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TOP 100 STATE PARKS IN THE UNITED STATES


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Welcome to Bigroads.com's guide to the best state parks in the United States!

The United States has well over 5,000 state parks. But which ones are widely considered to be the best? We have put together a highly-opinionated list of what we believe to be the top 100 state parks in the United States. It is not an easy task to pick out 100 state parks out of a pool of several thousand, so this web-page will forever be a work-in-progress as we travel & visit more state parks across the country.

This top 100 state parks list is sorted alphabetically by state (and not by rating or quality). Remember, though, this is just our opinionated / subjective list. There are hundreds of other fascinating state parks in the United States. That being said, you probably won't want to miss any of these 100 undeniably outstanding state parks:

If you enjoy state parks, then we recommend picking up a copy of this fantastic guidebook: National Geographic Guide to State Parks of the USA

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STATE STATE PARK NAME THE STATE PARK IS FAMOUS FOR / KNOWN FOR
Alabama Gulf State Park beach
Alaska Chugach State Park mountain scenery, glaciers, hiking trails
Arizona Red Rock State Park desert scenery, hiking trails
Arizona Slide Rock State Park desert scenery, swimming holes, natural waterslides
Arizona Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park prison tours
Arkansas Petit Jean State Park hiking trails, waterfalls
California Anza-Borrego Desert State Park desert scenery, 4WD-ing, palm oasis, hiking trails
California Bodie State Historic Park ghost town, mining ruins
California Crystal Cove State Park beach
California Emerald Bay State Park beach
California Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park redwood trees, hiking trails
California Humboldt Redwoods State Park redwood trees, hiking trails
California Huntington Beach State Park beach
California Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park redwood trees, hiking trails
California Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park waterfall, coastline views
California MacKerricher State Park beach, wildlife viewing, scenic views
California McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park waterfall, hiking trails
California Montana de Oro State Park hiking trails, wildflowers, scenic views
California Mount San Jacinto State Park hiking trails, scenic views
California Mount Tamalpais State Park hiking trails, scenic views
California Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park redwood trees, hiking trails
California Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park redwood trees, hiking trails
Connecticut Gillette Castle State Park historic castle
Delaware Cape Henlopen State Park beach
Florida Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park  beach
Florida Blue Spring State Park natural spring, hiking trails, manatee-viewing
Florida Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park natural spring, wildlife viewing, boat tours
Florida Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park wildlife viewing, bird-watching, manatee-viewing
Florida Florida Caverns State Park cave tours
Florida Henderson Beach State Park beach
Florida John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park SCUBA diving, boat tours
Florida Lovers Key State Park beach
Florida Myakka River State Park bird-watching, canoeing/kayaking, hiking trails
Florida St. Andrews State Park beach
Florida Stump Pass Beach State Park beach
Georgia Amicalola Falls State Park waterfall
Georgia Tallulah Gorge State Park hiking trails, waterfalls, scenic views
Hawaii Akaka Falls State Park waterfalls
Hawaii Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park coastal views, hiking trails, scenic views
Hawaii Wai'anapanapa State Park beach
Hawaii Waimea Canyon State Park scenic views
Illinois Starved Rock State Park waterfalls, geologic attractions, hiking trails
Indiana Indiana Dunes State Park sand dunes, beaches, hiking trails
Kentucky Cumberland Falls State Resort Park waterfall, hiking trails
Kentucky Natural Bridge State Resort Park geologic attractions, hiking trails, scenic views
Maine Baxter State Park mountain scenery, hiking trails, waterfalls, scenic views
Maine Camden Hills State Park coastal scenery, hiking trails, scenic views
Maine Grafton Notch State Park mountain scenery, hiking trails, waterfalls, scenic views
Massachusetts Mount Greylock State Reservation hiking trails, scenic views, waterfalls
Michigan Ludington State Park beach, canoeing/kayaking
Michigan Mackinac Island State Park geologic attraction, natural arch, hiking trails
Michigan Palms Book State Park natural spring
Michigan Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park hiking trails, scenic views
Michigan Tahquamenon Falls State Park waterfalls, hiking trails
Minnesota Gooseberry Falls State Park waterfalls, hiking trails
Missouri Elephant Rocks State Park geologic attraction, hiking trails
Nevada Valley Of Fire State Park desert scenery, geologic attractions, hiking trails, scenic views
New Hampshire Crawford Notch State Park mountain scenery, hiking trails, waterfalls, scenic views
New Hampshire Franconia Notch State Park mountain scenery, hiking trails, waterfalls, scenic views
New Hampshire Mount Monadnock State Park hiking trails, scenic views
New Hampshire Mount Washington State Park mountain scenery, hiking trails, scenic views
New Hampshire Cardigan Mountain State Park hiking trails, scenic views
New York Buttermilk Falls State Park waterfalls, hiking trails
New York Letchworth Falls State Park waterfalls, hiking trails, scenic views
New York Minnewaska State Park Preserve hiking trails, scenic views
New York Niagara Falls State Park waterfalls
New York Robert Treman State Park waterfalls, hiking trails
New York Taughannock Falls State Park waterfalls, hiking trails
New York Watkins Glen State Park waterfalls, hiking trails
North Carolina Chimney Rock State Park geologic attractions, hiking trails, scenic views, waterfall
North Carolina Fort Macon State Park historic fort
North Carolina Jockey's Ridge State Park sand dunes, hang-gliding
Ohio Hocking Hills State Park geologic attractions, hiking trails, waterfalls
Oregon Ecola State Park hiking trails, scenic views, waterfalls
Oregon Oswald West State Park hiking trails, beach, scenic views
Oregon Shore Acres State Park scenic views, botanical gardens
Oregon Silver Falls State Park waterfalls, hiking trails
Oregon Smith Rock State Park desert scenery, scenic views, rock-climbing, hiking trails
Pennsylvania Ohiopyle State Park hiking trails, mountain biking, whitewater rafting
Pennsylvania Presque Isle State Park beach, hiking trails, bird-watching
Pennsylvania Ricketts Glen State Park waterfalls, hiking trails
South Carolina Hunting Island State Park beach, scenic views
South Carolina Huntington Beach State Park beach, bird-watching
South Dakota Custer State Park wildlife viewing, hiking trails, scenic views
Tennessee Cummins Falls State Park waterfalls, swimming hole
Tennessee Fall Creek Falls State Park waterfalls, hiking trails
Texas Big Bend Ranch State Park desert scenery, hiking trails, 4WD-ing, scenic views
Texas Enchanted Rock State Park geological attraction, hiking trails, scenic views
Texas Palo Duro Canyon State Park geological attraction, hiking trails, scenic views
Utah Antelope Island State Park desert scenery, wildlife viewing, hiking trails, scenic views
Utah Dead Horse Point State Park desert scenery, scenic views, hiking trails
Utah Goblin Valley State Park desert scenery, geologic attractions, hoodoos
Utah Snow Canyon State Park desert scenery, geologic attractions, hiking trails, scenic views
Virginia First Landing State Park beach, hiking trails, swamp
Virginia Grayson Highlands State Park hiking trails, scenic views, horseback riding
Washington Deception Pass State Park hiking trails, scenic views
Washington Fort Worden State Park historic fort, scenic views, hiking trails
Washington Moran State Park hiking trails, scenic views
Wisconsin Devil's Lake State Park beach, hiking trails, mountain biking
Wisconsin Peninsula State Park beach, hiking trails, mountain biking

Unnamed Arch on the White Dome Loop, Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada
Unnamed Arch on the White Dome Loop, Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

Taughannock Falls, Taughannock Falls State Park, New York
Taughannock Falls, Taughannock Falls State Park, New York

Tablelands, Katahdin, Baxter State Park, Maine
Tablelands, Katahdin, Baxter State Park, Maine

Bodie State Historic Park, California
Bodie State Historic Park, California

Snow Canyon State Park, Utah
Snow Canyon State Park, Utah

Mount Battie, Camden Hills State Park, Maine
Mount Battie, Camden Hills State Park, Maine

Chimney Rock, Chimney Rock State Park, North Carolina
Chimney Rock, Chimney Rock State Park, North Carolina

Views from the Webster Cliffs during foliage, Crawford Notch State Park, New Hampshire
Views from the Webster Cliffs during foliage, Crawford Notch State Park, New Hampshire

Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah
Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah

Enchanted Rock State Park, Texas
Enchanted Rock State Park, Texas

Palm Oasis, Anza-Borrego State Park, California
Palm Oasis, Anza-Borrego State Park, California

Goblin Valley State Park, Utah
Goblin Valley State Park, Utah

McWay Falls, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, California
McWay Falls, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, California

Middle Falls, Letchworth State Park, New York
Middle Falls, Letchworth State Park, New York

Slide Rock State Park, Arizona
Slide Rock State Park, Arizona




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