The Most beautiful

state parks

in the usa

According to the National Association of State Park Directors, there are 6,792 state park units in the United States, and the number grows larger each year.

Next time you’re itching for an outdoor escapade, check out some of these natural areas – the best state parks in the US.

Located in Red Rock Country, Dead Horse Point State Park features steep-walled canyons, high desert woodlands, and easy hiking trails.

Dead Horse Point State Park, Moab, UT

A trip to this stunning California State Park is worth any detours you have to make to get there.

Pfeiffer Big Sur California State Park, CA

This iconic state park is a geological wonderland, encompassing 40,000 acres of rock formations and ancient petrified trees.

Valley of Fire State Park, Overton, NV

Lake Tahoe is one of the most photographed spots in the world, and Emerald Bay State Park makes a great spot to check out the panoramic vistas.

Emerald Bay State Park, South Lake Tahoe, CA

Custer State Park encompasses 71,000 acres  in the Black Hills of South Dakota, with hundreds of miles of hiking trails, five lakes, and nine campgrounds.

Custer State Park, Custer, SD

Life is a bit slower on Burton Island. It’s the perfect place to hang the hammock, catch fireflies, and tell stories ‘round the campfire.

Burton Island State Park, VT

Tucked away in the southwest corner of Virginia are 4,502 acres of rolling hills, windswept ridges, dense forest, and wild ponies!

Grayson Highlands State Park, VA

Cascading waterfalls, incredible hiking trails. Mind-blowing fall foliage. Welcome to Franconia Notch!

Franconia Notch State Park, NH

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