Best State Parks in America

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Created by jeanfdean - February 10th 2019

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
5.0

695 SR-487, Sweet Valley, PA, US

Ricketts Glen State Park

Photo of Starved Rock State Park
4.4

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

Starved Rock State Park

Cimarron, NM, US

Cimarron Canyon State Park

Photo of Oswald West State Park
3.4

Arch Cape OR, Arch Cape, OR, US

Oswald West State Park

Photo of Fort Casey State Park
4.5

1280 Engle Rd., Coupeville, WA, US

Fort Casey State Park

721 Bannack Rd, Dillon, MT, US

Bannack State Park

Photo of Sinks Canyon State Park
4.5

3079 Sinks Canyon Rd., Lander, WY, US

Sinks Canyon State Park

Photo of Emerald Bay State Park
5.0

Emerald Bay Road, South Lake Tahoe, CA, US

Emerald Bay State Park

Photo of Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
4.5

52801 California State Route 1, Big Sur, CA, US

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

Photo of Na Pali Coast State Park
5.0

5-5190 Kuhio Highway, Hanalei, HI, US

Na Pali Coast State Park

Photo of 'Akaka Falls State Park
4.5

Podstrana Split, Honomu, HI, US

'Akaka Falls State Park

Photo of City of Rocks State Park
4.5

327 Hwy 61, Faywood, NM, US

City of Rocks State Park

Photo of Lake Bistineau State Park
4.0

103 State Park Rd., Doyline, LA, US

Lake Bistineau State Park

Photo of Lake Lurleen State Park
4.2

13226 Lake Lurleen Rd., Coker, AL, US

Lake Lurleen State Park

Photo of Buccaneer State Park
3.5

1150 South Beach Blvd., Waveland, MS, US

Buccaneer State Park

Photo of Blue Springs State Park
4.5

Pete Smith Road, Clio, AL, US

Blue Springs State Park

5656 E Silver Springs Blvd, Silver Springs, FL, US

Silver Springs State Park

Photo of Huntington Beach State Park
4.5

16148 Ocean Hwy., Murrells Inlet, SC, US

Huntington Beach State Park

Photo of First Landing State Park
4.5

2500 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach, VA, US

First Landing State Park

Photo of Cape Henlopen State Park
4.5

15099 Cape Henlopen Dr., Lewes, DE, US

Cape Henlopen 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.