20 Spectacular New York State Parks You Should Visit

At first mention, New York conjures images of towering skyscrapers and masses of people. The state is much more than a large, energetic city. New York is home to 180 beautiful state parks for you to explore. We will outline 20 wonderful New York state parks to visit. 

20 Spectacular New York State Parks

1. Letchworth State Park

The Genesee River carves a 600-foot-deep picturesque gorge with dozens of waterfalls. Many visitors focus on three breathtaking waterfalls easily accessed along the famous Gorge Trail. 

The second largest New York state park, Harriman State Park, holds 200 miles of hiking trails, 31 lakes and reservoirs, two beaches, miles of scenic roads and flowing streams, and spacious camping areas. It is about thirty miles north of New York City. 

2. Harriman State Park

3. Saratoga Spa State Park

More than a century ago, people believed the waters of Saratoga Springs had healing powers. Accordingly, they built spas and health centers, and bottled and sold the precious water. 

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Saratoga State Park resulted from an effort to preserve the mineral springs. The area was designated a state park in 1962 and a national historic landmark in 1987.  

4. Minnewaska State Park Preserve

You will discover three glassy lakes, breathtaking waterfalls, lush forests, ledges that yield surreal views, and clear streams coursing through valleys. 

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