Summer is almost here! For all residents and visitors of the east coast, late spring and summer are the best seasons of the year hands down. There is so much to do! Outdoor cookouts, barbeque parties, hiking, swimming, camping and the list goes on. Finding a good location to spend this perfect time of the year with your loved ones is key. A good state park with lots of fun things to do and good facilities is ideal for a summer family/friends outing. Let’s take a look at a few!
1. Liberty State Park
The Liberty State Park gives a much-needed break from the hustle and bustle of the NY/NJ city life. It is a green haven right in the midst of New Jersey with the statue of liberty, Ellis island and the Manhattan skyline surrounding it. Furthermore, visitors can easily take a ferry from the park to visit Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. Activities like boating, kayaking, fishing and hiking are popular at the park.
Visitors above 16 years of age can enjoy the Kayak Eco Tour at the park. The tour runs for approximately 2 hours and includes instruction. No prior kayaking experience is required. Schedule for the tour is available on the website. Launching your own kayak from the park’s kayak launch site is free.
Boating, Fishing, Picnicking and So Much More!
Hunting is not allowed in the Liberty State Park however, there are many other recreational activities for everyone’s enjoyment. Seasonal and daily boat launch permits are available for anyone wanting to take their boat out on the Hudson river. For folks who enjoy fishing, the Hudson river has a variety of species like bluefish, crabs and bass present for fishing. The park is also a great venue for having a picnic or just chilling with the family. Open picnic areas and pavilions can also be reserved for private occasions.
2. Ricketts Glen State Park
Ricketts Glen State Park is one of nature’s many masterpieces. Not even an hour’s drive away from Wilkes-Barre, PA, this gem is spread over 13000 acres of land and houses 22 magnificent waterfalls. The beautiful scenery in the park that includes mountains and a lake provides visitors with lots of photo opportunities Provisions for a plethora of activities are available at the park including horseback riding, camping, hiking and hunting.
Camping at the Park
The Big loop and Small loop areas of the park are available for camping. Big loop is close to the Lake Jean. Facilities like water access, toilets and boat launch are available for the campers. The park authorities have provided for parking and campers also get to enjoy a beach and picnic area with a snack bar. Camping can be done using tents or trailers. There are more than 100 campsites and each one has parking areas, picnic tables, fire rings and restrooms close by. Additionally, campers can take advantage of the Deluxe Camping Cottages and Modern Cabins available for renting at the park.
The Ricketts Glen State Park is well known for its hiking trails. These trails vary in difficulty levels and the park authorities advise hikers to choose a trail well suited to their capacity and use proper gear while hiking. The Cherry Run Trail, Beach Trail, Highland Trail, Evergreen Trail are some of the popular ones. The Beach Trail and Evergreen Trail are the easier and more family friendly trails. The Falls Trail, Little Cherry Run Trail and Highland Trail are considerably more challenging.
3. Tallman Mountain State Park
The Tallman Mountain State Park is a great option for visitors looking for one-day outing spots not too far from the city. It is open all year round during the day.
Recreational Activities in the Park
Activities like biking, hiking, swimming, tennis and other sports can be enjoyed in the park during the warmer months. Among the winter time activities cross country skiing is the most popular. Well maintained playgrounds and shower facilities are available for the visitors.
The park authorities provide grills and picnic tables for visitors that wish to spend a relaxing time with friends and family. Dogs on a leash are allowed on the park grounds. Lastly, away from the crazy city life, the scenic views at the park are definitely a sight for sore eyes.
In conclusion, we can say that the beautiful east coast offers a lot of options for persons of all ages that are enthusiastic about spending time outdoors. It is best to plan a trip based on the activities you wish to do and your proximity to the park. Wish you all a fun-filled and peaceful time at the park!