I had no idea there were so many state parks. 8,565 of them.
The author says:
"As I began my yearlong exploration, a question nagged at me. Are state parks just less impressive versions of national parks? Eventually I realized the question made no sense. The two each have unique traits that make comparisons impossible. The singularity of state parks is their meld of nature, history, local culture and ordinary life. Here you find rites of passage, first campfires, an escape from work, and a quick, cheap break. National parks belong to everyone. State parks belong where they are."
State parks make accessing nature much more likely and simple for everyone who lives close by. They are perfect for staycations and weekends.
What are your favorite state parks?