#3 of 13 state parks in South Dakota

Best trails in Palisades State Park, South Dakota

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Explore the most popular trails in Palisades State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Description

Palisades State Park is one of the most interesting areas in the entire state. Split Rock Creek flows through the park and is lined with quartzite geological formations that form 50 foot vertical cliffs. The scenery makes for some truly incredible sights for photographers, hikers, rock climbers, and campers. There is an entry fee of $8/vehicle and campsites can be reserved for $26/night.

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Map of trails in Palisades State Park, South Dakota
Park information
Acreage:
167 acres
Park hours
Monday
6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sunday
6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Contact
605.594.3824
Top trails (2)
#1 - Split Rock Creek Trail: Palisades State Park
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Length: 1.5 mi • Est. 41 m
#2 - South Wall Trail
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Length: 0.4 mi • Est. 11 m
The trail follows the creek, past the site of the old mill dam and on to a popular rock climbing area called the South Wall. The trail then ascends a set of stairs and steps through the middle of a large fracture in the rock giving a close-up view of the quartzite cliffs and dramatic landscape.Show more