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Sica Hollow State Park

Sica HollowSica (pronounced see-cha) Hollow State Park, located 15 miles northwest of Sisseton in the northeast corner of South Dakota, is a place filled with rugged beauty and ancient mysteries.

The park, part of the Prairie Coteau Hills, offers a wide variety of year-round activities and is the source of many eerie Native American legends.

Hiking the Hollow

Hikers can enjoy moderate wooded terrain and picnics along Sica Hollow’s miles of marked trails. Interpretative guides are available to help hikers learn about the hollow’s streams, rustic bridges, waterfalls and abundant wildflowers.

The Trail of the Spirits, a self-guided interpretive walk, is a designated National Recreation Trail and a perfect way to explore the natural beauty Sica Hollow has to offer. In the winter time, the hiking trails become ideal for use by cross-country skiing enthusiasts.

Horseback Riding and Camping

A favorite activity in the hollow is horseback riding among the 900 acres of virtually undisturbed woodlands. A rustic horse camp has water, tie rails and picnic shelters for park-goers who want to stay overnight and sleep under the stars. Camping in Sica Hollow is by reservation only. Reservations can be made by contacting the park office.

The Legend of Sica Hollow

The Native Americans named the hollow “sica” or “evil” because of the horrific stories that were passed down about its dark and damp ravines. Even today, many of the natural occurrences, like glowing swamp gasses and tree stumps, intrigue visitors and fuel the eerie legends.

Sica Hollow State Park (to Department of Game, Fish & Parks)