Hidden away throughout New York state you’ll find more than 200 state parks and historic sites, waiting to be explored! Glancing at this long list of parks can be a bit intimidating, to help make things easier for you we’ve gone ahead and picked out 10 state parks that are guaranteed to knock your socks off. Let’s check these out!
1. Chittenango Falls State Park, Cazenovia
Wondering what the main attraction at this state park is? If you guessed that it's the 167-foot tall waterfall... you're right! Featuring a handful of perfect places to have picnics, this park is great to visit for a peaceful day out.
2. Wildwood State Park, Wading River
Can I just hop right into this picture? Captured above you can see the gorgeous views you'll have when you're visiting this park. With views of the Long Island Sound and peaceful trails to stroll, this Suffolk County beauty will have you double checking that you're still in New York!
3. Letchworth State Park, Castile
Following alongside the Genesee River, just south of Rochester you'll find this absolutely amazing and worth visiting, state park. With over fourteen thousand acres and three major waterfalls, there's plenty to keep you busy here! Loved for its eye catching hot air balloon festivals, whitewater rafting and peaceful camping, this park is diverse to say the least.
4. Green Lakes State Park, Fayetteville
Named after one of its stunning lakes, this state park actually features another scenic lake that's been named a National Natural Landmark, Round Lake! One of the many things that makes this place a beloved tourist attraction is that it features an 18-hole golf course. Time to get swinging!
5. Fair Haven Beach State Park, Sterling
Found on the eastern part of Lake Ontario's shoreline, this amazing public waterfront has over 1,500 feet of beach. With a considerable size swimming area and camp sites tucked away in the woods, this park has been a long time family favorite place to visit.
6. Harriman State Park, Sloatsburg
New York state's 2nd largest park, this breathtaking area you must check out. Where do we begin? With over 200 miles of hiking trails, over 30 lakes and plenty of public camping areas, you'll easily forget that you're just a short drive north of the big city.
7. Watkins Glen State Park, Watkins Glen
Over the course of a short but steady trail of just 2-miles long, you'll be able to view nearly 20 waterfalls. Wow! Don't worry if
that isn't enough to keep you occupied, this park also offers great spots for camping, swimming pools, picnic areas and guided tours along the trails!
8. Cherry Plain State Park, Cherry Plain
Featuring the relaxing beach at Black River Pond, this 175-acre state park is small but mighty! With campgrounds nearby to the beach and prime fishing spots all year round, though it's currently undergoing improvements its more than worth seeing!
9. Minnewaska State Park Preserve, Kerhonkson
Located on the Shawagunk Ridge, this park has over twenty thousand acres! Providing you breathtaking views of the Catskills, this rocky terrain will surely bring out the adventurer in you!
Have you ever visited any of these New York incredible state parks? If we made a Part-2 to this post, which state parks would you hope to see included?