California State Parks

Deer grazing at Asilomar State Beach

California State Parks List

California State Parks system contains close to 300 parks, but began simply in 1862 at Captain Israel Ward Raymond's request to US Senator John Conness of California. Wanting natural land areas at Yosemite set aside for preservation and public enjoyment, Conness introduced a bill (13. Stat. 325) in the Senate that passed though both Congressional houses and was signed by President Abraham Lincoln. The Act of June 30, 1864 granted the "Yo-Semite Valley" and the Mariposa Big Tree Grove to the State of California.

That land was returned to the federal government in 1906, becoming part of the surrounding Yosemite National Park that had been formed in 1890. Meanwhile, California was developing a new state park system.

On March 16, 1901 a bill passed, authorizing state funds for the purchase of 2,500 acres in Big Basin, Santa Cruz County. Big Basin Redwoods State Park is now the oldest California state park. 

Today  California State Parks handles over 70 million visits annually.

California State Parks List

Admiral William Standley SRA - Donner Memorial SP

Admiral William Standley State Recreation Area

Ahjumawi Lava Springs State Park

Albany State Marine Reserve

Anderson Marsh State Historic Park

Andrew Molera State Park

Angel Island State Park

Año Nuevo State Park

Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve State Natural Reserve

Antelope Valley Indian Museum State Historic Park

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve

Arthur B. Ripley Desert Woodland State Park

Asilomar State Beach

Auburn State Recreation Area

Austin Creek State Recreation Area

Azalea State Natural Reserve

Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park

Bean Hollow State Beach

Benbow State Recreation Area

Benicia State Recreation Area

Benicia Capitol State Historic Park

Bethany Reservoir State Recreation Area

Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park

Bidwell-Sacramento River State Park

Big Basin Redwoods State Park

Bodie State Historic Park

Bolsa Chica State Beach

Border Field State Park

Bothe-Napa Valley State Park

Brannan Island State Recreation Area

Burleigh H. Murray Ranch Park Property

Burton Creek State Park

Butano State Park

Butte City Project Park Property

Calaveras Big Trees State Park

California Citrus State Historic Park

California Indian Heritage Center Park Property

California State Capitol

California State Mining and Mineral Museum Park Property

California State Railroad Museum Point of Interest

Cambria State Marine Park

Candlestick Point State Recreation Area

Cardiff State Beach

Carlsbad State Beach

Carmel River State Beach

Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation Area

Carpinteria State Beach

Caspar Headlands State Natural Reserve

Caspar Headlands State Beach

Castaic Lake State Recreation Area

Castle Crags State Park

Castle Rock State Park

Caswell Memorial State Park

Cayucos State Beach

China Camp State Park

Chino Hills State Park

Chumash Painted Cave State Historic Park

Clay Pit State Vehicular Recreation Area

Clear Lake State Park

Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park

Columbia State Historic Park

Colusa-Sacramento River State Recreation Area

Corona del Mar State Beach

Crystal Cove State Park

Cuyamaca Rancho State Park

D. L. Bliss State Park

Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park

Delta Meadows Park Property

Dockweiler State Beach

Doheny State Beach

Donner Memorial State Park

Eastern Kern County Onyx Ranch SVRA - Los Osos Oaks SNR

Eastern Kern County Onyx Ranch State Vehicular Recreation Area

Ed Z'berg Sugar Pine Point State Park

El Capitan State Beach

El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park

Emerald Bay State Park

Emeryville Crescent State Marine Reserve

Emma Wood State Beach

Empire Mine State Historic Park

Estero Bluffs State Park

Folsom Lake State Recreation Area

Folsom Powerhouse State Historic Park

Fort Humboldt State Historic Park

Fort Ord Dunes State Park

Fort Ross State Historic Park

Fort Tejon State Historic Park

Franks Tract State Recreation Area

Fremont Peak State Park

Garrapata State Park

Gaviota State Park

George J. Hatfield State Recreation Area

Governor's Mansion State Historic Park

Gray Whale Cove State Beach

Great Valley Grasslands State Park

Greenwood State Beach

Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park

Grover Hot Springs State Park

Half Moon Bay State Beach

Harmony Headlands State Park

Harry A. Merlo State Recreation Area

Hatton Canyon Park Property

Hearst San Simeon State Park

Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument

Heber Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area

Hendy Woods State Park

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

Henry W. Coe State Park

Hollister Hills State Vehicular Recreation Area

Humboldt Lagoons State Park

Humboldt Redwoods State Park

Hungry Valley State Vehicular Recreation Area

Huntington State Beach

Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park

Indio Hills Palms Park Property

Jack London State Historic Park

Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park

John B. Dewitt Redwoods State Natural Reserve

John Little State Natural Reserve

Jug Handle State Natural Reserve

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area

Kings Beach State Recreation Area

Kruse Rhododendron State Natural Reserve

La Purísima Mission State Historic Park

Lake Del Valle State Recreation Area

Lake Oroville State Recreation Area

Lake Perris State Recreation Area

Lake Valley State Recreation Area

Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park

Leo Carrillo State Park

Leucadia State Beach

Lighthouse Field State Beach

Limekiln State Park

Little River State Beach

Locke Boarding House Museum Point of Interest

Los Angeles State Historic Park

Los Encinos State Historic Park

Los Osos Oaks State Natural Reserve

MacKerricher SP - Providence Mountains SRA

MacKerricher State Park

Mailliard Redwoods State Natural Reserve

Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park

Malibu Creek State Park

Malibu Lagoon State Beach

Manchester State Park

Mandalay State Beach

Manresa State Beach

Marconi Conference Center State Historic Park

Marina State Beach

Marsh Creek State Park State Historic Park

Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park

Martial Cottle Park State Recreation Area

McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park

McConnell State Recreation Area

McGrath State Beach

McLaughlin Eastshore State Park State Seashore

Mendocino Headlands State Park

Mendocino Woodlands State Park

Millerton Lake State Recreation Area

Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve

Montaña de Oro State Park

Montara State Beach

Monterey State Historic Park

Monterey State Beach

Montgomery Woods State Natural Reserve

Moonlight State Beach

Morro Bay State Park

Morro Strand State Beach

Moss Landing State Beach

Mount Diablo State Park

Mount San Jacinto State Park

Mount Tamalpais State Park

Natural Bridges State Beach

Navarro River Redwoods State Park

New Brighton State Beach

Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area

Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area

Old Sacramento State Historic Park

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park

Olompali State Historic Park

Pacheco State Park

Pacifica State Beach

Palomar Mountain State Park

Patrick's Point State Park

Pelican State Beach

Pescadero State Beach

Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

Picacho State Recreation Area

Pigeon Point Light Station State Historic Park

Pío Pico State Historic Park

Pismo State Beach

Placerita Canyon State Park

Plumas-Eureka State Park

Point Cabrillo Light Station State Historic Park

Point Dume State Beach

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve

Point Lobos Ranch Park Property

Point Mugu State Park

Point Sal State Beach

Point Sur State Historic Park

Pomponio State Beach

Portola Redwoods State Park

Prairie City State Vehicular Recreation Area

Prarie Creek Redwoods State Park

Providence Mountains State Recreation Area

Railtown 1897 SHP - Zmudowski SB

Railtown 1897 State Historic Park

Rancho San Andrés Castro Adobe Park Property

Red Rock Canyon State Park

Refugio State Beach

Reynolds Wayside Campground

Richardson Grove State Park

Rio de Los Angeles State Park State Recreation Area

Robert H. Meyer Memorial State Beach

Robert Louis Stevenson State Park

Robert W. Crown Memorial State Beach

Russian Gulch State Park

Saddleback Butte State Park

Salinas River State Beach

Salt Point State Park

Salton Sea State Recreation Area

Samuel P. Taylor State Park

San Bruno Mountain State Park

San Buenaventura State Beach

San Clemente State Beach

San Elijo State Beach

San Gregorio State Beach

San Juan Bautista State Historic Park

San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area

San Onofre State Beach

San Pasqual Battlefield State Historic Park

San Timoteo Canyon Park Property

Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park

Santa Monica State Beach

Santa Susana Pass State Historic Park

Schooner Gulch State Beach

Seacliff State Beach

Shasta State Historic Park

Silver Strand State Beach

Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area

Sinkyone Wilderness State Park

Smithe Redwoods State Natural Reserve

Sonoma State Historic Park

Sonoma Coast State Park

South Carlsbad State Beach

South Yuba River State Park

Standish-Hickey State Recreation Area

State Indian Museum State Historic Park

Stone Lake Park Property

Sugarloaf Ridge State Park

Sunset State Beach

Sutter Buttes State Park

Sutter's Fort State Historic Park

Tahoe State Recreation Area

The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park

Thornton State Beach

Tijuana Estuary NP Point of Interest

Tolowa Dunes State Park

Tomales Bay State Park

Tomo-Kahni State Historic Park

Topanga State Park

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

Torrey Pines State Beach

Trinidad State Beach

Trione-Annadel State Park

Tule Elk State Natural Reserve

Turlock Lake State Recreation Area

Twin Lakes State Beach

Van Damme State Park

Verdugo Mountains Park Property

Ward Creek Park Property

Washoe Meadows State Park

Wassama Round House State Historic Park

Watts Towers of Simon Rodia State Historic Park

Weaverville Joss House State Historic Park

Westport-Union Landing State Beach

Wilder Ranch State Park

Wildwood Canyon Park Property

William B. Ide Adobe State Historic Park

Will Rogers State Beach

Will Rogers State Historic Park

Woodland Opera House State Historic Park

Woodson Bridge State Recreation Area

Zmudowski State Beach

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