Almost everyone has visited one or more of the 63 American national parks, such as Yosemite and the Grand Canyon. Many more have visited a state park close to home. But have you ever considered a vacation trip to see the best state parks in America?

 

Which are the best state parks?

  1. Na Pali Coast State Wilderness Park, Kauai, Hawaii – Razor-sharp cliffs jut up out of the ocean, creating spectacular views. Inaccessible by car, you can take flightseeing excursions or boat tours, which often include snorkeling or whales. You can rent a kayak and explore the sea caves. Hiking trails take you through beauty to waterfalls or beaches.

 

  1. Fall Creek Falls State Park, Tennessee – The 256 foot Fall Creek Falls is the highest free-fall waterfall in the East. The falls overlook is only 50 yards from the parking area. Hiking trails will take you to a swinging bridge over Cane Creek Falls and the Visitor Center. Another climbs down to the base of the falls for unforgettable photos. Don’t miss Rumbling Falls Cave and the Rumble Room. And the zip line. And the golf course.

 

  1. Tettegouche State Park, Minnesota – On Lake Superior’s shores, this park has magnificent views of the lake and the rugged cliffs that border it. There are 23 miles of hiking trails, along with groomed ski trails and snowmobile trails. High Falls cascades 60 feet into the Baptism River. Rent a kayak and paddle up the shore to Split Rock Lighthouse State Park to get photos of the lighthouse. The park offers great adventure for the whole family.

 

  1. Assateague Island State Park, Maryland – This barrier island lies between the Atlantic Ocean and Sinepuxent Bay. The ocean side offers surfing, swimming, and fishing, while the bayside is marshy, perfect for kayaking or canoeing. Birding is very popular here, especially during the spring and autumn migrations. There are deer and foxes, but the most famous denizens are the beautiful wild ponies of Assateague.

 

From Point Sur State Park in California and Chugach State Park in Alaska to Baxter State Park in Maine and Bahia Honda State Park in Florida, America’s 10,000+ state parks are worth a visit.