Wildlife Viewing

Maplewood State Park

Size: 
9250 acres

Location

Maplewood State Park
39721 Park Entrance Road
Pelican Rapids, MN 56572
United States
Phone: (218) 863-8383
46° 32' 18.87" N, 95° 57' 13.5936" W

Maplewood State Park is located in Western Minnesota in the Leaf Mountains. The park features numerous hardwood trees like oak, elm and maple that provide excellent fall foliage.

Miles of trails offer families great hiking and horseback riding. During the winter, the trails offer cross-country skiing, snow shoeing and snowmobiling.

Pisgah National Forest

Size: 
510119 acres

Location

Pisgah National Forest
State Highway 80 South and Blue Ridge Parkway
Burnsville, NC 28714
United States
Phone: (828) 257-4200
35° 44' 45.6432" N, 82° 20' 20.526" W

Pisgah National Forest is located in western North Carolina and includes a portion of the southern Appalachian Mountains. The forest contains some of the highest mountains in the Eastern United States with peaks reaching over 6,000 feet. It is managed jointly with three other North Carolina National Forests from a shared headquarters in Asheville, North Carolina.

Everglades National Park

Size: 
1500000 acres

Location

Everglades National Park
40001 State road 9336
Homestead, FL 33034
United States
Phone: (305) 242-7700
25° 24' 29.61" N, 80° 31' 24.3228" W

Everglades National Park covers over 1.5 million acres in the Florida Everglades and is the third largest national park in the 48 contiguous United States. The park was created to protect a fragile ecosystem of interconnected wetlands and is the largest mangrove ecosystem in the Western Hemisphere. It is one of only three places in the world to be designated as a World Heritage Site, an International Biosphere Reserve and a Wetland of International Importance.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Caesar Creek State Park

Size: 
7941 acres

Location

Caesar Creek State Park
8570 East State Route 73
Waynesville, OH 45068
United States
Phone: (937) 488-4595
39° 30' 31.0392" N, 84° 1' 29.5536" W

Caesar Creek State Park is located in Southwestern Ohio. A central feature of the park is Caesar Creek Lake, which was formed when the Army Corps of Engineers erected a dam on Caesar Creek for flood control.

Caesar Creek Lake provides extensive water recreation. Four boat ramps provide water access and there is an unlimited horsepower designation for power boats. There is great fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and crappie.

Fort Washington State Park

Size: 
493 acres

Location

Fort Washington State Park
500 South Bethlehem Pike
Fort Washington, PA 19034
United States
Phone: (215) 591-5250
40° 7' 27.138" N, 75° 13' 2.856" W

Fort Washington State Park is located in Springfield and Whitemarsh Townships, Pennsylvania and is about 17 miles from the city of Philadelphia. The park is named for a temporary fort constructed by General George Washington's troops in the autumn of 1777. While the fort no longer exists at the site, a museum has been established within the park in the historic Clifton House.