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Newton Hills State Park
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It is always a great day for a picnic in the park.
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28767 482nd Avenue
Canton, South Dakota   57013

Phone: 605-987-2263
Reservations: 800-710-2267
Email: park email button icon
Glaciers created this narrow strip of rolling hills and forest that is part of the geological formation called the Coteau des Prairie, which extends along the eastern boundary of South Dakota. At its highest point, the Coteau rises to more than 2,000 feet above sea level. Artifacts and burial mounds found near the park indicate that a Woodland Indian Culture inhabited this region between 300 B.C. and 900 A.D. The area's unique dark forest, amidst a vast open prairie, has prompted many recent legends, including of buried gold, robbers' hideouts and horse thieves.
Nature of the Area
If you're interested in bird-watching, Newton Hills is definitely the place to be. More than 200 species of birds visit the area each year. White-tailed deer, marmots, rabbits, red and gray fox and squirrels are also found within the park. Wild Merriam turkeys have been transplanted into the park and are often seen during walks or drives.

Hunting is allowed within the park during designated seasons, but uncased bows and firearms are not allowed within the park's campgrounds.

Six-mile multi-use trail through dense oak and basswood forest. Woodland Trail is listed in the registry of National Recreation Trails.
A quiet, shady campground draws thousands of campers each year to Newton Hills. Campers can stay in the campground, or in one of five camping cabins. Also available is the park's Rent-A-Camper. For $65 a night, campers can stay in a camper complete with air-conditioning, fridge and stove.

After a day on the trail, horseback riders can head for the park's equestrian camp. The trail camp provides facilities for both day and overnight park users, which include vault toilets, water, large parking areas and day and overnight horse corrals.

If you are planning a family get-together, the park has 20' x 20' and 20' x 40' canopy tents available for rent. Please contact the park office for price/details.
Enjoy fishing in two bodies of water, Sergeant Creek and Lake Lakota. Species include catfish, walleye, bass and crappie. A wheelchair-accessible dock is available at the lake for convenience. Ice fishing during winter months offers a unique experience too.

Newton Hills State Park is located near Sioux Falls
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Newton Hills State Park offers picnic shelters with grills, tables and restrooms. It also allows picnicking at various scenic spots.
In this park, biking enthusiasts can explore over six miles of trails. However, the terrain is challenging and hilly.

The trail system includes both paved paths suitable for casual riders and dirt tracks designed for mountain bikers.

Bikers should be aware that these routes are shared with horseback riders and pedestrians; caution must always be exercised to avoid accidents.

During winter months, some trails may not be accessible due to snowfall or icy conditions - it's advisable to check before visiting.

Riders need a permit which they can purchase at the entrance station or online prior their visit.

Remember: helmets are highly recommended as safety precautions on all bike rides in this area.

Please note that night riding isn't allowed within park boundaries - plan your trip accordingly during daylight hours only.
Birdwatchers can spot over 200 bird species, including warblers and flycatchers. The park also hosts an annual Birding Festival.
Area Attractions
Newton Hills hosts numerous folk music concerts in conjunction with the Friends of Traditional Music. One of the most popular concerts, the Sioux River Folk Festival, is held annually on the first weekend in August.

Nearby Attractions

Union Grove State Park, Beaver Creek Nature Area

Lake Alvin Recreation Area for swimming, boating and fishing

Spirit Mound Historic Prairie

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
June 8 Our worst ever camping experience.
park review stars; one to five We came in on a Sunday afternoon without making online reservations. The staff had extreme difficulty registering us. We stated several times we were leaving Friday morning, but on Thursday afternoon we were asked to leave because the staff had registered us as leaving on Thursday, and one of our sites was reserved by someone else for Thursday eve. The staff was totally indifferent to our situation and made no apologies or attempts to rectify their mistake. We were very disgusted and will not return to this park to camp for a very long time.
June 26 Best Park
park review stars; one to five This park is great... I think it has 6 miles of trails and you can rent out equipment for free.. (besides the bikes) and if your looking for a great cabin id recommend cabin 3 or 4 And there lodge is super fancy it is way nicer than I could have expected
January 26 great park by CDH
park review stars; one to five has alot to do and very clean
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