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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

Contact

Good Earth State Park
26924 480th Avenue
Sioux Falls, SD 57108
605.213.1036
Email: GoodEarth@state.sd.us


 

Activities

BirdwatchingHikingHistorical interestSnowshoeing

Programs

Summer 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.

The new constructed Visitor Center (opening May 19) features classrooms, interpretive exhibits and a theatre. There will be ongoing interpretive programming surrounding the history behind Good Earth State Park at Blood Run.

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 House (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

  • One vault bathroom
  • Drinking water
  • At this time, this area may not be accessible to people with some disabilities.

development resources

 

Park Specs

Directions

From I-29 Exit 73 (Tea exit)

From the intersection of 57th Street and Highway 11

Maps

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

Area Attractions

Nearest Town

Harrisburg