State Park Trails
While national parks are justly celebrated for their scenic beauty and recreation, state park trails offer some of the country's top hiking. State park trails can rival hikes in national parks and lead into memorable landscapes that may be well-known locally but not to hikers from around the country.
Point Lobos State Natural Reserve may be the single most beautiful spot along the entire 1,100-mile California coast. An extensive hiking trail network leads through its forests and along a rocky shoreline that's home to sea otters, harbor seals, and sea lions.
Less than two hours from New York City, Hudson Highlands State Park lets you escape on hikes that lead into forests and to amazing views of the Hudson River Valley. The park covers nearly 6,000 acres, which you can explore via its 25 miles of trails.
Learn about the natural world of Vermont's forests on these short-and-easy interpretive hikes. They're perfect for families and an ideal way for kids to discover nature.
Texas Outside provides an overview of the best state park hiking trails. You'll find reviews and links to the websites of parks all around the Lone Star State.