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State Park

A historical, cultural or otherwise important area set aside by a state to be protected because of its significance.


Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park

Royal, Antelope County, Nebraska, 68773
The Ashfall Fossil Beds are rare fossil site types called lagerst�tten that, due to extraordinary local conditions, capture a moment in time ecological "snapshot" in a range of well-preserved fossilized organisms.


Barnegat Lighthouse

Barnegat Light, Ocean County, New Jersey, 08006
Barnegat Lighthouse, colloquially known as "Old Barney", is located on the northern tip of Long Beach Island. Situated along the Barnegat Inlet, it is the fourth tallest lighthouse in the United States.


Big Bone Lick State Park

Union, Boone County, Kentucky, 41091
Big Bone Lick State Park features several nature trails, including a Discovery Trail that includes a boardwalk around a marsh bog diorama with recreations of a woolly mammoth, a mastodon, a ground sloth, bison, and scavengers feeding on carcasses and skeletal remains.


Bushy Run Battlefield State Park

Penn Township, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania
The Battle of Bushy Run was a major victory for the British during Pontiac's Rebellion and enabled them to secure their control of the Ohio River Valley and what was to become the Northwest Territory.


Cape Henlopen State Park

Lewes, Sussex County, Delaware, 19958
William Penn made the beaches of Cape Henlopen one of the first public lands established in what has become the United States in 1682 with the declaration that Cape Henlopen would be for "the usage of the citizens of Lewes and Sussex County."


Chimney Rock State Park

Chimney Rock, Rutherford County, North Carolina, 28720
Formerly Hickory Nut Gorge State Park, the park includes the old Chimney Rock Park containing the chimney and cliffs. Chimney Rock is accessible by elevator and providing views of the park and surrounding countryside.


City of Rocks National Reserve

Malta, Cassia County, Idaho, 83342
The Idaho Legislature declared part of the City of Rocks as a state park on February 27, 1957. The City of Rocks is a popular rock climbing area, with over 1,000 traditional and bolt-protected routes.


Crater of Diamonds State Park

Murfreesboro, Pike County, Arkansas, 71958
The site became a state park in 1972 after the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism purchased the site from the Arkansas Diamond Company and Ozark Diamond Mines Corporation, who had previously operated the site as a tourist attraction.


Devil's Lake State Park

Baraboo, Sauk County, Wisconsin, 53913
Devil's Lake State Park is a state park located in the Baraboo Range in eastern Sauk County, just south of Baraboo, Wisconsin. Devil's Lake State Park is the biggest state park in Wisconsin.


Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park

Droop, Pocahontas County, West Virginia, 24946
Droop Mountain was the site of the last major conflict of the American Civil War in West Virginia. The battlefield was transformed into a historical, outdoor recreation area by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression.


Gillette Castle State Park

East Haddam, Connecticut, 06423
Gillette Castle State Park straddles the towns of East Haddam and Lyme. The castle was originally a private residence commissioned and designed by William Gillette, an American actor who is most famous for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes on stage.


Goblin Valley State Park

Emery County, Utah
Goblin Valley State Park is a state park of Utah. Its eminent feature is its thousands of hoodoos and hoodoo rocks, referred to locally as "goblins", which are formations of mushroom-shaped rock pinnacles, some as high as several meters.


High Cliff State Park

Sherwood, Wisconsin, 54169
High Cliff State Park is a 1,187-acre Wisconsin state park near Sherwood, Wisconsin. It is the only state-owned recreation area located on Lake Winnebago.


John Gorrie Museum State Park

Apalachicola, Franklin County, Florida, 32320
John Gorrie received the first U.S. Patent for mechanical refrigeration in 1851. A replica of the first ice-making machine is on display at the museum, as well as exhibits chronicling the colorful history of Apalachicola.


Mackinac Island State Park

Mackinac Island, Michigan, 49757
Mackinac Island State Park was first established as Mackinac National Park in 1875, which was the second national park established in the United States after Yellowstone National Park. In 1895, it was transferred to state control and was the first state p


Pictograph Cave

Billings, Montana, 59101
Pictograph Cave is a 23-acre (93,000 m2) area of three caves (Pictograph, Middle, and Ghost caves) located 5 miles (8 km) south of Billings, Montana. Excavation of the three caves began in 1937.


Sesquicentennial State Park

South Carolina
Sesquicentennial State Park is a state park in the Sandhills region of South Carolina. Located in the suburbs of the state capital, Columbia, Sesquicentennial State Park's 1,419 acres (5.74 km2) include a 30-acre (120,000 m2) lake.


Spring Mill State Park

Mitchell, Lawrence County, Indiana, 47446
Spring Mill State Park is a 1,358-acre (5 km2) state park located on the Mitchell Karst Plain, which allowed caves and sinkholes to form in the limestone. Caves include Bronson Cave, Twin Caves, Shawnee Cave (Donaldson Cave), and Hamer Cave.


State Capitol Grounds

Bismarck, Burleigh County, North Dakota, 58505
The State Capitol grounds serve as a hub for the state's government departments and the numerous parks, walking trails, and monuments on the grounds give visitors an insight into the state's history, making it one of the city's tourist attractions.


Tomlinson Run State Park

Hancock County, West Virginia
Tomlinson Run State Park sits on 1,398-acres (5.66 km�) along the small Ohio River tributary of the same name. The park may be the only place in West Virginia that offers overnight accommodations in a yurt.


Waimea Canyon

Waimea, Hawaii, 96796
Waimea Canyon, also known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, is a large canyon, approximately ten miles (16 km) long and up to 3,000 feet (900 m) deep, located on the western side of Kauaʻi in the Hawaiian Islands of the United States.

Top 10 Most Popular State Park Landmarks

  1. City of Rocks National Reserve
  2. Chimney Rock State Park
  3. Big Bone Lick State Park
  4. Crater of Diamonds State Park
  5. Barnegat Lighthouse
  6. Gillette Castle State Park
  7. Spring Mill State Park
  8. Bushy Run Battlefield State Park
  9. Mackinac Island State Park
  10. Goblin Valley State Park