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Lake Herman State Park

Map of TRACK Trail at Lake Herman State Park

Melting glacial ice formed this 1,350-acre lake thousands of years ago. Lake Herman State Park offers more than 3 miles of hiking trails with spectacular views of Lake Herman and historical features such as Herman Luce cabin.

Observe wildlife in native oak woodlands and prairie grasses which are inhabited by a variety of bids and animals. Camping, boating, fishing, and cross country skiing are favorite activities at the park. 

Track an adventure here
Collectible sticker for Lake Herman

Location Details

Recreational Features: Paved Bike Path, Mountain Bike Trails, Disc Golf, Canoe / Kayak, Camping, Picnic Tables, Fishing, Interpretive Programs, Birding
Amenities: Restrooms, Visitor Center
ADA Compliant: Partial
Seasonality:
Sunset sky reflecting in lake
Butterfly on flower
Two mule deer
L.H. Luce Cabin
Monarch butterfly and flowers
Reflections on the lake at dusk
Coneflower and bergamont

Adventures for Lake Herman State Park

Hiking

Nature's Hide & Seek

Difficulty:
Moderate
Trail length:
3.50
The Nature's Hide & Seek brochure is designed so that kids of all ages can walk along the trail and discover common things that are often overlooked in nature. Some of them are hard to find, others are easy. Best of all, the adventure never ends because every time you walk the trail you will discover new things hiding in nature.
Need for Trees brochure
Hiking

Lake Herman: The Need for Trees

Difficulty:
Moderate
Trail length:
3.50
By following the picture and text clues found in "The Need for Trees" brochure, kids will discover six of the more common trees found along the trail. During their adventure, kids will learn about the need that people and other animals have for trees and about the roles trees play in the forest.
Birds of South Dakota brochure
Hiking

Birds of South Dakota

Difficulty:
Moderate
Trail length:
3.50
The Birds of the South Dakota brochure shows kids where to look for different birds along the trail. The brochure contains illustrations of some of the more common woodland birds and information on how to identify them through various clues.
Hiking

Bug Out

Difficulty:
Moderate
Trail length:
3.50
The "Bug Out" brochure is an investigation into the creepy crawlies of the forest. This adventure will help you learn how to identify the difference between insects, spiders and other arthropods.

Directions

23409 State Park Drive
Madison, SD 57042
Latitude: 43.991709000000
Longitude: -97.165109000000

Southeastern South Dakota: 2 miles west of Madison off SD Hwy 34.

Partners

The TRACK Trail program is sponsored by the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation.

The Lake Herman State Park TRACK Trail was made possible through a partnership formed between the Kids in Parks program and South Dakota State Parks