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Visit a State Park

Don’t want to drive too far from your brick-and-mortar location? Curious about what’s within your state’s borders? A visit to a state park might be just what you’re looking for.

Note: Before heading out to a state park, check the website for any COVID-19 restrictions. Direct links to state parks can be found here

There are definite benefits to putting a state park or two on your bucket list. With more than 10,000 state parks from sea to shining sea and everywhere in between, your options are practically limitless. And state parks can be less crowded than the sixty-plus national parks since they are often overlooked in favor of their better-known siblings. Depending on where the state park is located, you can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities: hiking, biking, fishing, boating, bird-watching and wildlife viewing, or just relaxing in a peaceful environment. 

While you may have to reserve your site in advance (although some state parks do keep a few sites available on a first-come, first-served basis), the cost can be less than at commercial campgrounds, with some state parks even allowing long-term stays. According to Current Camper, you may be eligible for a free or discounted rate if you’re a state resident, or if the park is waiving fees to encourage outdoor activities and reduce the contact between staff and visitors. 

One thing to keep in mind, cautions Current Camper, is that amenities can vary from park to park. Some state parks may offer all the bells and whistles you get at commercial sites—electric hookups, WiFi, and dump stations—while others may be more suitable for those who prefer to boondock. Check the websites to find out what amenities they offer, as well as any RV size restrictions, since not all state parks have campsites that can accommodate large campers, notes Less Junk<More Journey

For more information about state parks and to reserve a campsite, check the links below:

Alabama — Campground reservations

Alaska — Campground information

Arizona — Campground reservations

Arkansas — Campground reservations

California — Campground reservations

Colorado — Campground reservations 

Connecticut — Campground reservations

Delaware Campground reservations

Florida — Campground reservations

Georgia — Campground reservations

Hawaii — Campground reservations

Idaho — Campground reservations

Illinois — Campground reservations

Indiana — Campground reservations

Iowa — Campground reservations

Kansas — Campground reservations

Kentucky — Campground reservations

Louisiana — Campground reservations

Maine — Campground reservations

Maryland — Campground reservations

Massachusetts — Campground reservations

Michigan — Campground reservations

Minnesota — Campground reservations

Mississippi — Campground reservations

Missouri — Campground reservations

Montana — Campground reservations

Nebraska — Campground reservations

Nevada — Campground fees

New Hampshire — Campground reservations

New Jersey Campground reservations

New Mexico Campground reservations

New York — Campground reservations

North Carolina — Campground reservations

North Dakota — Campground reservations

Ohio — Campground reservations

Oklahoma — Campground reservations

Oregon — Campground reservations

Pennsylvania — Campground reservations

Rhode Island — Campground reservations

South Carolina — Campground reservations

South Dakota — Campground reservations

Tennessee — Campground reservations

Texas — Campground reservations

Utah — Campground reservations

Vermont — Campground reservations

Virginia — Campground reservations

Washington — Campground reservations

West Virginia — Campground reservations

Wisconsin — Campground reservations

Wyoming — Campground reservations

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