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10 Best Camping Spots in South Dakota!

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Want to head out on your next camping trip and immerse yourself in nature? These campsites guarantee your next camping trip will be one for the record books. From fun-filled RV sites at Rafter J Bar Ranch to farm-inspired digs at Solace Farm Campground, here are the 10 best camping spots in South Dakota.


Sylvan Lake Campground, Custer, SD

Sylvan Lake Campground is the perfect place to camp in the Black Hills. Located across from a gorgeous lake created by a dam built in 1882, it's got everything you need for a great trip: rock climbing, hiking trails, and small boat rentals.

Rafter J Bar Ranch, Hill City, SD

The Rafter J Bar Ranch, once voted #1 RV Park in America USA Today, is a must-visit for outdoor lovers. Camp in the brush or close to the activities center with five different camping areas, each with an alpine meadow and shady ponderosa pines.

Solace Farm Campground, Davis, SD

Solace Farm is a charming spot to pitch your tent. You'll love the gardens, chickens, goats, and the freedom of the outdoors — and homemade bread and jam in the morning from your hosts.

Hanna Campground, Lead, SD

Hanna Campground borders the spruce-lined Spearfish Creek. It’s a beautiful, private place for backcountry camping enthusiasts who love the sound of a babbling brook.

Pactola Reservoir Campground, Rapid City, SD

Located along the shore of Pactola Reservoir, this campground provides campers with lake views and various recreational activities. In addition, you can learn about environmental protection at the Pactola Visitor Center nearby.

Badlands National Park, Interior, SD

Badlands National Park offers campers spectacular rock formations, towering spires, and grasslands full of bighorn sheep and prairie dogs. Backpackers love this spot because they can camp anywhere within the park, even in the canyons.

Lake Herman State Park, Madison, SD

Lake Herman State Park is a year-round camping destination. Formed thousands of years ago by melting glacial ice, campers can expect abundant campsites with electric hook-ups, picnic tables, campfire rings with grills, and potable water.

Broom Tree Youth & Family Camp, Irene, SD

If you're in the mood for camping and spiritual rejuvenation, Broom Tree Youth & Family Camp is a perfect place to go. Young adults and their families can reconnect with their faith, the great outdoors, and each other.

Farm Island State Recreation Area Campground, Pierre, SD

Farm Island has something for everyone. Campers can choose from campsites, then enjoy swimming, hiking, angling, and bird-watching as they explore the famous beaches and trails around the island.

Chief White Crane State Recreation Area, Yankton, SD

Camping with your family? The chief White Crane State Recreation Area is the place to meet up with your loved ones. Have fun boating on the lake, hang out around the campfire, and spend time together.

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