Hidden Gem

by Justin Larson on September 5, 2013 · 0 comments

Tucked away along the banks of Split Rock Creek, just south of Garretson, South Dakota is Palisades State Park. Sitting on 157 acres and surrounded by quartzite formations, hundreds of oak trees and the rushing water of Split Rock Creek below it make this easily one of South Dakota’s most unique and picturesque state parks.

A couple weeks ago I had a chance to explore the park and quickly realized I have been missing out! With walking trails along the creek it gives the visitor an awesome view up and down the stream and an up-close look at these quartzite formations that are over a billion years old and which stand more than 50 feet high. This is a very popular area for local rock climbers of all skills. The area is also known for where legend Jesse James leaped over the canyon to flee from lawmen.

The park offers 37 camping sites, 6 camping cabins and a lodge that you can rent. Most of the camping sites offer electric hook-ups.

Palisades State Park is a place where the whole family can find something to do. Canoeing, rock-climbing, walking, photography, or just plain enjoying the beautiful outdoors, Palisades is a great place for it all.


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