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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.

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 Adirondack Park in New York, 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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United States

As of 2014[update], there were 10,234 state park units in the United States, according to the National Association of State Park Directors (NASPD). There are some 739 million annual visits to the country's state parks. The NASPD further counts over 43,000 miles (69,000 km) of trail, 217,367 campsites, and 8,277 cabins and lodges across U.S. state parks. The largest state park system in the United States is Alaska State Parks, with over 100 sites encompassing 3.3 million acres.

Many states include designations beyond "state park" in their state parks systems. Other designations might be state recreation areas, state beaches, and state nature reserves. Some state park systems include long-distance trails and historic sites. To encourage tourism in rural areas, several states have simple lodges, inns, hotels, or motels (usually with a restaurant) for lodging at some parks. These typically use "Resort" in the name, such as "_____ Resort State Park" in West Virginia state parks and "_____ State Resort Park" in neighboring Kentucky state parks, which has 17 such resort parks, the most of any state. Other states use the Resort name inconsistently (like DeGray Lake Resort State Park, the only one out of three resorts in Arkansas state parks), or have only one such park (South Carolina state parks' Hickory Knob State Resort Park), or do not use the designation at all (such as the lodges of Georgia state parks). The term "lodge" may also refer to a hiking lodge, essentially a large cabin for hikers rather than a large facility with private rooms and a restaurant. Other lodging may include yurts and tipis.

Not all parks owned by a state are necessarily part of its state-park system, such as Stone Mountain Park near Atlanta. Conversely, not all state-designated parks are entirely under state ownership, such as Adirondack Park, which uses a model more like the national parks of England and Wales. Some Texas state parks are actually a land lease from the U.S. government, while Mackinac National Park was handed down to become the first one of the Michigan state parks. As with national parks, facilities at state parks are often leased to concessionaires to operate. Breaks Interstate Park is operated under an interstate compact by Virginia state parks, although it is also one of the Kentucky state parks, straddling both sides of the state line. Other multi-state parks are legally two separate parks with the same name and more informal cooperation between them.

History

The title of oldest state park in the United States is claimed by Niagara Falls State Park in New York, established in 1885. However several public parks previously or currently maintained at the state level pre-date it. Indian Springs State Park has been operated continuously by the state of Georgia as a public park since 1825, although it did not gain the title "State Park" until 1931. In 1864 Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove were ceded by the federal government to California until Yosemite National Park was proclaimed in 1890. In 1878 Wisconsin set aside a vast swath of its northern forests as "The State Park" but, needing money, sold most of it to lumber companies within 20 years. The first state park with the designation of "state park" was Mackinac Island State Park in 1895, which was first a national park before being transferred to the state of Michigan.

Many state park systems date to the 1930s, when around 800 state parks (and several national ones) across the country were developed with assistance from federal job-creation programs like the Civilian Conservation Corps and Works Progress Administration.

Brazil

Main article: State park (Brazil)
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State park
State park Language Watch Edit This article needs additional citations for verification Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources Unsourced material may be challenged and removed Find sources State park news newspapers books scholar JSTOR January 2018 Learn how and when to remove this template message 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 1 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 Niagara Falls State Park New York USA American bison in Custer State Park South Dakota USA Bodie State Historical Park California USA Babcock State Park West Virginia USA An example of New Deal developments in U S state parks Bunker Tower Cheaha State Park Alabama USA Mount Worth State Park Victoria Australia 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 Adirondack Park in New York Anza Borrego Desert State Park in California and Wood Tikchik State Park in Alaska the largest state park in the United States Contents 1 State parks by country 1 1 United States 1 1 1 History 1 2 Brazil 2 See also 3 References 4 Further readingState parks by country EditUnited States Edit As of 2014 update there were 10 234 state park units in the United States according to the National Association of State Park Directors NASPD 2 There are some 739 million annual visits to the country s state parks 2 The NASPD further counts over 43 000 miles 69 000 km of trail 217 367 campsites and 8 277 cabins and lodges across U S state parks 2 The largest state park system in the United States is Alaska State Parks with over 100 sites encompassing 3 3 million acres 3 Many states include designations beyond state park in their state parks systems Other designations might be state recreation areas state beaches and state nature reserves Some state park systems include long distance trails and historic sites To encourage tourism in rural areas several states have simple lodges inns hotels or motels usually with a restaurant for lodging at some parks These typically use Resort in the name such as Resort State Park in West Virginia state parks and State Resort Park in neighboring Kentucky state parks which has 17 such resort parks the most of any state Other states use the Resort name inconsistently like DeGray Lake Resort State Park the only one out of three resorts in Arkansas state parks or have only one such park South Carolina state parks Hickory Knob State Resort Park or do not use the designation at all such as the lodges of Georgia state parks The term lodge may also refer to a hiking lodge essentially a large cabin for hikers rather than a large facility with private rooms and a restaurant Other lodging may include yurts and tipis Not all parks owned by a state are necessarily part of its state park system such as Stone Mountain Park near Atlanta Conversely not all state designated parks are entirely under state ownership such as Adirondack Park which uses a model more like the national parks of England and Wales Some Texas state parks are actually a land lease from the U S government while Mackinac National Park was handed down to become the first one of the Michigan state parks As with national parks facilities at state parks are often leased to concessionaires to operate Breaks Interstate Park is operated under an interstate compact by Virginia state parks although it is also one of the Kentucky state parks straddling both sides of the state line Other multi state parks are legally two separate parks with the same name and more informal cooperation between them History Edit The title of oldest state park in the United States is claimed by Niagara Falls State Park in New York established in 1885 4 5 However several public parks previously or currently maintained at the state level pre date it 6 Indian Springs State Park has been operated continuously by the state of Georgia as a public park since 1825 although it did not gain the title State Park until 1931 7 In 1864 Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove were ceded by the federal government to California 6 until Yosemite National Park was proclaimed in 1890 8 In 1878 Wisconsin set aside a vast swath of its northern forests as The State Park but needing money sold most of it to lumber companies within 20 years 9 The first state park with the designation of state park was Mackinac Island State Park in 1895 which was first a national park before being transferred to the state of Michigan 10 Many state park systems date to the 1930s when around 800 state parks and several national ones across the country were developed with assistance from federal job creation programs like the Civilian Conservation Corps and Works Progress Administration 11 Brazil Edit Main article State park Brazil See also EditWikimedia Commons has media related to State parks Denali State Park Alaska List of U S state parks Wilderness preservation systems in the United StatesReferences Edit Collaborative Australian Protected Area Database CAPAD Terrestrial Protected Areas in Australia by Type 2014 refer TYPE tab Department of the Environment DoE Retrieved 16 April 2016 a b c State Park Facts National Association of State Park Directors Retrieved 2016 10 08 Alaska State Parks Niagara Frontier State Parks amp Recreation Commission The Niagara Reservation A Historical Perspective New York State Office of Parks Recreation amp Historic Preservation Archived from the original on 2012 07 12 Retrieved 2011 05 13 Niagara Falls State Park New York State Office of Parks Recreation amp Historic Preservation Retrieved 2016 10 08 a b Edmondson Brad 2001 Publication 72 Environmental Affairs in New York State A Historical Overview PDF New York State Archives pp 7 9 Retrieved 2016 10 08 Indian Springs State Park Georgia Department of Natural Resources Archived from the original on 2009 03 23 Retrieved 2009 08 07 Yosemite National Park Stories National Park Service 2011 01 19 Retrieved 2011 05 20 Wisconsin State Parks through the Years Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Archived from the original on 2009 10 18 Retrieved 2011 05 20 Mackinac Island State Park Mackinac Island State Park Commission Retrieved 2011 05 13 Don 2006 01 09 The monument builders CCC The Depression era corps built roads parks and bridges and now people are raising money for a monument to them Duluth News Tribune Duluth Minn Further reading EditAhlgren Carol The Civilian Conservation Corps and Wisconsin State Park Development Wisconsin Magazine of History 1988 184 204 in JSTOR Landrum Ney C The State Park Movement in America A Critical Review 2013 excerpt and text search Larson Zeb Silver Falls State Park and the Early Environmental Movement Oregon Historical Quarterly 2011 112 1 pp 34 57 in JSTOR Newton Norman T The State Park Movement 1864 1933 and State Parks and the Civilian Conservation Corps Parkways and Their Offspring in Design on the Land the Development of Landscape Architecture Harvard UP 1971 Parker Eugene Phillip When Forests Trumped Parks The Maryland Experience 1906 1950 Maryland Historical Magazine 2006 101 2 pp 203 224 Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title State park amp oldid 1018636291, wikipedia, 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