Hiking

Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park

Size: 
46000 acres

Location

Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park
12301 Burnt Store Road
Punta Gorda, FL 33955
United States
Phone: (941) 575-5861
26° 52' 7.554" N, 82° 1' 26.22" W

Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park protects 70 miles of shoreline around Charlotte Harbor in southwest Florida. Most of the preserve is comprised of marshes, mangrove forests, scrubland and upland forest.

Kayaking or canoeing is a great way to explore Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park. Hiking is another popular activity for families and there are several miles of trails. Families are urged to bring plenty of water and insect repellant.

Lovers Key State Park

Size: 
712 acres

Location

Lovers Key State Park
8700 Estero Boulevard
Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931
United States
Phone: (239) 463-4588
26° 24' 12.5244" N, 81° 52' 32.0808" W

Lovers Key State Park is located on the Gulf Coast of Florida. The park is comprised of four barrier islands, including its namesake. The islands were once accessible only by boat, but now a series of bridges make them accessible by land.

A two mile beach on Lovers Key is a popular destination for swimming. The waters surrounding the islands are popular for canoeing and kayaking. Boats can be rented at the park's concession building. There is also great fishing for tarpon, trout and redfish.

Oconee State Park

Size: 
1165 acres

Location

Oconee State Park
624 State Park Road
Mountain Rest, SC 29664
United States
Phone: (864) 638-5353
34° 52' 6.8016" N, 83° 6' 19.6848" W

Oconee State Park is located in the Blue Ridge Mountain region of South Carolina. The park was developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930s and many of the original buildings remain in use within the park. The park is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Bear Brook State Park

Size: 
10000 acres

Location

Bear Brook State Park
157 Deerfield Road
Allenstown, NH 03275
United States
Phone: (603) 485-9874
43° 9' 15.3324" N, 71° 21' 58.4928" W

Bear Brook State Park is located in southeast New Hampshire in Allenstown. It is the largest developed state park in the state. Many of the buildings were constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and the park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Jericho Mountain State Park

Size: 
7430 acres

Location

Jericho Mountain State Park
Jericho Lake Road
Berlin, NH 03570
United States
Phone: (603) 271-3254
44° 29' 56.634" N, 71° 14' 46.32" W

Jericho Mountain State Park is located in the White Mountains in New Hampshire. A major feature of the park is Jericho Lake, a flood control reservoir that controls the water flow of the Dead River.

The park was created in 2005 and is still being developed. The park is currently for day use and there are plans to develop a campground with up to 200 campsites.

Pikes Peak State Park

Size: 
960 acres

Location

Pikes Peak State Park
32264 Pikes Peak Road
McGregor, IA 52157
United States
42° 59' 41.3088" N, 91° 9' 57.8088" W

Pikes Peak State Park is located in northeastern Iowa along the Upper Mississippi River at the confluence with the Wisconsin River. A 500-foot bluff overlooks the river and provides scenic views. The park is named for Zebulon Pike, who also has Pikes Peak in Colorado named for him.

Effigy Mounds National Monument

Size: 
2526 acres

Location

Effigy Mounds National Monument
151 Hwy 76
Harpers Ferry, IA 52146
United States
Phone: (563) 873-3491
43° 5' 13.1676" N, 91° 11' 0.2868" W

Effigy Mounds National Monument is located in northeastern Iowa and preserves three prehistoric sites. The site protects burial mounds that were created in the shapes of animals, birds and reptiles.

There are 14 miles of hiking trails over steep terrain. Birding is a popular activity and each year the monument hosts an Annual Hawk Watch Weekend.

Smith Rock State Park

Size: 
651 acres

Location

Smith Rock State Park
9241 Wallenberg Road
Terrebonne, OR 97760
United States
Phone: (541) 548-7501
44° 21' 36.4428" N, 121° 8' 19.8276" W

Smith Rock State Park is located in central Oregon on the high desert plateau. Within the park, the Crooked River winds through large rock spires formed by volcanic activity. The rock cliffs are internationally known for rock climbing and there are hundreds of climbing routes within the park.

Kent Falls State Park

Size: 
295 acres

Location

Kent Falls State Park
462 Kent Cornwall Road
Kent, CT 06757
United States
Phone: (860) 927-3238
41° 46' 36.2424" N, 73° 25' 4.9728" W

Kent Falls State Park is located in the northeastern part of Kent, Connecticut. The park is located in the Litchfield Hills, which is part of the southern Berkshire Mountains.

The focal point of the park is the series of waterfalls on a a tributary of the Housatonic River called Falls Brook that drop 250 feet in under a quarter mile. The largest cascade drops 70 feet into a reflecting pool. The falls are especially dramatic in the early spring after the snow melts and after a heavy rain.

Lake Murray State Park

Size: 
12500 acres

Location

Lake Murray State Park
Route 77S
Ardmore, OK 73401
United States
Phone: (580) 223-4044
34° 3' 59.3676" N, 97° 6' 1.728" W

Lake Murray State Park is Oklahoma's largest state park and is located in the south central portion of the state. The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) constructed the park and employed nearly 17,000 men.

Lake Murray provides a wide range of water recreation. Boating is a popular activity and families can rent canoes, kayaks, paddle boats, jet skis, sailboats and ski boats.