America's State Parks

Thrillist’s THE 25 BEST STATE PARKS IN AMERICA YOU ABSOLUTELY MUST VISIT

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While America’s 59 national parks may get all the glory and the Ken Burns documentaries, nearly three times as many people visit the country’s 10,234 state park areas each year. Spanning a total of more than 18 million acres across the US, America’s state parks take up the equivalent land area of 13.6 million football fields — or roughly the size of South Carolina.

So yeah, there’s kind of a lot to explore. To help us narrow down a list of the cream of the crop, we consulted locals throughout the country to give us their top picks of their favorite state parks. Behold, our glorious unveiling of America’s top 25.

Thillist’s 25 State Parks to Visit

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