State Park

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.

Silver Lake State Park

Size: 
2936 acres

Location

Silver Lake State Park
9679 West State Park Road
Mears, MI 49436
United States
Phone: (231) 873-3083
43° 39' 2.538" N, 86° 30' 59.1012" W

Silver Lake State Park is located in Oceana County, Michigan on Lake Michigan. The park is comprised of dune ridges and mature forest.

A popular feature of the park is the 450-acre off-road vehicle (ORV) area. The ORV area has trails for motorcycles, ATVs and larger ORVs. Specific regulations apply and families should review regulations before operating ORVs within the park.

Silver Lake campground offers 200 campsites with electrical hookups. The campground has modern restrooms and dumpsters.

Banning State Park

Size: 
6237 acres

Location

Banning State Park
61101 Banning Park Road
Sandstone, MN 55072
United States
Phone: (320) 245-2668
46° 7' 53.0076" N, 92° 51' 44.496" W

Banning State Park is located in Eastern Minnesota. The park resides within a shallow valley carved by the Kettle River and has many glacial potholes created by the Wisconsin glaciation thousands of years ago.

The river is a focal point of the park and provides a variety of water recreation. It is a popular place for canoeing and kayaking and features a 1.5-mile stretch of rapids, some of which are Class IV. Fishing is also a popular activity and record sturgeon have been caught in Kettle River.

Camden Hills State Park

Size: 
5500 acres

Location

Camden Hills State Park
280 Belfast Road
Camden, ME 04843
United States
Phone: (207) 236-3109
44° 13' 30.4932" N, 69° 3' 3.1356" W

Camden Hills State Park is located in the Midcoast region of Maine. A major feature of the park of the park is Mount Battie, which has a scenic outlook offering great views the town of Camden, Penobscot Bay and the surrounding area. Camden Hills State Parkis highly regarded as a place to view fall foliage.

Thousand Hills State Park

Size: 
3215 acres

Location

Thousand Hills State Park
20431 State Highway 157
Kirksville, MO 63501
United States
Phone: (660) 665-6995
40° 12' 3.9924" N, 92° 38' 39.714" W

Thousand Hills State Park is located in Adair County, Missouri in the northern part of the state. Major features of the park are the 703-acre Forrest Lake and Native American petroglyphs that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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.