With lush photography and comprehensive maps, this one-of-a-kind, up-to-date guide is ideal for the 700 million vacationers who visit state parks each year. From the white water at Ohiopyle State Park, Pennsylvania, to the dunes of Pink Coral Sand Dunes, Utah, the parks are presented in vivid detail and enhanced with more than 200 color photos and 32 maps. Essential information on openings, fees, contact numbers, activities, camping and lodging is included, as well as a new "Hidden Gems" section of tips on favorite places in the parks identified by parks staff. For the day visitor, the weekend escapist, or the weeklong camper, the guides' enticing selection of parks--chosen by state park directors who know them all--will inspire everyone. Of the state parks' 25,000 miles of trails, the authors have selected favorites for hiking and biking, horseback riding, and wildflower gazing, as well as ample opportunities for the bird-watcher or rock climber, the wildlife observer or the amateur archaeologist. Ideal for anyone who enjoys the outdoors, the "National Geographic Guide to the State Parks of the United States, 3rd Edition" promises many rewarding parks visits.National Geographic Society Staff is the author of 'National Geographic Guide', published 2008 under ISBN 9781426202513 and ISBN 1426202512.