South Dakota April 05, 2019
5 Lesser-Known State Parks In South Dakota That Will Absolutely Amaze You
If you love the outdoors, you already know that South Dakota is THE place to be; but did you know that there are countless smaller state parks outside of Custer, Palisades, and Good Earth? When you are ready to see and try something new, you will want to visit one or all of these 5 lesser-known state parks in South Dakota:
1. Hartford Beach State Park (Corona)
Do you think that Hartford Beach sounds like a beautiful and tropical oasis? You got that right! In fact, the beach -- which surrounds Big Stone Lake -- is THE place to be come summer, as it provides not only fun on and around the water, but lots of shaded trails as well.
2. Oakwood Lakes State Park (Bruce)
Another picturesque park along the water is Oakwood Lakes, which is arguably the best spot in the state for outdoor recreation (eight connecting glacial lakes, anyone?). From hiking and biking to boating, fishing, and camping, you are guaranteed only the best at Oakwood Lakes State Park.
3. Union Grove State Park (Beresford)
Not to be confused with Union Grove in Iowa, this SoDak state park got its start as a County Park in 1936 and has since grown into not only an outdoor paradise, but also a pristine spot for photography. (I mean, you do see the lush landscape in this picture, right?)
4. Roy Lake State Park (Lake City)
Who would have thought that South Dakota has so many state parks revolving around lakes, right? What makes Roy Lake stand out from all the other parks, you ask? Anglers take note, as Roy Lake State Park is considered to be one of the best fishing spots in the state!
5. Newton Hills State Park (Canton)
Are you a lover of wildlife, especially birds? Then get ready to go crazy for Newton Hills; a southeast South Dakota park that is home to an estimated 200 different species of birds, as well as deer, fox, and marmots.
Need another reason to visit one (or all) of our parks? Click on
9 Reasons You’ll Fall In Love With South Dakota’s State Parks Over And Over Again.