California State Parks are responsible for almost a third of California's scenic coastline. CA State Parks include underwater preserves, parks, redwood forest, plant and wildlife reserves, state beaches, recreation areas, wilderness areas, reservoirs, historic parks & homes, Spanish buildings, lighthouses, ghost towns, water slides, conference centers and off-highway vehicle parks. Select a region below for a list of the more popular California State Parks and ones we personally recommend. Camping in California is a popular activity with most State Park Camping offering conveniences like flush toilets, running water and firewood.
An entry fee is required at almost all California State Parks. It may be beneficial to purchase a yearly California State Park Pass if planning to make multiple visits to CA State Parks. Several discounts are available including passes for Day Use, Veterans, Handicapped, Surfing, Seniors and more.