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Palisades State Park

25495 485th Ave, Garretson, South Dakota 57030 USA

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  • Wheelchair
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“Unique Terrain and Break Taking Views!”

Palisades State Park, located in southeastern South Dakota in the town of Garretson, is the second smallest state park in South Dakota. At 157 acres in area, the park is quite small compared to the vastness of other state parks in South Dakota. Although compact in size, this park packs a powerful visual punch, and the history of the area—complete with larger-than-life legends and tales—more than compensates for its small size. The Coteau des Prairies, a flatiron-shaped plateau formed by glacial movement, is home to Palisades State Park. Known for its unique terrain and breathtaking views, Palisades State Park is a mecca for rock climbers, hikers, and campers.

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Reviewed by
Sara Parrilli

  • 4 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
July 10, 2018
Rated 5.0

A wonderful place to rest and rejuvenate on a long road trip. Well-tended campgrounds and unique geological features by the river. Short little hikes. I lay down on a rock and relaxed in the 3” of water that overflowed from the river.

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Reviewed by
stephhellard

  • 10 Reviews
  • 5 Helpful
May 25, 2018
Rated 3.0

This state park had some great hikes, though short- can do all of them in one afternoon. The park is super small, not a huge area for exploring. Campground itself was good enough, sites were well spread out and facilities were good. Shower wasnt hot but fine. Staff were helpful, and sites were flat and close to either a creek or the river. Overpriced for an unpowered tent site, in my opinion.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Tatiana Danger

  • Road Warrior
  • 1,169 Reviews
  • 874 Helpful
October 19, 2015
Rated 4.0

A really well-maintained state park. Visited here in early October of 2015 with my two-year old. Lots of place to run around, and very pretty scenic views of the rocks. I'd recommend stopping here for a picnic when on the road. It's a nice detour.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
jennafieser

  • 3 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
July 08, 2020
Rated 5.0

Great camp site, great locals, wonderful grocery store- so happy we made this stop!

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jennafieser

  • 3 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
July 08, 2020
Rated 5.0

Great camp site! Easy to get to. The locals were really friendly and their grocery store was fantastic.

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Reviewed by
parkyacar

  • 2 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
July 20, 2016

Ditto on the last two reviews!

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Reviewed by
dkpelyal

  • 5 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
July 18, 2016
Rated 5.0

What a camp site!! Tent here is just awesome....

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Reviewed by
audrebri

  • 25 Reviews
  • 16 Helpful
July 04, 2015
Rated 4.0

Stopped here for a picnic & stroll. Nice place.

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Reviewed by
kevincorcoranjr

  • 6 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
June 09, 2015
Rated 2.0

I'd skip this place. Staff is friendly, but camp sites are over priced ($21). (We woke up to a loud train horn and a janitor coming to clean our fire pit early in the morning... Privacy?)

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Palisades State Park

25495 485th Ave
Garretson, South Dakota
57030 USA

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  • Parking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Restrooms
  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Credit Cards Accepted
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State park or forest
Back In RV Sites Count
20
Max Stay
14
Season End
Year Round
Season Start
Year Round
Sites Count
34
  • Paved Sites
  • Fifty Amp
  • Full Hookup
  • Dump Station
  • Big Rigs
  • Back In RV Sites
  • Firewood
  • Laundry
  • Potable Water
  • Reservations
  • Sewer Hookup
  • Showers
  • Sites
  • Slide Outs
  • Vehicle Wash Permitted
  • Water Hookup
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