South Dakota State Parks

Some of the prettiest and most historical state parks can be found in the state of South Dakota. For a day or two of enjoyment and fun, look no farther than South Dakota's charming parks.

Bear Butte State Park

For those who want a peaceful state park experience, come to Bear Butte State Park. This park is considered a sacred mountain, where many American Indians gather to pray and meditate. Bear Butte also offers miles of hiking trails, some easy and some more challenging. For the best view however, one must climb the Summit Trail. At about 1,000 feet in elevation, Summit Trail comes to a glorious view of four different states from the peak of the mountain. Bear Butte State Park offers camping areas and also fishing for bullheads, crappies, and northern pike.

Custer State Park

You will never get bored if you come to visit Custer State Park, with many activities offered on 71,000 acres. Hike all 7, 242 feet of Harvey Peak, ride horses, ride your mountain bike, rock climb, or throw some bait to the fish as you enjoy this beautiful park. For some wildlife watching, take one of the offered jeep rides to see the bison lounging among the trees and fields. You may also want to take in the history and culture of the park by exploring the same creek where Custer's exhibition found gold in 1874, the French Creek. For some relaxing entertainment, see a theater show at the Black Hills Playhouse located on the grounds.

Fisher Grove State Park

At Fisher Grove State Park, there is much to see and learn. For hiking, you can follow the very historic interpretive trail that snakes its way along the James River. Keep an eye out for the beautiful old schoolhouses on the way. Fisher Grove is the site for the first crossing of the Watertown-to Pierre stage line. Local streams offer a chance to fish, and a golf course is offered to get in 18 holes. For the kids, there is a playground, and picnic areas to hang out in when hunger strikes. Fishing is not the only thing to do on the water- you can also take a boat or canoe out from the launching area, and just relax your day away.

Union Grove State Park

More historical interests of South Dakota can be found at Union Grove State Park. This beautiful treasure offers much to do in the way of recreation. Horseback riding is one of the biggest attractions to this park, as there are over 150 available acres for riding. Hikers, bikers, and skiers will also enjoy the lush scenery as they explore this wonderland of a park. Birdwatchers and botanists will also love Union Grove, as there are enough varieties of both to keep them busy for hours on end. Camping is also allowed here, so you can easily spend days within the park.