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Union Grove State Park

Union Grove

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.

History

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.

Nature Observation

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, goesbeaks, warblers, red-winged blackbirds, bluejays, pheasants and wild turkeys.

The park is ablaze with color during the fall. Leaves changing color and the variety of birds attracted to ripening fruit trees create a spectacular autumn festival. Many area residents plan a fall trip to Union Grove to see the colorful show.

Restrictions / Safety

DOT Road Report

Union Grove State Park

30828 471st Avenue
Beresford, SD 57004
605.987.2263
Email: NewtonHills@state.sd.us

GPS Coordinates

Lat: 42.920242
Long: -96.785322

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Activities

BirdwatchingCampingCross country skiingHikingHorse Trail

Lodging Info

Facilities / Services

  • Campground
  • Drinking water
  • Dump station
  • Electric campsites
  • Flush toilets/showers
  • Game checkout
  • Horse camp
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Vault toilets

Trails

Multi-use trails

  • 4.3 miles
  • Ideal for horses and mountain bikes

Hiking trail

  • 1.2 miles
  • Foot traffic only

Hunting

All types of hunting is allowed within the park from October 1 until May 1 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.

Park Specs

Directions

Southeastern South Dakota: 11 miles south of Beresford off I-29, Exit 38

Maps

Location Map
Campground map
Trail map and guide
Walking map
Cross country ski map

Area Attractions

In Vermillion

Nearest Town

Beresford

Fees

Camping fees are subject to sales tax.

Park entrance license required year-round

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