Our Favorite State Parks in the South

Posted by Jennifer Frazier on September 23, 2016

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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Jennifer Frazier

After 10 years as a travel writer for Southern Living Magazine, Jen Frazier traded in the corporate world to stay home with her two children, three dogs and three hermit crabs.

Now she juggles carpool and laundry with writing for the Great American Country website, AAA Texas Journey Magazine and Texas Monthly Magazine, as well as blogging for While she lives in the big metropolis of Dallas, she longs for weekends in the country. To learn more about this award-winning writer (recipient of the Barbara Jordan Award and the Luce Award), visit her website at

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