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Top Chillin Spots in and near South Dakota

  • Garretson, South Dakota

    Camp at Palisade State Park

    Palisade State Park offers lots of activities, including camping, hiking, kayaking, and even swimming in the river. Steep cliffs made from pink quartzite give way to Split Rock Creek, a river perfect for kayaking. Up on a cliff, there is a campground with fire pits and picnic tables at each site....
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  • Garretson, South Dakota

    Explore Devils Gulch Park

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    0.5 mi / 29 ft gain
    Devils Gulch Park is located in Garretson, South Dakota, about a half hour from Sioux Falls. It’s free to visit, and is a great spot to hike or picnic. There are trails along the river and cool bridges to walk across.  Along with trails, there’s a covered picnic area right when you pull in. A nea...
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  • Dell Rapids, South Dakota

    Walk the Sioux River Red Rock Trail

    2.6 mi / 49 ft gain
    The Sioux River Red Rock Trail is located in Dell Rapids, South Dakota. It is a 2.6 mile paved out and back trail that runs along the Sioux River. This trail offers great views of the river, red rock formations, and even a waterfall. It is great for all skill levels, and dogs are allowed on leash...
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  • Sioux Falls, South Dakota

    Hike Great Bear Valley Trail

    1 mi / 68 ft gain
    Great Bear Ski Valley is a ski area in Sioux Falls that also has wooded trails that run throughout the property. The trails are free to hike and offer a secluded, private place to get outside and away from the city.  In the winter, the trails can be used to cross country ski as well. We found thi...
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  • Madison, South Dakota

    Hike Abbott Trail

    2.7 mi / 95 ft gain
    Abbott Trail is located at Lake Herman State Park in South Dakota. The park itself is beautiful and offers many things to do, including canoe rentals, camping, parks, picnic areas, and hiking trails. Abbott Trail is 2.7 mile hike that works for all skill levels. At the trail head, there is a gaze...
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  • Canistota, South Dakota

    Hike Otter Stream Trail

    1.2 mi / 45 ft gain
    Otter Stream Trail is located in Lake Vermillion State Recreation Area. It has a lake, campground, and hiking trails. Be advised that there is an entrance fee. This trail wraps around beautiful grasslands and into shaded forests. The trail sits across the street from Lake Vermillion, and scenic v...
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  • Mitchell, South Dakota

    Mountain Bike Kiwanis Trail on Lake Mitchell

    1.8 mi / 95 ft gain
    Kiwanis Trail runs along the south side of Lake Mitchell in South Dakota. Along with a hiking trail, there is also a trail specifically for mountain biking. The hiking trail is about two miles long and is a pretty easy hike for all ages. Along the hike, you'll wind through forests, plains, and ri...
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  • Vermillion, South Dakota

    Hike to Spirit Mound

    1.4 mi / 114 ft gain
    Spirit Mound Historic Prairie is located outside Vermillion, South Dakota and consists of a 1.4 mile hike up to the top of a prairie mound. Lewis and Clark made the trek years ago, making it a historical marker to visit and see. Beautiful wildflowers line the trail, mixed in with acres of prairie...
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  • Harrisburg, South Dakota

    Paddle at Lake Alvin

    Lake Alvin is a beautiful lake outside Sioux Falls that is surrounded by pines and prairies. Its proximity outside the city means it is very quiet and very calm. The water is perfect for kayaking or canoeing, and there are multiple trails leading to shore to carry them in easily.   The park itsel...
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In the Mount Rushmore state, travels to South Dakota are full of one-of-a-kind adventure with wide-open spaces as endless as the horizons. Between legendary landscapes and scenic drives, you can always find space that shifts life into park. When you’re ready, go great places.

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