State park

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State Parks by Country:
United States has 6,792 state park units
– U.S. state parks receive 813 million annual visits
– U.S. state parks offer over 43,000 miles of trail
– Alaska State Parks is the largest state park system in the U.S.
– State park systems include various designations like state recreation areas and state beaches

– Niagara Falls State Park in New York is claimed to be the oldest state park in the U.S.
– Indian Springs State Park in Georgia has been operating since 1825
– Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove were ceded to California in 1864
– Itasca State Park in Minnesota was the first designated state park
– State park systems in the U.S. date back to the 1930s with federal assistance

– Brazil also has state parks
– The management and administration of state parks in Brazil are similar to those in other countries
– State parks in Brazil aim to preserve natural beauty and historical sites
– The concept of state parks in Brazil may vary from state to state
– State parks in Brazil contribute to conservation efforts

See Also:
– Wikimedia Commons has media related to State parks
– Denali State Park in Alaska is a notable state park
– Lists of state parks by U.S. state are available for reference
– The National Wilderness Preservation System is related to state parks
– Additional resources and information on state parks can be found

– Collaborative Australian Protected Area Database provides information on terrestrial protected areas in Australia
– National Association of State Park Directors offers insights into America’s State Parks
– Alaska State Parks website provides details on state parks in Alaska
– Various historical perspectives on state parks are available for further reading
– Additional references and resources are available for in-depth exploration

State park (Wikipedia)

State parks are parks or other protected areas managed at the sub-national level within those nations which use "state" as a political subdivision. State parks are typically established by a state to preserve a location on account of its natural beauty, historic interest, or recreational potential. There are state parks under the administration of the government of each U.S. state, some of the Mexican states, and in Brazil. The term is also used in the Australian states of Victoria and New South Wales. The equivalent term used in Canada, Argentina, South Africa, and Belgium, is provincial park. Similar systems of local government maintained parks exist in other countries, but the terminology varies.

Old Man's Cave in Hocking Hills State Park, Ohio, US

State parks are thus similar to national parks, but under state rather than federal administration. Similarly, local government entities below state level may maintain parks, e.g., regional parks or county parks. In general, state parks are smaller than national parks, with a few exceptions such as the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in California, and Wood-Tikchik State Park in Alaska, the largest state park in the United States.

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