Devil’s Gulch & Split Rock Park

Devil’s Gulch & Split Rock Park

North end of Garretson
Garretson, SD 57030

Free family attraction located in Garretson. Explore natural beauty of red quartzite formations bordering the Split Rock River. 

See interesting architecture of the Works Progress Administration of the 1930s, featuring a dam with waterfalls, bathhouse, bridges and rock wall with flower garden. Great place for camping, hiking, canoeing/kayaking, fishing and picnicking.

Stand on the footbridge spanning the chasm of Devil's Gulch and imagine the pounding of horses' hooves, echoing gun shots and shouts of a posse as they pursue outlaw Jesse James. Home of the Jesse James Pontoon Rides 605-594-2225.

Trails: Scenic hiking trail to Devil's Falls and Devil's Stairway. A footbridge spans the chasm that legend claims Jesse James' horse jumped to escape a posse. Free entrance May - October.

Camping: Primitive camping - 11 electrical pads at Split Rock. Camping reservations:

Modern camping facilities & camping cabins at Palisades State Park. For reserations: 1-800-710-2267 or

Canoe/Kayak: During high water flow in spring and after heavy summer rain, Split Rock Creek is one of South Dakota's best streams for white-water paddling. The stream drops 130 feet in 8 miles between the SD Hwy. 11 access west of Garretson through Palisades State Park to the SD Hwy. 11 access north of Corson. Access can be found in Palisades State Park as well as McHardy Park in Brandon. The sheer walls of red quartzite that line portions of the creek provide a scenic trip for paddlers.

Just 20 minutes NE of Sioux Falls. On I-90, take exit 406, go north 9 miles on Hwy 11.