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Canton - Newton Hills State Park

28767 482nd Avenue

Newton Hills State Park was named after William Newton who settled in the area in the 1850s. Newton's wife was a mid-wife; until the 1870s, she was the only European American north of Vermillion who could deliver babies and cure the sick.

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 buried gold, robbers' hideouts and horse thieves.


Julia Kent

Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018
One of our favorite state parks. Lots of neat trails, a suspension bridge and cool sites. In October they have a lantern lit night hike that is a lot of fun.

Daniel Patterson

Thursday, March 1, 2018
Great place to spend the weekend. Plenty of stuff to do.

Kristen Cross

Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017
This is a nice campground. Coming from someone that does not camp and does not particularly enjoy being outside, that's a pretty nice compliment. The park is clean, clean, clean! And the bathrooms are too. That's huge in my book. If I were a camper, I would camp here.

Steve Holtrop

Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017
Beautiful park. A variety of trails. Foot bridges, streams, ravines, mix of deep woods, campgrounds, and some prairie sections.

Dan The Wizard

Saturday, June 17, 2017
This park is near the South Dakota border of Minnesota and Iowa. It's got a lot of clean decent camping spots and some camping cabins, my favorite. A few of the cabins are set in the trees so the feeling is more solitary, and other cabins are out in the middle of everything, I don't care to be out in the open, so I choose the ones hidden. The swimming beach is nice, the water is a little murky, but it is a lake, not a pool, there are a few spots to cook near the beach, and a shower head to rinse off after swimming. Lots of parking near the beach, and just a couple hundred feet away is a dock for fishing, and opposite that is a dock for kayaks renting for $15, good deal. There is also a boat ramp near the beach. The campground has all kinds of activities and games, just ask for a schedule, they have movies in the woods on a giant screen, surrounded by dense woods, it's an excellent place for kids, they have regular outdoor events like animal information and identifying classes and birding events. All around one of the better deals for someone on a budget, like me. Be sure to seek out the observation tower and the trails near it! It will be a joy.

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