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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.


April Schieler

Thursday, May 10, 2018
Great park close to Sioux Falls. Stayed in cabin C4, which was off by itself and really peaceful. Hiked over 6 miles, hammocked, and relaxed by the fire. Had a great time. Have been here dozens of times over 30+ years and will keep coming back!

Amy Van Zandt

Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018
I spent awhile there and it was amazibg. The staff wss wonderful and the camp hosts always made sure I was ok and safe. Best place to camp clean and wonderful areas to explain

Kirk Nelson

Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018
Great park for hiking and camping. There is lots to do.

Chris Grant

Tuesday, July 10, 2018
The horse camp is slowly going into disrepair and neglect as are the trails. 20 years of coming here and this year the trail neglect and camp neglect is the worst. wheelbarrows all full of manure havnt been emptied for the weekend campers coming in on a friday, trees across trails that have been there for over a month, mis-booking sites, broken toilet seat that has been that way for at least 2 months. weeds crowding the trails. it is sad because the horse camp is full most weekends.

Dane LaFleur

Sunday, June 17, 2018
A beautiful area in a terrible state. Come here for a wonderful time

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