State parks are primarily renowned for its scenic splendor, but numerous of these protected areas also boast historic significance, cultural landmarks, and recreational areas. From miles of picturesque hiking trails and lakes to battlegrounds and former military forts, state parks offer visitors a ton of activities to do, sights to see, and opportunities to learn about history. With that said, here are the top state parks across the nation to check out.

Visit The Best State Parks In All 50 U.S. States:

1. Alabama
Gulf State Park
Gulf Shores, AL

2. Alaska
Point Bridget State Park
Juneau, AK

3. Arizona
Kartchner Caverns State Park
Benson, AZ

4. Arkansas
Petit Jean State Park
Morrilton, AR

5. California
Crystal Cove State Park
Laguna Beach, CA

6. Colorado
Cheyenne Mountain State Park
Colorado Springs, CO

7. Connecticut
Silver Sands State Park
Milford, CT

8. Delaware
Delaware Seashore State Park
Rehoboth Beach, DE

9. Florida
Anastasia State Park
Saint Augustine, FL

10. Georgia
Sweetwater Creek State Park
Lithia Springs, GA

11. Hawaii
ʻAkaka Falls State Park
Honomu, HI

12. Idaho
Ponderosa State Park
McCall, ID

13. Illinois
Moraine Hills State Park
McHenry, IL

14. Indiana
Fort Harrison State Park
Indianapolis, IN

15. Iowa
Lake Macbride State Park
Solon, IA

16. Kansas
Clinton State Park
Lawrence, KS

17. Kentucky
Fort Boonesborough State Park
Richmond, KY

18. Louisiana
Fontainebleau State Park
Mandeville, LA

19. Maine
Camden Hills State Park
Camden, ME

20. Maryland
Patapsco Valley State Park
Ellicott City, MD

21. Massachusetts
Halibut Point State Park
Rockport, MA

22. Michigan
P.J. Hoffmaster State Park
Muskegon, MI

23. Minnesota
Minneopa State Park
Mankato, MN

24. Mississippi
LeFleur's Bluff State Park
Jackson, MS

25. Missouri
Lake of the Ozarks State Park
Kaiser, MO

26. Montana
Pictograph Cave State Park
Billings, MT

27. Nebraska
Eugene T. Mahoney State Park
Ashland, NE

28. Nevada
Valley of Fire State Park
Overton, NV

29. New Hampshire
Franconia Notch State Park
Lincoln, NH

30. New Jersey
Liberty State Park
Jersey City, NJ

31. New Mexico
Elephant Butte Lake State Park
Elephant Butte, NM

32. New York
Niagara Falls State Park
Niagara Falls, NY

33. North Carolina
Jockey's Ridge State Park
Nags Head, NC

34. North Dakota
Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park
Mandan, ND

35. Ohio
Hocking Hills State Park
Logan, OH

36. Oklahoma
Lake Thunderbird State Park
Norman, OK

37. Oregon
Oswald West State Park
Arch Cape, OR

38. Pennsylvania
Samuel S. Lewis State Park
York, PA

39. Rhode Island
Colt State Park
Bristol, RI

40. South Carolina
Huntington Beach State Park
Murrells Inlet, SC

41. South Dakota
Custer State Park
Custer, SD

42. Tennessee
Cummins Falls State Park
Cookeville, TN

43. Texas
Dinosaur Valley State Park
Glen Rose, TX

44. Utah
Goblin Valley State Park
Green River, UT

45. Vermont
Woodford State Park
Bennington, VT

46. Virginia
First Landing State Park
Virginia Beach, VA

47. Washington
Pacific Beach State Park
Pacific Beach, WA

48. West Virginia
Berkeley Springs State Park
Berkeley Springs, WV

49. Wisconsin
Peninsula State Park
Fish Creek, WI

50. Wyoming
Curt Gowdy State Park
Cheyenne, WY

This article was written by Justina Tran.