Union Grove Park Overview:
Union Grove Park is a US Army Corps of Engineers park on the southwest banks of the 6430 acre Stillhouse Hollow Lake. The terrain for the park is gently rolling hills, most sites are on the bank or bluff of the lake, and there are a limited number of trees. Stillhouse Hollow is a somewhat pretty lake with no development except for the Corps of Engineer parks and one marina. Read the review of Stillhouse Hollow Lake.
Amenities and Fun Things To Do:
There are only 37 sites and 3 screened shelters in Union Grove Park. All of the sites are fairly level and have excellent views of the lake. Some of the sites site higher on the bank of the lake, while others are right on the water and have easy water access. All of the sites have covered picnic tables, water, and electric - 14 sites have 50 amp, the rest have 30 amp. Sites 15 to 26 are on a rocky bluff, sites 1 to 14 have better water access and boat parking, and 29 through 37 are at the swimming area. Certain sites are reserveable, some are double sites, and some sites are tent only. Union Grove also has 3 screened shelters.
The Park is clean, secure, and well maintained. There aren't a lot of amenities at the park but there is a boat ramp, playground, swimming area, showers, and the Park's web site claims hiking and biking trails but we could not find them.
Come to Union Grove Park if you want to enjoy the lake (swim, fish, or just watch the sun rise over the lake) and some good lake campsites.
A Typical Texas Outsider Day:
Stillhouse Hollow Lake is a clean and clear lake and good for skiing and fishing. There isn't a lot to see on the lake because it is undeveloped except for the Parks and marina. So we will look for some smooth water and a nice cove to anchor, swim, play games, and socialize. We come to Stillhouse to camp, boat, and hike the Chalk Ridge Falls Park. We also like to boat across the lake to Dana Peak Park and hike some of the trails within the Park.
Cool Nearby Activities:
We love to scoot into Salado, about 15 minutes east for shopping, golf, or restuarants. Click here to learn more about what there is to see and do in the quaint town of Salado.
There are over 5 miles of great hiking trails in the Chalk Ridge Falls Park which is on the south end of the dam, about 10 minutes from the campground. This trail is outstanding with waterfalls, a suspension bridge, and some good scenery. Directly across from Union Grove Park is Dana Peak Park with has some great hiking, biking, and equestrian trails - some of which are challenging. Dan Peak Park is a 20 minute drive around the lake to Dana Peak Park.
If you like fishing and don't have a boat, then call Bob at Holding the Line Guide Service and he'll pick you up at your campsite and take you fishing. Or on the north east side of the lake at the Stillhouse Hollow Marina, you can rent a pontoon boat, jon boat, or ski deck boat from C&D Watercraft rentals - 254 223-1056.
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Additional Pictures of Union Grove Park
Texas Outside uses a tough rating scale and it’s difficult for a campground to get a “10”. Each park is rated on:
- Scenic Beauty: a campground that is flat with no trees or character gets a “1” and hills, lots of trees, beautiful lake site, and lush ground cover gets a “10”
- Park Condition: the cleaner, well kept, and maintained campgrounds receive high scores
- Amenities: we are looking for lots of amenities like restrooms, dump stations, playgrounds, boat ramps, shelters, concession stand, rental toys, and more.
- Campsites: low scores are given for sites that are right next to each other (good for getting to know your neighbors, but not what we’re looking for when we’re camping); have no lantern holder, no water or electricity, no fire pit, no grill, or no picnic table (or it’s rotten wood); have no trees and no view; the ground cover is crushed rock (my bare feet hate that stuff!); and they require a lot of work to get your rig level.
- Things To Do: Bonus points are given for campgrounds that offer lots of fun things to do at the park or very nearby – this includes: biking, hiking, climbing, boating, entertainment, golf, swimming, fishing, volleyball, horseshoes, and more