Six Parks With Glorious Autumn Color

You don't have to go far to enjoy the colors of autumn. Parks throughout the region offer some of the best places to enjoy this colorful season.

Big Sioux Recreation Area - Brandon, SD
Big Sioux is a great place for a fall hike or bike ride. A trail winds along the Big Sioux River, across a suspension bridge, through wooded areas and open prairie. Climb the hill on Prairie Vista Trail for an awe-inspiring view.

Falls Park - Sioux Falls, SD
The falls of the Big Sioux River is a park worth spending some time in the fall. There are trails, viewing platforms, a visitor center and a 5-story observation tower with a 360-degree panoramic  view of the park and city skyline.

Lake Herman State Park - Madison, SD
The park is located on a peninsula surrounded by the waters of Lake Herman. Find fall color reflected in the lake and along a hiking trails.

Lewis & Clark Lake - Yankton, SD
Trails throughout Lewis & Clark Recreation Area and along the Missouri River offer fall beauty for hikers and bikers. Take the Nature Trail at Gavins Point up to a lookout for amazing views of the river and surrounding bluffs.

Newton Hills State Park - Canton, SD
Newton Hills has trails and drives perfect for observing fall color. Trees provide a canopy of color over the road that winds through the park. For a more intimate encounter with nature, get out and explore miles of trails that wind through dense forests and open grassland. An observation tower provides a bird’s eye view of a wooded valley. For more fun, come to Newton Hills during FestiFall on October 1st. There’s activities for kids all afternoon including pumpkin decorating and catapulting, crafts and a hayride. Stick around til dark for the Candlelight Walk. Glowing jack-o-lanters will light the path to find musicians and colorful characters from the past along the trail.

Palisades State Park - Garretson, SD
Palisades provides beautiful scenery any time of year, but especially with the added fall color. The hiking trails follow both sides of Split Rock Creek as they twist and turn through towering quartzite formations.

These are only a few of the Southeast South Dakota parks where you can enjoy the colors fall provides. Check out more parks at