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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!

Dane LaFleur

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

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.

James Holmes

Saturday, June 9, 2018
Just drove through but it is beautiful.

Josh Thordarson

Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Love a lot of things about this place and normally would give a 5 star review if not for today's experience. The problem here is that you have to book ahead of time "so the staff can clean the cabins." Yet whenever I'm there, I see staff picking up sticks or cleaning bathrooms or talking to campers. So how are there ZERO cabins out of EIGHT that are clean on a Tuesday? I'd be willing to bet some of these cabins have been empty since Saturday, yet there's nothing clean that you can rent out three days later? Maybe rearrange some priorities, because there's no doubt that you lost out on $40+ today and angered a regular camper, and for what? What have your staff been doing since the weekend?? I understand it might be slightly more inconvenient to have to take credit card info over the phone, but you've got to understand that some people don't have a set schedule until the DAY OF. I literally had to cancel a meeting this morning just so I could try to go camping on one of my few, random days off this summer; it's as much of a last minute decision for me as it is for you to accept the booking. Not to mention, people often don't know the weather until the day of, either. You've gotta be prepared for some last minute bookings!!

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