Hidden Gem Campsites Near Sioux Falls

Dated: 05/18/2018

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The truth about camping is that not everyone loves it.  For some, it is too barbaric and a lot of work.  For others, it is a pastime that involves relaxation, fresh air, and time with friends and family.  A time to sit by the campfire, tell stories, enjoy a beverage or two and just be.  To enjoy evenings like this, the campsite may make all the difference!  Here are 3 campgrounds near Sioux Falls that I personally have found to be extra enjoyable! 

Palisades State Park-Garretson, SD 

Just a few minutes north of Sioux Falls lies one of the most unique state park settings in Eastern South Dakota, .  Due to the Sioux quartzite formations lining the Split Rock Creek, which runs through the park, Palisades State Park is a very popular destination to hikers, photographers, sightseers and of course, nature lovers.  These formations range in all sizes and can jet out the banks up to 50 feet high. These cliffs have become popular among climbers practicing their scaling and rapelling techniues, although bolting lines into the rock is not allowed.  Here's an interesting fact for you: geologists have estimated the quartzite found at Palisades State Park to be almost 1.2 billion years old!!! If you aren't into climbing the formations and just want to enjoy the view, 4 hiking trails wind in and out of the rock for your viewing pleasure. 

The Palisades State Park campground contains 34 campsites (both electric and non-electric), 6 cabins able to sleep 4 a piece, and a very cute group lodge that can sleep up to 15 people.  

Overhead view of cliffs
Bridge over Split Rock Creek
Cliff formation

Big Sioux Recreation Area-Brandon, SD 

In my opinion the Big Sioux Recreation Area is a great campground due the fact that it is within minutes of Sioux Falls in the heart of Brandon.  The best part is campers still feel like they are outside of town and are not bothered by the hustle bustle of the city.  The campground sits on the west edge of Brandon but due to the placement in the valley and mass amounts of trees, the commotion of town is not an issue.  This campground is popular among disc golfers, archers, canoers, & hikers.  In the winter months, the campground features a warming house for those enjoying the nearby snowmobile trails. 

The Big Sioux Recreation Area has 49 campsites and 3 cabins.  For activities, the campground has an archery range, disc golf course, volleyball court, and horse shoe pits. 

Rental cabin
Kayak view
Frisbee golf

Randall Creek Recreation Area-Pickstown, SD 

Space, space, and more space!  Campsites are so peaceful at Randall Creek due to the large area in between sites and the serene banks of the Missouri River. This campground is a little bit further from Sioux Falls, about a 2 hour drive south.  Randall Creek is popular among campers for boating, fishing, canoeing/kayaking, and bird watching.  An area of the park is named a Natural National Landmark due to the majesic bald eagles that roost there.  The eagles roost about 50 feet from the shoreline in some cottonwood trees.  They feed in the morning and typically can be seen perched in the trees throughout the afternoon.  The eagles are attracted to this area by the dam because of the open water during the winter months making it easy to prey of fresh fish.  

Randall Creek Recreation Area has over 125 campsites with electrical hook ups and 4 cabins. The campground also features boat ramps, fishing docks, volleyball courts, frisbee golf, horseshoes, and beach area.  

Missouri River
Bald Eagle
Randall Creek Recreation Area

For more information on these parks or other locations in South Dakota, visit the South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks website. I sincerely hope everyone has time to enjoy the great parks we have here in the Sioux Falls area and throughout the state.  Enjoy! 

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Amy Hendrix

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