Best State Parks in America

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Created by ginapaloma - February 8th 2018

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:

Ricketts Glen State Park
5.0

695 SR-487, Sweet Valley, PA, US

Ricketts Glen State Park

Starved Rock State Park
4.4

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

Starved Rock State Park

Cimarron, NM, US

Cimarron Canyon State Park

Marin Headlands
5.0

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

Marin Headlands

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
4.0

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, CA, US

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

Bothe Napa Valley State Park
4.0

3801 St Helena Hwy., Calistoga, CA, US

Bothe Napa Valley State Park

Patrick's Point State Park
4.5

4150 Patricks Point Drive, Trinidad, CA, US

Patrick's Point State Park

Ecola Park Road, Cannon Beach, OR, US

Ecola State Park

Oswald West State Park
3.4

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

Goblin Valley State Park
4.5

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

Iao Valley State Park
4.0

Iao Valley Rd, Wailuku, HI, US

Iao Valley State Park

Sinks Canyon State Park
4.5

3079 Sinks Canyon Rd., Lander, WY, US

Sinks Canyon State Park

Na Pali Coast State Park
5.0

5-5190 Kuhio Highway, Hanalei, HI, US

Na Pali Coast State Park

'Akaka Falls State Park
4.5

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.