Camping Cabin Saves the Rainy Day

It’s not too often the weather man gets it right.  The forecast in Hot Springs called for rain, rain, and more rain, until Saturday evening when everything would clear up.  With an agenda full of outdoor activities, rain would have to do it’s worst to stop us from having an enjoyable weekend.  Just as the weatherman said, it rained, and rained some more.  But it was very pleasant.  Not raining cats and dogs, but just a light sprinkle here and there.  There was no wind beating down on us, and not a soul around. 
Camping in Style

Camping in Style

Cabin #5 would be our home away from home for the weekend.  If you’ve never stayed in one of the parks’ camping cabins, it’s a must!  Clean, comfortable, affordable and best of all, right on the water.
 
 Sleeps four comfortably

Sleeps four comfortably

Very cozy
Very cozy

                         

 

Speaking of the water, I did have a chance to break away for a little fishing.  Fooled an 18″ walleye on the very first cast!  Excited that this would be an amazing morning of fishing, I ran back to camp to get my camera.  As luck, and the fishing gods, would have it, scenic photos of the lake were all I would be taking. 
Rain, Rain Go Away...

Rain, Rain Go Away...

Scenic and Serene

Scenic and Serene

With my fishing fix taken care of, it was time to explore Hot Springs by Bike.  Even in the rain, this was very enjoyable.  Great bike trails, beautiful buildings and few people to dodge on the sidewalks. 

A look back on the trail

A look back on the trail

Kidney Spring...Cleanse the body and soul

Kidney Spring...Cleanse the body and soul

No trip to Hot Springs would be complete without traveling north and south of town for outdoor adventure.  Just one mile north of town sits Coldbrook Reservoir, known for its scenic beauty, clear water and excellent fishing.  Like the other lakes in the hills, it’s also great for paddling. 

Coldbrook Reservoir, Hot Springs, S.D.

Coldbrook Reservoir, Hot Springs, S.D.

A short, and very scenic ten mile drive south of town on Highway 71 is where you’ll find Cascade Falls.  This area offers scenic settings with natural flowing springs, picnic tables and restrooms. The cool waters below Cascade Falls are considered a great spot to land a smallmouth bass on occasion, but swimming in this inviting water is not permitted.  

Cascade Falls, south of Hot Springs

Cascade Falls, south of Hot Springs

A view from up top

A view from up top

 As the clouds cleared, and the sun began to set on a great weekend in the Black Hills, I realized how lucky I am to call this place home, even if only for a weekend. 

Sunset over Angostura

Sunset over Angostura

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3 Comments

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3 responses to “Camping Cabin Saves the Rainy Day

  1. didya do any research on building or buying those cabins.. great fun – got to you google search on “camping in style” thanks, Stephen

    • Thanks Stephen,
      Yes, those cabins are manufactured in different locations throughout South Dakota. Thanks for the info and I hope you enjoy one of those cabins this summer.

  2. shea bouska

    i love these pictures of cascade falls see when i was little i lived in a little white house about 5 or 10 miles down from it me and me sisters use to go every day in the summer and loved to jump from the big water fall it was a blast for all of us so i hope you all had fun on your visit there

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