National parks get massive amounts of visitors every year. According to the National Park Service, in 2021, national parks had 297,115,406 visits. However, state parks put up impressive numbers also. According to the Discoverer, state parks in the United States average around 807 million visitors annually.
Florida's tourism gets a boost from its own state park system. According to the Florida State Parks Foundation, Florida welcomed 29 million visitors to its 175 state parks in 2021, generating $176 million in revenue.
Determining the Best State Parks: Every state park has something unique to offer visitors, but the travel website the Discoverer put together a list of what it believes are the best state park in each state to celebrate "the grandeur, history, and natural beauty" that each state has to offer.
What Were the Criteria?: The site did not list any specific criteria, but looking at the state parks chosen and the commentary for each, the Discoverer appeared to prioritize natural beauty and unique experiences.
What State Park is Considered the Best in Florida?: The sunshine state has several gorgeous state parks to choose from, such as Silver Springs State Park, Myakka River State Park, Jonathan Dickinson State Park, Bahia Honda State Park, Grayton Beach State Park, and Anastasia State Park, to name only a few.
Ultimately, the Discoverer chose Ichetucknee Springs State Park just outside of Ft. White, in north-central Florida, as the best state park in Florida. The site appreciated the ability to tube down the Ichetucknee River from Memorial Day until Labor Day. Visitors may also canoe, kayak, snorkel, scuba dive, or cave dive. There are 9 named springs in the Park. As popular as the springs are, there are also hiking trails available.
Although the Discoverer's choice was arguably subjective, Ichetucknee Springs State Park earns high marks from other travel websites as well. TripAdvisor's users have given it a nearly five star rating, with many calling it one of the best springs in Florida, and several reviewers noting its cleanliness. Google reviewers also gave the Park high marks, and many enjoyed the 72 degree water.
Here are some tips for tubing at the Park:
The Best State Park in Each State: The Discoverer also chose what it considered the best State Park from all 50 states. Here were the choices:
DeSoto State Park, Alabama
Chugach State Park, Alaska
Red Rock State Park, Arizona
Mount Magazine State Park, Arkansas
Humboldt Redwoods State Park, California
State Forest State Park, Colorado
Gillette Castle State Park, Connecticut
Cape Henlopen State Park, Delaware
Ichetucknee Springs State Park, Florida
Cloudland Canyon State Park, Georgia
Waimea Canyon State Park, Hawaii
Bruneau Dunes State Park, Idaho
Starved Rock State Park, Illinois
Brown County State Park, Indiana
Backbone State Park, Iowa
Natural Bridge State Resort Park, Kentucky
Fontainebleau State Park, Louisiana
Baxter State Park, Maine
Assateague State Park, Maryland
Bash Bish Falls State Park, Massachusetts
Tahquamenon Falls State Park, Michigan
Tettegouche State Park, Minnesota
Tishomingo State Park, Mississippi
Lake of the Ozarks State Park, Missouri
Giant Springs State Park, Montana
Fort Robinson State Park, Nebraska
Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada
Franconia Notch State Park, New Hampshire
Liberty Park State Park, New Jersey
City of Rocks State Park, New Mexico
Letchworth State Park, New York
Jockey's Ridge State Park, North Carolina
Fort Ransom State Park, North Dakota
Hocking Hills State Park, Ohio
Lake Murray State Park, Oklahoma
Silver Falls State Park, Oregon
Ricketts Glen State Park, Pennsylvania
Lincoln Woods State Park, Rhode Island
Myrtle Beach State Park, South Carolina
Custer State Park, South Dakota
Fall Creek Falls State Park, Tennessee
Palo Duro Canyon State Park, Texas
Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah
Smuggler's Notch State Park, Vermont
First Landing State Park, Virginia
Deception Pass State Park, Washington
Blackwater Falls State Park, West Virginia
Devil’s Lake State Park, Wisconsin
Buffalo Bill State Park, Wyoming