California State Parks


California State Parks  - The BeachCalifornia.com California State Parks list includes an awesome array of places and points of interest throughout California. You can visit beaches, the State Capitol building in Sacramento, a train museum, giant redwood forests, Hearst Castle, Oceano Recreational Vehicular Dunes off-road sand dune park, California missions, waterfalls, Old Town San Diego village, a ghost town, a fort, a lighthouse, mountains, lakes, bays, campgrounds and even houses and still be visiting the California State Parks. The primary distinction between California State Parks and California National Parks is the management of these entities.  The state park system is comprised of a much greater number of parks, 278 parks in the California State Park System in 23 districts, to be exact. The parks system includes five in the Off Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division. With a total of 1.5 million acres of land are owned by California State Parks (CSP), the area makes up nearly 1.5% of the total area of California. Wow! parks.ca.gov.


Facts: Over 6.7 million feet of waterfront includes 3.4 million feet of lakefront; 1.6 million feet (295 miles) of ocean front; 1.7 million feet of river front; 13,800+ camp sites; 662 overnight facilities; 7,000 picnic sites; 3,800 miles of non-motorized trails; over 77 million visitors annually.  Top Ten State Parks: 1. Old Town San Diego State Historic Park 2. Huntington State Beach 3. Sonoma Coast State Beach 4. Seacliff State Beach 5. Bolsa Chica State Beach 6. San Onofre State Beach 7. Doheny State Beach 8. Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area 9. New Brighton State Beach 10. Malibu Lagoon State Beach. Note: Abbreviated descriptions below include State Park = SP; State Beach = SB; State Recreation Area = SRA; State Historic Park = SHP.


California State Parks List - A to Z:


Admiral William Standley SRA  
Ahjumawi Lava Springs SP 
Anderson Marsh SHP 
Andrew Molera SP 
Angel Island SP 
Annadel SP 
Ano Nuevo SR 
Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve 
Antelope Valley Indian Museum 
anza borrego state park Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Armstrong Redwoods SR 
Arthur B. Ripley Desert Woodland State Park 
Asilomar SB & Conference Grounds 
Auburn SRA
Austin Creek SRA 
Azalea SRA 
Bale Grist Mill SHP 
Bean Hollow SB 
Benbow Lake SRA 
Benicia SRA 
Benicia Capitol SHP 
Bethany Reservoir SRA 
Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park
Bidwell-Sacramento River SP 
Big Basin Redwoods State Park 
Bodie SHP 
Border Field SP 
Bothe-Napa Valley SP 
Brannan Island SRA 
Burney Falls
Burton Creek SP 
Butano SP

Calaveras Big Trees SP 
California Citrus SHP 
California State Mining and Mineral Museum 

California State Capitol Museum 
California State Indian Museum 
California State Railroad Museum 
Candlestick Point SRA

Carnegie SVRA 

Caspar Headlands SB 
Caspar Headlands SR 
Castaic Lake SRA 
Castle Crags SP 
Castle Rock SP 
Caswell Memorial SP 

China Camp SP 
Chino Hills SP 
Chumash Painted Cave SHP 
Clay Pit SVRA 
Clear Lake SP 
Colonel Allensworth SHP   
Columbia SHP  
Colusa-Sacramento River  SRA 
Crystal Cove SP
Cuyamaca Rancho SP 
D. L. Bliss SP 
Del Norte Coast Redwoods SP 

Donner Memorial SP 

El Presidio de Santa Barbara SHP 
Emerald Bay SP 
Emma Wood SB 
Empire Mine SHP 
Folsom Lake SRA  
Folsom Powerhouse SHP 
Forest of Nisene Marks SP 
Fort Humboldt SHP 

Fort Ross SHP 
Fort Tejon SHP 
Fremont Peak SP 
Garrapata SP 
Gaviota SP
George J. Hatfield SRA 
Governor's Mansion SHP 
Gray Whale Cove 
Grizzly Creek Redwoods SP 
Grover Hot Springs SP 
Harry A. Merlo SRA 
Heber Dunes SVRA 
Hearst San Simeon SHM (Hearst Castle)
Hendy Woods SP 
Henry Cowell Redwoods SP 
Henry W. Coe SP 
Hollister Hills SVRA 
Humboldt Lagoons SP 
Humboldt Redwoods SP 
Hungry Valley SVRA 
Indian Grinding Rock SHP 
Indo Hills Palms 
Jack London SHP 
Jedediah Smith Redwoods SP 
Jughandle SR  Julia Pfeiffer Burns SP 
Kenneth Hahn SRA 
King's Beach SRA 
Kruse Rhododendron SR 
La Purisima Mission State Historic Park
Lake Oroville SRA 
Lake Perris SRA 
Lake Valley SRA 
Lakes Earl & Talawa 
Leland Stanford Mansion SHP 
Leo Carrillo SP 
Limekiln SP
Los Encinos SHP 
Los Osos Oaks SR 

MacKerricher SP 
Malakoff Diggins SHP 
Malibu Creek SP 
Malibu Lagoon SB (Adamson House) 
Manchester SP 
Manresa SB 
Marconi Conference Center SHP 

Marshall Gold Discovery SHP 
McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial SP 
McConnell SRA 
McGrath SB 
Mendocino Headlands SP 
Millerton Lake SRA 
Mono Lake Tufa SR 
Montana de Oro SP 
Monterey SHP 
Montgomery Woods SR 

Morro Bay SP 

Mount Diablo SP 
Mount San Jacinto SP & SW 
Mount Tamalpais SP 
Navarro River Redwoods SP 
Oceano Dunes SVRA 
Ocotillo Wells SVRA 
Old Sacramento SHP  
Old Town San Diego SHP 
Olompali SHP 
Pacheco SP 
Palomar Mountain SP 
Patrick's Point SP 

Petaluma Adobe SHP 
Pfeiffer Big Sur SP 
Picacho SRA 

Pigeon Point Light Station 
Pio Pico SHP 
Pismo SB & NP 
Placerita Canyon SP 
(Sierra) Plumas-Eureka SP 
Point Dume SB & NP 
Point Lobos SR 
Point Montara Light Station 
Point Mugu SP
Point Sur SHP 
Portola Redwoods SP 
Prairie City SVRA   
Prairie Creek Redwoods SP 
Providence Mountains SRA 
Railtown 1897 SHP 
Red Rock Canyon SP
Richardson Grove SP 
Ripley Desert Woodlands 
Robert Louis Stevenson SP 
Russian Gulch SP
Saddleback Butte SP 
Salt Point SP 
Salton Sea SRA 
Samuel P. Taylor SP 
San Bruno Mountain SP 
San Juan Bautista SHP 
San Luis Reservoir SRA 
San Onofre SB 
San Pasqual Battlefield SHP 
San Simeon SB & NP
Santa Cruz Mission SHP 

Santa Rosa Mountains SW 
Santa Susana Mountain SP 
Schooner Gulch SB 
Shasta SHP 
Sierra Plumas-Eureka SP 

Silverwood Lake SRA 
Sinkyone Wilderness SP 
Smithe Redwoods SR 
Sonoma SHP 
South Yuba River SP 
Standish-Hickey SRA 
Sugarloaf Ridge SP 
Sugar Pine Point SP 
State Capitol 
State Indian Museum 
State Railroad Museum 
Sunset SB
Sutter's Fort SHP 
Tahoe SRA 
Tijuana River National 
Estuary RP 
Tomales Bay SP 
Tomo-Kahni Project 
Topanga SP & SB 
Torrey Pines SB 
Torrey Pines SR 
Tule Elk SR 
Turlock Lake SRA 
Twin Lakes SB 
Van Damme SP 
Verdugo Mountains 
Washoe Meadows SP 
Wassama Roundhouse SHP 
Weaverville Joss House SHP 
Wilder Ranch SP 
Will Rogers SHP 
William S. Ide Adobe SHP 
Woodland Opera House SHP 
Woodson Bridge SRA 
 


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