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Palisades State Park

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Palisades State Park is now using the new entrance. Please be sure to use the entrance at 48422 256th Street

Palisades State Park is one of the most unique areas in South Dakota. Split Rock Creek, which flows through the park, is lined with Sioux quartzite formations varying from shelves several feet above the water to 50-foot vertical cliffs. Scenic overlooks and rushing water make Palisades a popular getaway. The park is popular among campers, photographers, sightseers, picnickers, rock climbers and hikers.

 A huge flour mill was once located on the bluff overlooking the park. The mill was powered by a large water-wheel installed along the rushing Split Rock Creek. The once-bustling town of Palisades grew up around the success of the mill. In 1886, silver was discovered downstream. The silver ore proved to be low in quality, however, and the nearly 300 claims were quickly dropped.

For millions of years, Split Rock Creek cut deep gorges through Palisades State Park. Geologists estimate the Sioux quartzite spires are 1.2 billion years old. Four hiking trails twist and turn through these beautiful Sioux quartzite formations. The cliffs and formations at Palisades are used by rock climbers to practice their scaling and rappelling techniques. Bolting is not allowed on the quartzite formations. Please contact the park before you head out for other climbing regulations.

Palisades Expansion

In 2019, Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) along with South Dakota Parks and Wildlife Foundation (SDPWF) secured land purchase agreements that will provide for park expansion and additional recreational opportunities. Governor Noem’s 2019 legislative budget included $500,000 towards the project, in addition to SDPWF raising over $1,000,000 to match Governor Noem's and GFP’s commitment to the expansion. The park will grow from 167 acres to 435 acres; with the new property following Split Rock Creek to the South.

To date GFP has installed the primary road system, camping pads with a gravel base, and several acres of habitat and woody vegetation. In 2024 the park opened the new entrance. With this, guests are able to enjoy a new welcome center for better customer service experience, 77 new campsites, a new dump station, 4 additional camping cabins, and new day use area. The day use provides several additional resources from fish and kayaking to shelters and picnics. More trails have also been established connecting the original park to the expansion area. Possible future development includes more trails, Archery Range, Disc Golf and more! If you wish to donate to the Palisades expansion, reach out to the park or the South Dakota Parks and Wildlife Foundation.

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  • Biking (on park roads)
  • Birdwatching
  • Fishing
  • Fishing Pole Checkout
  • Geocaching
  • Hiking
  • Historical Interest
  • Hunting
  • Interpretive Signs
  • Lawn Game Checkout
  • Picnicking
  • Rock Climbing
  • Stargazing
  • Volleyball
  • Volleyball Checkout
  • Walking (on park roads)
  • Wildlife Watching
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  • Daily: $8 per vehicle
  • Annual: $36 first vehicle | $18 second vehicle (with coupon) | $80 transferable license

    Purchase Online

  • Campsites - electrical: $26 per night
  • Campsites - non-electrical: Tent-only: $15 per night
  • Camping Cabins: $55 per night
  • Group Lodge: $280 per night
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Park Specs

Open: Year-round. Between Oct. 1 and April 30, showers, flush toilets and other water systems may be closed. Please contact the park directly for current status. Vault toilets usually remain open.

Park Size: 34 campsites, 6 camping cabins and a group lodge

Directions: 10 miles north of I-90, Brandon Exit 406

Nearest Town: Garretson

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Make Reservations

Make reservation online or call 1.800.710.2267.

Contact Info

Palisades State Park
48422 256th St
Garretson, SD 57030
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  • ADA/Accessible Features
  • Campground(s)
  • Camping Cabin(s)
  • Drinking Water
  • Electrical Campsite(s)
  • Flush Toilets
  • Group Picnic Shelter(s)
  • Hiking Trail(s)
  • Historical Site(s)
  • Picnic Tables
  • Playground(s)
  • Pollinator Plot(s)
  • Self-serve Entrance Kiosk(s)
  • Showers
  • Tent-only Campsite(s)
  • TRACK Trail(s)
  • Vault Toilets (open year-round)
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Modern Lodging

The group lodge at Palisades offers increased comforts in an outdoor setting any time of the year.

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ADA / Accessible

  • Camping Cabin(s)
  • Campsite(s)
  • Flush Toilets
  • Group Lodge
  • Group Picnic Shelter(s)
  • Picnic Tables
  • Showers
  • Vault Toilets (open year-round)
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GPS Coordinates

Latitude: 43.68764
Longitude: -96.51717
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