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14 Spectacular State Parks Across the Country

Where to find gorgeous scenery and outdoor fun

Ash Cave in Hocking Hills State Park

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Ohio's Hocking Hills State Park

Stunning canyons, lush forests, majestic mountains, rocky waterfalls, raging rivers — you'll find of all these natural delights at (surprise!) the roughly 8,500 state parks in the United States. For nature lovers wary of crowds, they can be a less-packed but just as beautiful alternative to iconic national parks such as Yellowstone and the Great Smoky Mountains. Here are 14 of our favorites.

Note: Due to the coronavirus outbreak, some state parks are limiting the number of visitors, primarily on busy weekends, so arrive early in the morning. And before visiting a state park, check its website for updates and alerts, as well as current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention safe travel guidelines.

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