One way to take a dry run of your survival skills is to go to a state park that offers camping facilities. Not only can you enjoy the various activities the park offers, but also you can see how well prepared you are for a real emergency. With that in mind, this is a review of ten of the top 20 state parks in the United States as presented in USA today. It was compiled by the national Association of State Park Directors (ASPD), who are the people who run these parks and these are their recommendations.
1. High Point State Park, NJ
This park contains the highest point in the state, with a great view if you make it to the top. If you get there late in the season when the trees are changing, you can view a beautiful panorama of fall color. There is a camping option, and also a memorial dedicated to New Jersey vets.
2. Custer State Park, S.D.
This state park is one of the few remaining wildlife sanctuaries in the United States. Here you can find buffalo, mountain goats, and elk. If you check the dates and time it right, you can watch the annual Buffalo Roundup.
3. Bogue Chitto State Park, La.
This Louisiana park provides all sorts of outdoor possibilities. There are cabin, tent, and RV camping accommodations. You can enjoy fishing, kayaking, horseback riding, and picnicking on the 1,786 acres. There is a wide variety of topography including forests, hills, swamps, streams, and rivers.
4. Cape Henlopen State Park, Del.
Here you will find opposites of old and modern, recreation and history. There are some historical relics for the history buff. There is also golf, hiking, swimming, biking, and the beach. Saltwater fishing is also available.
5. Fall Creek Falls State Park, Tenn.
This is Tennessee’s most visited state park. It is named for the three waterfalls found within its perimeter. Other attractions are 34 miles of hiking trails, an 18-hole golf course as well as a nature center. There are cabins and campsites for overnight visitors. Enjoy fishing, hiking, and caving.
6. Indiana Dunes State Park, Ind.
These 15 miles of lakefront beaches are located on the shores of Lake Michigan. If you would rather do something other than sit on the beach, you can hike through 70 miles of forests, marshes, prairies, and sand dunes.
7. Monmouth Battlefield State Park, N.J.
This spot, though once a battlefield, is now a quiet place for hiking, horseback riding, bird-watching, apple picking, and picnicking.
8. Little Missouri State Park, N.D.
Here you will find unusual rock formations formed by water, wind, and sand. Most of the park is only accessible by foot. There are 47 miles of trails. The facilities are pretty primitive, only providing electric hookups for campers.
9. Antelope Island State Park, Utah
Antelope Island State Park in Utah allows access to the great Salt Lake. You can enjoy viewing wildlife, including antelope, bison, and birds. Hiking and biking are the available activities. Campsites are also available.
10. Cass Scenic Railroad State Park, West Va.
Here you can go travel back in time to log cabins and steam-driven locomotives. “‘Cass Scenic Railroad State Park is one of the best examples of early 20th-century industrial history,’ said Robert L. Beanblossom, District Administrator for the Parks and Recreation Section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.”
These parks are the top ten of twenty as listed here.
For the survivalist, it is beneficial to visit a park and take a “dry run” of how well you are prepared for primitive conditions. If you do not have access to modern conveniences, are you ready? If you need to use emergency rations, do you know how to use them? By choosing an appropriate state park, one of the more primitive ones, you can practice your survival skills. It is a great chance to learn what you are missing in your survival preparedness.
By joining our Survival Life Association, you can communicate with other like-minded people who can suggest great park experiences they have had. You can also purchase survival food at a discount. Contact us if you are looking for a survival community. We offer extensive resources, checklists, and discounted food products.