Union Grove State Park began as a County Park around 1936. The Brule Creek was dammed to create a small lake. The lake has since filled with silt and the dam was removed. The land was leased to the State of South Dakota in 1946. Since then, the park has been host to residents and vacationers alike.
Rich glacial soils support a lush growth of native woods in this hidden treasure. Horseback riders, hikers, bikers and cross-country skiers enjoy several miles of trail through the forest along Brule Creek. The trees and plants attract a variety of birds sure to keep botanists and birdwatchers entertained for hours. Campers enjoy the quiet well-shaded campsites, and the horse camp is the perfect base for a weekend of riding.
Deer, wild turkeys, beaver and many small animals abound in the park as well as a variety of trees and plant life. Birdwatchers will enjoy the opportunities to see many species of birds including cardinals, orioles, grosbeak, warblers, red-winged blackbirds, blue jays, pheasants and wild turkeys.
All types of hunting is allowed within the park from October 1 until April 30th during designated hunting seasons.
Uncased firearms and bows are not allowed with the campground and picnic areas. Please refer to Hunting Handbook for more info.
The multi-use trails are ideal for horses and mountain bikes and spand up to 4.3 miles. The hiking trail is foot traffic only and is 1.2 miles.
Open: Year-round. Between Oct. 1 and April 30, showers, flush toilets and other water systems may be closed. Please contact the park directly for current status. Vault toilets usually remain open.
Park Size: 25 campsite including 4 horse campsites
11 miles south of Beresford off I-29, Exit 38
Nearest Town: Beresford