We offer a guide to some of the best state parks in the South, including stunning beauties in Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas.
Well kept. Gorgeous. Affordable. Not crowded. Breathtaking scenery. Easy.
Those are just a few characteristics of the 6,600 state parks in the United States. When the rest of the country is waiting in line at one of America’s big theme parks (perhaps the one with big mouse ears or six flags waving out front), choose to visit one of these well-kept secrets. The states parks of America disguise themselves under many names: state forests, natural areas, national forests, national grasslands, landmarks, monuments, historic sites, geologic sites, recreation trails, memorial sites, preserves, wayside areas, heritage parks, resource centers, scenic rivers, agricultural areas, state forest nurseries, metro parks, fishing piers or wildlife areas.
The seasons don’t discriminate here. In winter, there’s magical snow, ice and winter blooming trees. In spring, a rainbow of wild flowers appears, bringing color from the cold. In the summer, it’s hot, but swimming in rivers and beaches makes vacations great. And the magic of changing leaves in fall is indescribable. This is truly the best in nature the country has to offer.
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