Newton Hills State Park

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Newton Hills State Park

South Dakota

(605) 987-2263

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This park features interesting geology and history, as well as camping, hiking, and access to Lake Lakota. 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 American 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 of buried gold, robbers' hideouts, and horse thieves.

Newton Hills State Park is located six miles south of Canton and is open year-round, it's campground draws many campers each year. Popular for hiking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing and horseback riding. During the summer, six miles of trail are open to hikers, bicycles and horses.

Map of Newton Hills (SD)

Latitude, Longitude: 43.223989, -96.569599



  • Boating

    A boat ramp with a dock provide access to Lake Lakota. The entire lake is a designated "no wake" zone.

  • Bicycling

    Bicycling is allowed on the Blue Diamond Trail.

  • Camping

    The modern campground has 128 campsites, including 82 with electrical hookups. Each site has a picnic table, grill, and gravel camping pad. Visitors can rent canopy tents. There are 10 horse camp sites and eight four-person cabins. There is also an accessible lodge, which can accommodate up to twelve people. The lodge has four bedrooms, two full baths, and a kitchen. It is furnished and has air conditioning and heat.

  • Fishing

    Visitors must have a license to fish in Lake Lakota, which has populations of bass, catfish, panfish, and perch.

  • Hiking

    There are two hiking trails: the Woodland Trail, which loops along Sargeant Creek, and the Blue Diamond Trail. Hikers have the chance to see wildlife, including over 200 species of birds, white-tailed deer, wild turkeys, marmots, rabbits, red and gray fox and squirrels.

  • Historic Sites

    Newton Hills hosts numerous folk music concerts in conjunction with the Friends of Traditional Music. One of the most popular concerts, the Sioux River Folk Festival, is a 3-day event held annually on the first full weekend in August.

    The popular FestiFall event is held annually on the first Saturday in October. It features many family activities including arts and crafts, kids' games, hay rides, and bluegrass music. The pumpkin takes center stage with pumpkin catapulting, pumpkin carving demonstrations, and decorated pumpkin contests.

    Following the FestiFall event, the Candlelight Walk will lead visitors along 2.2 miles of candle-lit trail through the deep woods of Newton Hills. The trail will be solely lit by candles and carved pumpkins.

  • Horseback Riding

    There is a horse trail campground to accommodate horseback riders, who are welcome to use the Blue Diamond Trail.

  • Hunting

    Archery, deer, and turkey hunting are allowed within the park during designated seasons.

  • Picnicking

    There are several picnic tables and picnic shelters.

  • RVing

    RVs are welcome in the campground.

  • Water Sports

    There is a swimming beach on Lake Lakota. The lake is a no wake zone, making it safe for children.

  • Winter Sports

    Cross-country skiers enjoy using the park's trails during the winter.


The park is open year-round. The park's main cultural events are the Sioux River Folk Festival, which occurs in early August, and the FestiFall and Candlelight Walk, which occur in October. The park has recreational opportunities for every month of the year.

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Located 6 miles south of Canton off County 135.

Phone Numbers


(605) 987-2263