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Top 8 Best Parks in New York State According to Locals


Nadezhda Verbitskaya

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There are 180 state parks in New York, all of which are beautiful and amazing. However, some of them impress visitors more than others. Check out this Reader's Choice List of New York State's Best Parks Only in your state and discover some new places in our great state!

1. Green Lakes State Park

Green Lakes State Park is located east of Syracuse and is a serene place to take a break from the bustling city. Two lakes - Green Lake and Round Lake - are strikingly beautiful. They have an unusual blue-green color that is not found anywhere else in New York. Visitors love to hike in the old forest, which takes up almost half of the park.

Green Lakes State Park, 7900 Green Lakes Rd, Fayetteville, NY 13066, USA

2. Townnock Falls State Park

Townnock Falls State Park is not that big, but it has a lot to offer. Most people come to this park to see the waterfall of the same name. But the park includes a section of Cayuga Lake shoreline.

Taughannock State Park Access Road, Taughannock State Park Access Rd, Ulysses, NY 14886, USA

3. Lake Minnewaska State Park Preserve

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The Lake Minnewaska State Park Preserve is a unique collection of five sky-colored lakes with rocky shores on the Shawangunk Range in Ulster County. It is a great place for picnics, hiking, mountain biking, snowshoeing and swimming.

Minnewaska State Park Preserve, 5281 Route 44-55, Kerhonkson, NY 12446, USA

4. Bear Mountain State Park

Bear Mountain State Park is popular with all New Yorkers, especially people who live in the New York metropolitan area and travel there for recreation. This 2-hectare park offers great mountain hiking and incredible views of the Hudson River.

Bear Mountain State Parkway, Bear Mountain State Pkwy, Mohegan Lake, NY, USA

5. Allegany State Park

Allegany State Park is the largest in New York State. You can get lost in it and explore its beauty for a few days - the best way possible.

Allegany State Park, Salamanca, NY 14779, USA

6. Robert H. Treman State Park

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Robert H. Treman State Park is one of several in the Ithaca area. It is full of unique rock formations and waterfalls. This natural pool at the foot of Lower Falls is a big attraction during the summer.

Robert Treman State Park Road, Robert Treman State Pk Rd, Newfield, NY 14867, USA

7. Heckscher State Park

Long Island is home to several state parks with ideal swimming beaches. Heckscher State Park is a great place to relax on the south shore on hot summer days, as well as walk along the ocean at any time of the year.

Heckscher State Parkway, Heckscher State Pkwy, East Islip, NY, USA

8. Watkins Glen State Park

Everyone loves Watkins Glen State Park. It is included in almost all lists of the best parks in the state of New York. And for good reason - there's nothing like it anywhere else.

Watkins Glen State Park, 1009 N Franklin St, Watkins Glen, NY 14891, USA

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