After a long day of driving clear across South Dakota, we were in search of place to stay near Sioux Falls. We decided to try Palisades State Park in Garretson, SD after checking for campsites along I-90. We arrived at the campground after dark and so didn’t know what this place looked like until the next morning. Boy, were we pleasantly surprised!
This is a real gem of a park that is home to some truly interesting rock formations in a pleasant, bucolic setting. You can swim and cool off in the rushing water of Split Rock Creek while taking in the unique pink quartz bluffs that line the shores. A short trail runs along the creek and it’s worth it to hike along the shores to see the distinctive King & Queen rocks. We were really impressed with this spot and decided to extend our stay by an additional evening in order to enjoy the area.
In pursuit of groceries and beer, we paid call to the neighboring town of Garretson and couldn’t help but notice its Norman Rockell vibe. With the fridge restocked and a few choice postcards dropped off at the post office, we we headed back to the park for another day of enjoying the creek waters.
Finding this beautiful place so unexpectedly really brings home why we’re traveling – there’s so much of this country (and for that matter, the world too) that we have yet to see for ourselves. We can’t wait to see what else we’ll find.