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Lincoln County: Unique Outdoor Destinations


PIERRE, S.D. – From unique outdoor destinations to an annual heritage celebration, Lincoln County is a destination for all ages. This southeastern region hosts the communities of Canton, Fairview, Harrisburg, Hudson, Lennox, Tea and Worthing.

Newton Hills State Park is a colorful strip of rolling hills and dense maple, oak and linden forest canopies that rises above a vast prairie. This unique beauty is part of the Coteau des Prairie. Nestled in a valley near the Big Sioux River, tales of buried gold and thieves’ hideouts are woven into the story of this mysterious destination.  Artifacts and burial mounds found near the park indicate that an ancient Woodland Indian culture inhabited this region.

For those interested in bird watching, more than 200 species of birds visit the area each year. Newton Hills is also home to white-tailed deer, marmots, rabbits and turkeys. Hunting is allowed within the park during designated seasons. The Woodland Trail, listed in the registry of National Recreation Trails, winds through a dense oak and basswood forest.

Water sports are the focus of the Lake Alvin Recreation Area east of Harrisburg. The park is a popular destination for swimmers, boaters and anglers. With its relaxing beach facilities, excellent fishing and close proximity to Sioux Falls and Newton Hills State Park, Lake Alvin is the perfect place to enjoy a day outdoors.

Travel to Tea in June and enjoy Tea Pot Days, an annual family-friendly festival. From a colorful parade to all-age activities, this celebration will entertain the whole family.

The Uniquely South Dakota series is a project of the South Dakota Office of Tourism designed to highlight unique aspects and attractions in each of South Dakota's 66 counties. This profile was researched and compiled by Shayla Waugh, public relations intern for the Office of Tourism.


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