State Parks in South Dakota

State Parks in South Dakota
South Dakota is an outdoor enthusiast's paradise, offering a range of opportunities for activities. Visitors to the state parks can learn about the history of the state, which includes the Lewis and Clark expedition and the story of the American Indians who settled much of South Dakota. Hiking, biking, canoeing, camping, fishing and more are available at most of the state park facilities and provide a well-rounded recreational experience at every turn.

Bear Butte State Park

Situated just six miles north of Sturgis, South Dakota, Bear Butte State Park is more than the average state park. Many American Indians believe this land has religious and spiritual significance, which is indicated by the numerous prayer cloths and tobacco ties scattered around the area. Hikers and horseback riders can take advantage of the Centennial Trail, which spans 111 miles. Visitors can enjoy fishing at Bear Butte Lake, where anglers can delight in catching crappies, northern pike and bullheads. This park is open year-round, but only during the day as of December 2009.

Bear Butte State Park
E Hwy 79
Sturgis, SD 57785
(605) 347-5240

Fisher Grove State Park

Located just seven miles east of Redfield, South Dakota, Fisher Grove State Park is actually maintained and managed by the Fisher Grove Country Club. Because of this relationship, there is a scenic, nine-hole golf course situated in close proximity to the park. Canoeing and fishing are available in the James River, and hiking trails line the waterway. Camping is also available in this park, with options for several electrical sites. The park is open year-round, with a nominal entrance fee for visitors.

Fisher Grove State Park
35250 191st St.
Miller, SD 57362
(605) 472-1336

Newton Hills State Park

Just six miles away from Canton, South Dakota, Newton Hills State Park boasts some of the dark forest in the state amidst the more open prairie lands. A spacious, shaded campground here attracts thousands to the area annually for camping adventure and recreational fun. Horseback riders can peruse scenic trails around the park, while bird watching allows visitors to get a glimpse of more than 200 avian species. The park is open year-round, and visitors are admitted for a nominal fee.

Newton Hills State Park
28767 482nd Ave.
Canton, SD 57013
(605) 987-2263

Article Written By Lynda Moultry Belcher

Lynda Moultry Belcher is a writer, editor and public relations professional. She worked for a daily newspaper for 10 years and has been a freelance writer for more than 15 years. She has contributed to Divorce360 and Revolution Health Group, among other publications. She is also the author of "101 Plus-Size Women's Clothing Tips" and writes "Style At Any Size," a bi-weekly newspaper column.

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