Palisades State Park is another hidden gem in the Great Plains states.
Tucked away in the southeast corner of South Dakota, it is the second-smallest park in the state at 157 acres.
Split Rock Creek flows through the park, bisecting towering walls of Sioux quartzite, found only in a small region where Minnesota, South Dakota, and Iowa intersect. Since it is very resistant to erosion, the towers stand where the river has etched its way through them over the past 1.2 billion years.
A nice little stop on our trip east, with quick jaunts to nearby Split Rock Park and Devil’s Gulch.