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.

Three separate hikes in this park. All are fairly easy but very picturesque. One could easily spend hours on the bank of this creek fishing and relaxing.

I'm a beginning hiker. . . And mostly interested in hiking as a family activity. We had a blast on this trail! Palisades State Park is a lot of fun to crawl around in.

"Hiked" this in the fall. The best views are really from the bridge, it's a short walk though, so you might as well spend a half hour on it. Devil's Gulch hike is about a mile north of this trail and is pretty neat too.

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2 years ago

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Although this is a trail in the smallest State Park in South Dakota it is a diamond. the Quartzite rock formations draw rock climbers from around the region. This is a great place to hang out for an afternoon, watch the river for Kingfishers and other birds, watch climbers. Very family friendly. Best to go in Spring, Summer or Fall. I'm rating it a 4 for it's beauty but not a 5 because it's short.

4 years ago

This is a short trail used by climbers. It runs along the Split Rock Creek and below the cliffs. This is a very scenic park and a great place to go rock climbing .

4 years ago

Did the trail in the winter. Very short trail, only rated 3 stars because of the views of the river and rock formations.

Did the hike in winter. Enjoyed the solitude. Saw many signs of wildlife with the fresh snow. The whole park is very scenic.