Biking

Blackbird State Forest

Size: 
4800 acres

Location

Blackbird State Forest
502 Blackbird Forest Road
Smyrna, DE 19977
United States
Phone: (302) 653-6505
39° 20' 48.7536" N, 75° 40' 40.5732" W

Blackbird State Forest is located near Smyrna, Delaware and is along the border of Kent and New Castle counties. It is Delaware's northernmost state forest.

There are 40 miles of trails through the forest that can be used for hiking, biking and horseback riding. There is also a 2,200 foot paved nature trail that is wheelchair accessible.

George Washington and Jefferson National Forests

Size: 
1788739 acres

Location

George Washington and Jefferson National Forests
5162 Valleypointe Parkway
Roanoke, VA 24019
United States
Phone: (540) 265-5100‎
37° 19' 58.1484" N, 79° 59' 16.2276" W

George Washington and Jefferson National Forests are located primarily in the Appalachian Mountains of western Virginia, but also have portions in West Virginia and Kentucky. The two forests are next to each other and combine to form one of the largest areas of public land in the Eastern United States. They are also administratively combined and function as a single unit.

Virginia's highest point, Mount Rogers, is located within the forest at the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area. There are 230,000 acres of old growth forest and 139,461 acres are designated wilderness area.

Harriman State Park

Size: 
46613 acres

Location

Harriman State Park
7 Lakes Road
Southfields, NY 10975
United States
41° 12' 51.9768" N, 74° 7' 23.8476" W

Harriman State Park is the second largest state park in New York and is located in Rockland and Orange Counties. There are miles of streams and over 30 lakes and reservoirs, including Lake Sebago, Lake Tiorati, Lake Welch and Lake Kanawauke.

There are over 40 marked trails that total 225 miles of footpaths. Over 18 miles of the Appalachian Trail run through the park. For overnight visitors, there are two public camping areas.

Clarence Fahnestock State Park

Size: 
14086 acres

Location

Clarence Fahnestock State Park
1498 Route 301
Carmel, NY 10512
United States
Phone: (845) 225-7207
41° 28' 12.5832" N, 73° 49' 32.8296" W

Clarence Fahnestock State Park is located in Putnam and Dutchess Counties in New York. The park has over 14,000 acres of forest and has a rich history for mining iron ore. Evidence of the iron industry remain in the form of mine excavations and stone building foundations.

Rocky Mountain National Park

Size: 
265769 acres

Location

Rocky Mountain National Park
1000 U.S. 36
Estes Park, CO 80517
United States
Phone: (970) 586-1206
40° 22' 31.422" N, 105° 30' 21.42" W

Rocky Mountain National Park is located in Colorado and protects over a quarter of a million acres of the Rocky Mountain chain. The Continental Divide splits the park, resulting in the eastern and western portions of the park having different characteristics. The eastern portion of the park is typically drier and has glaciated peaks, while the western portion is typically wet and lush.

Yellowstone National Park

Size: 
2219789 acres

Location

Yellowstone National Park
Route 189
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
United States
Phone: (307) 344-7381
44° 32' 53.0088" N, 110° 35' 39.462" W

Yellowstone National Park is a vast area of wilderness that is located primarily in Northwest Wyoming and also has portions within the states of Montana and Idaho. It was established as a park by U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant in 1872. It is especially notable as being the world's first National Park.

Arches National Park

Size: 
76358 acres

Location

Arches National Park
Route 191
Moab, UT 84532
United States
38° 36' 49.5432" N, 109° 37' 32.052" W

Arches National Park is located in Northeast Utah and preserves over 2000 natural rock arches, including the famous Delicate Arch.

Rock climbing is popular in the park, but strictly regulated. All climbing on any arch or natural bridge named on the United States Geological Survey 7.5 minute topographical maps covering Arches National Park are prohibited. Families are advised to get current regulations from a ranger in advance of any climbing-related activities.

Cook Forest State Park

Size: 
8500 acres

Location

Cook Forest State Park
113 River Road
Cooksburg, PA 16217
United States
Phone: (814) 744-8407
41° 19' 41.7756" N, 79° 11' 14.4672" W

Cook Forest State Park is designated one of Twenty Must-See Pennsylvania State Parks by the Pennsylvania DCNR. The Clarion River runs through the park and offers paddling and trout fishing.

There are 29 miles of hiking trails, including a portion of the 140-mile Baker Trail. There are 24 rustic cabins and 210 campsites for overnight stays.

Birding is a popular activity within the park. The PA DCNR offers a downloadable bird checklist for Cook Forest State Park.

Bannack State Park

Size: 
1529 acres

Location

Bannack State Park
4200 Bannack Rd
Dillon, MT 59725
United States
Phone: (406) 834-3413
45° 11' 12.8976" N, 113° 1' 23.3256" W

Bannack State Park is located near Dillon, MT and was the site of Montana's first major gold discovery in the mid-1800s. The resulting gold rush increased Bannack's population to over 3,000. It is now a ghost town with over 50 buildings lining Main Street. Bannack is designated a National Historic Landmark.

Glacier National Park

Size: 
1013322 acres

Location

Glacier National Park
Route 2
West Glacier, MT 59936
United States
Phone: (406) 888-7800
48° 27' 54.54" N, 113° 49' 56.6904" W

Glacier National Park is located in Northern Montana near the Canadian border. It is a vast area of land that is known for tall mountain peaks and beautiful lakes.

Due to it's shear size, there is a wealth of outdoor activities for families within the park. There are over 700 miles of hiking trails offering trips ranging from day hikes to extended excursions. There are 13 campgrounds within Glacier National Park. Backcountry camping is also permitted, but campers need to get a permit from the visitors center or a ranger office.