20 Spectacular New York State Parks You Should Visit

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

Watkins Glen State Park

Exploring the surreal beauty of Watkins Glen State Park is a joy. You will pass through tunnels, cross stone bridges and climb stairs as you admire 200-foot cliffs and 19 cascading waterfalls. 

Head to the eastern foothills in Pleasantville, along the Hudson River, and you will find Rockefeller State Park Preserve. It is the former property of the John D. Rockefeller and William Rockefeller families. 

Rockefeller State Park Preserve

Allegany State Park

New York’s largest state park, with nearly 65,000 acres is Allegany State Park. It sits in the western part of the state just north of the Allegheny National Forest in Pennsylvania.  

Self-Guided Tours

Two sections comprise the park: Red House Area and Quaker Run Area. Both areas offer similar experiences. 

Niagara Falls State Park

America’s oldest state park, Niagara Falls State Park, delivers views of the famous namesake waterfall, hiking trails, and interactive exhibits.  

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