Union Grove State Park

Map of TRACK Trail at Union Grove State Park

The Union Grove State Park TRACK Trail follows the Brule Bottom hiking trail. This moderate 1.2 mile loop features views of Brule Creek and offshoots to a picnic area and scenic overlooks.

The trail winds through the forested hills and passes by Borule Creek. Along the hike, walkers will wind through a lush bur oak forest intermixed with many other species of trees, plants birds and other animals. 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.

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Collectible sticker for Union Grove State Park

Location Details

Recreational Features: Mountain Bike Trails, Camping, Picnic Tables, Interpretive Programs, Birding
Amenities: Restrooms
ADA Compliant: No
Seasonality: Open all year
Trees at Campground
Dirt trail through trees
Hiking trail and map
Fungus growing on a log
Small trail going through a green forest
Gravel banks of Brule Creek
Trail along the banks of the creek
Large branching oak tree
Wide trail through the forest

Adventures for Union Grove State Park

Animal Athletes brochure
Hiking

Animal Athletes

Difficulty:
Easy
Trail length:
3.80
The Animal Athletes adventure challenges kids to exercise with the animals. This brochure gives kids eight different animal exercises they can do along the trail. From hummingbird hand-swings to lizard pushups, kids are sure to have fun getting in shape with the animals during their outdoor adventures.
Birds of South Dakota brochure
Hiking

Birds of South Dakota

Difficulty:
Easy
Trail length:
3.80
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.
Nature's Hide and Seek brochure
Hiking

Nature's Hide n' Seek

Difficulty:
Easy
Trail length:
3.80
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.
The Need for Trees brochure
Hiking

The Need For Trees

Difficulty:
Easy
Trail length:
3.80
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.

Directions

30828 471st Avenue
Beresford, SD 57004
Latitude: 42.915554400000
Longitude: -96.785587300000

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

CLICK HERE FOR MAPS AND OFFICIAL DIRECTIONS

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 Union Grove State Park TRACK Trail was made possible through partnerships formed between the Kids in Parks program and the South Dakota State Parks Department, with funds provided by South Dakota Department of Health, Healthy South Dakota Program.