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The 20 best camping spots in South Dakota.

Get Exploring! South Dakota is home to a variety of striking landscapes, remote open spaces, and plenty of history.

West Bend Campground

1. West Bend Campground

Many of your fellow campers at West Bend Campground will be anglers and seasonal hunters, but it’s not a prerequisite for staying here. You’ll be...

Tailrace Left Campground

2. Tailrace Left Campground

If you are into a glamper style getaway where you can wash off the dirt every night and sleep in a climate controlled home on wheels, then Sharpe...

If you’re looking to connect with nature’s wild beauty at its truest, camping in South Dakota is a must. One of the nation’s most spectacular National Parks is right here, and you should definitely make a point of visiting. Known for its striking sedimentary rock landscape defined by pinnacles, buttes, and spires, camping at Badlands National Park is like being transported to Read more...
If you’re looking to connect with nature’s wild beauty at its truest, camping in South Dakota is a must. One of the nation’s most spectacular National Parks is right here, and you should definitely make a point of visiting. Known for its striking sedimentary rock landscape defined by pinnacles, buttes, and spires, camping at Badlands National Park is like being transported to another world. For a far different experience, visit the verdant landscape of Black Hills National Forest, popular for its broad diversity of wildlife spread among 1.2 million acres of hills, mountains, grassland, lakes, and ponderosa pine forest. Within 20 minutes of Sioux Falls you can camp on the banks of the Big Sioux river at Big Sioux Recreation Area for a leisurely getaway of hiking, fishing, and snowmobiling. Visit Lake Francis Case for boating, fishing, and the opportunity to spot a few bald eagles. In most parts of South Dakota you can immerse yourself in the art, culture and history of the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota tribes, who were the state’s earliest inhabitants. And for an added dose of history, visit the ever-iconic Mount Rushmore!
Fort Pierre Campground

3. Fort Pierre Campground

You don’t have to be a hardened outdoor expert to rock a weekend at Fort Pierre Campground, a dispersed camping area that is the entirety of the...

Suzy
Suzy: This is the type of camping that fills you with longing: for a memory that never forgets, for a body that never tires or dies,...
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Right Tailrace Campground

4. Right Tailrace Campground

Looking for a simple fishing getaway? Then all you need is a place to lay your head at night, and a lake with wide open waters. The Right Tailrace...

South Dakota’s Black Hills are the nation’s tallest mountains east of the Rockies.
Old Fort Thompson Campground

5. Old Fort Thompson Campground

A day spent at Lake Sharpe with its fishing, swimming, boating, and lakeside picnicking goodness will leave you wanting more time, so why not make...

Farm Island Campground

6. Farm Island Campground

Sunny sites, shady sites; sites for days at Farm Island Campground will keep you happy! All sites offer electric hook-ups, so now’s the time to...

Many fascinating fossils have been found at Badlands National Park, including three-toed horses, saber-toothed cats, and ancient camels.
Oahe Downstream Campground

7. Oahe Downstream Campground

There are three different camping areas at Oahe Downstream, and a majority of them offer partial shade. Not too shabby! A few RV/tent sites are ADA...

Cow Creek Campground

8. Cow Creek Campground

Adventure until the, ahem, cows come home, and when you do deem it time to retreat, pretty amazing campsites are waiting for you at Cow Creek...

About 72,000 Native Americans currently live in South Dakota, which is home to nine tribal governments.
Buryanek Campground

10. Buryanek Campground

Sunny shoreline camping has never been easier or more fun than at Buryanek Campground! There’s plenty of room for even the biggest tents, RVs, and...

Wind Cave National Park contains the world’s largest concentration of boxwork formations, which are notable for their honeycomb structure.
Snake Creek Campground

11. Snake Creek Campground

Snake Creek Campground offers a range of sites in full, partial, or no shade. Decisions, decisions! A handful of these campsites and cabins are...

Cedar Pass Campground

14. Cedar Pass Campground

90% Recommend (5 Campers)

Some of the most formidable landscapes in the United States also make for some of the greatest adventures. Characterized as a “bad land” by...

Nathan
Nathan: Campground was very busy, but then again, we visited during the motorcycle festival. There is ton to do around the campground...
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West Whitlock Campground

15. West Whitlock Campground

Fish, camp, repeat. That’s how it’s done at the West Whitlock Recreation Area on the shore of Lake Oahe and the Missouri River. You could also...

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Smith Falls Campground

17. Smith Falls Campground

Smith Falls is Nebraska’s PYT. Not just gorgeous, she’s also the newest park in the state! And this Pretty Young Thing lets you fall asleep to the...

North Point Campground

18. North Point Campground

North Point Campground offers plenty of space for RV or tent camping, with the majority of sites located in limited shade. Quite a few spots are...

Randall Creek Campground

19. Randall Creek Campground

Randall Creek Campground here! And we've got a treat for you: most of the many sites here are located in partial shade. There are also four cabins...

Randall Creek Recreation Area Campground

20. Randall Creek Recreation Area Campground

The sun is shining, the lake is calling! Lake Francis Case and its Randall Creek Recreation Area Campground is the place to park it for your next...