Best State Parks in America

Put it in park at these state parks

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Created by RachelHill - September 3rd 2016

There are more than 6,000 state parks in America, and with so many beautiful natural areas to explore, it can be hard to decide where to start. Whether you're a hardcore hiker, a beach bum, or into wildlife watching, there are loads of parks from which to choose. Beautiful beaches, striking deserts, sweeping mountains, lush gorges, rolling prairies and more are among the landscapes that our state parks protect. Here are just a few of America's most notable:

Photo of Ricketts Glen State Park

695 SR-487, Sweet Valley, PA, US

Ricketts Glen State Park

Photo of Starved Rock State Park

2570 E. 950th Rd., Oglesby, IL, US

Starved Rock State Park

Cimarron, NM, US

Cimarron Canyon State Park

Photo of Marin Headlands

Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Mill Valley, CA, US

Marin Headlands

Photo of Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, CA, US

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

Photo of Bothe Napa Valley State Park

3801 St Helena Hwy., St. Helena, CA, US

Bothe Napa Valley State Park

Photo of Patrick's Point State Park

4150 Patricks Point Drive, Trinidad, CA, US

Patrick's Point State Park

Ecola Park Road, Cannon Beach, OR, US

Ecola State Park

Photo of Oswald West State Park

Arch Cape OR, Arch Cape, OR, US

Oswald West State Park

41020 State Route 20, Oak Harbor, WA, US

Deception Pass State Park

Pioche, Panaca, NV, US

Cathedral Gorge State Park

Photo of Goblin Valley State Park

Goblin Valley Rd, Green River, UT, US

Goblin Valley State Park

721 Bannack Rd, Dillon, MT, US

Bannack State Park

Pfeiffer Big Sur Road, Big Sur, CA, US

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

South Lake Tahoe, South Lake Tahoe, CA, US

Emerald Bay State Park

Photo of Iao Valley State Park

Iao Valley Rd, Wailuku, HI, US

Iao Valley State Park

Photo of Sinks Canyon State Park

3079 Sinks Canyon Rd., Lander, WY, US

Sinks Canyon State Park

Photo of Na Pali Coast State Park

5-5190 Kuhio Highway, Hanalei, HI, US

Na Pali Coast State Park

Photo of 'Akaka Falls State Park

Podstrana Split, Honomu, HI, US

'Akaka Falls State Park

Even though it would take a lifetime to truly experience all of the beauty America has to offer, visiting some of the country's more notable state parks is a great way to begin.