Every year, our nation’s nearly 8,000 state parks see more than 720 million visitors—more than two-and-a-half times the number of all visits to national parks, which include marquee names such as Yosemite, Yellowstone, and the Grand Canyon.These state parks tend to be smaller than national parks, and relatively modest in comparison, but they form the backbone of our park system and enjoy fierce loyalty from families who visit year after year. Here are 10 you may not know about—but should.
by Deb Hopewell
Deb Hopewell is a freelance writer and editor whose travel stories have appeared in Fodors.com, TravelandLeisure.com, FourSeasons.com, Yahoo Travel, and the San Jose Mercury News, among others.
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