20 Wonderful 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.

Home to the “Grand Canyon of the East,” Letchworth State Park sits in Livingston and Wyoming counties in western New York. The Genesee River carves a 600-foot-deep picturesque gorge with dozens of waterfalls.

Letchworth State Park

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.

Harriman State Park

The peaceful park provides miles of nature trails, serene picnic areas, swimming, golf courses, and a creekside education center that offers year-round programs. You can enjoy ice skating, ice hockey, and cross-country skiing in winter.

Saratoga Spa State Park

The rugged, rocky terrain of the Shawangunk Mountain Ridge engulfs the beautiful 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.

Minnewaska State Park Preserve

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.

Watkins Glen State Park

The park holds 45 miles of crushed stone carriage roads where you can walk through forested hills, valleys, and sprawling pastoral fields. Highlights of the trails include beautiful gardens, Swan Lake, stone and wood bridges, babbling brooks, and weathered stone walls.

Rockefeller State Park Preserve

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