive exhibit and film
  • Picnic shelter
  • Hiking Trails
  • Year round educational programming
  • Snowshoe checkout
  • Drinking Water

development resources


Park Specs


From I-29 Exit 73 (Tea exit)

From the intersection of 57th Street and Highway 11


Location Map
Trail map and guide
Jay Heath Canoe and Kayak Trail Map (Big Sioux River)

Area Attractions

Nearest Town



Camping fees are subject to sales tax.

Park entrance license required year-round

Park entrance license required year-round.

Temporary: Daily license $4 per person or $6 per vehicle.

Annual: $30 first vehicle | $15 for second vehicle | $65 transferable license