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Newton Hills State Park

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Trail

6.8 mile 10.9 kilometer loop
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 871' 265 m
Descent: -873' -266 m
High: 1,535' 468 m
Low: 1,246' 380 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 20% (11°)

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A good, short "day trip" with varied terrain (especially for "flat" East River South Dakota).

Greg Sage

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Wildlife

This is a SD State Park. Entry fee or an Annual Park Permit is required.

Overview

This is a multi-use trail, shared between hikers, bikers, and horses. Varied terrain and cover will keep you out of the sun, and still let you build up a good sweat (in the summer). It's a short drive from Sioux Falls, and a good way to spend the day with the family.

Description

This is a BIG loop, made up of multiple trails to increase the distance.

It's very easy trail system to navigate through, and most trails are well-marked. The larger, Blue Diamond Multi-Use Trail, loop to the north side of the park is a multi-use trail, where you'll be sharing the trail with bikes and horses. The Woodland Trail loop to the south is hike and bike only.

Trails are usually in pretty good shape, although sections can be a bit difficult to hike around if it's been raining due to mud.

The majority of the hike is in the shade so it makes for a pleasant spring/summer hike. And with the vast array of trees, the colors are beautiful in the fall.

Flora & Fauna

Poison ivy in areas and always check for ticks when you get done. Lots of deer in the park as well and they aren't as skittish as most deer are, so photo ops abound!

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Jul 23, 2019
Nick Breems
Sep 9, 2018
Patrick Fish
Did 3 loops of the "trail"-- NOTE further into the afternoon the multi-use trail got REAL busy with horses- want horse freedom ??, go early
Sep 1, 2018
Patrick Fish
Did the Feature Hike 6.8 miles 2xtimes & the Woodland Trail once by it self to get the 15.3 (logged with Strava) 15.3mi

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This is just one of the many deer we routinely see in Newton Hills State Park.
Mar 22, 2017 near Canton, SD

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