List of California state parks

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This is a list of parks, historic resources, reserves and recreation areas in the California State Parks system.

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General location of California's +139 State Parks California-State-Parks-dots-only2.png
General location of California’s +139 State Parks

List of parks

Park nameClassificationCounty or
counties
Size [1] Year established [1] Remarks
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Admiral William Standley State Recreation Area State recreation area Mendocino 45181944Boasts redwoods plus salmon and steelhead fishing on the Eel River. [2]
Ahjumawi Lava Springs State Park State park Shasta 5,9302,4001975Preserves a wilderness of freshwater springs and geologically recent lava flows. [3]
Albany State Marine Reserve Park property Alameda 1985In development, not open to public. Unit will not become officially classified until action is also taken by the California Fish and Game Commission (ongoing since 2004).
Anderson Marsh State Historic Park State historic park Lake 1,2985251982Preserves a tule marsh and ancient archaeological sites of the Pomo people. [4]
Andrew Molera State Park State park Monterey 4,7661,9291968Offers a primitive walk-in campground on the Big Sur coast. [5]
Angel Island State Park State park Marin and San Francisco 7563061955Interprets an island in San Francisco Bay whose history encompasses Coast Miwok prehistory, ranching, the 1910–1940 Angel Island Immigration Station, and long military use. [6]
Año Nuevo State Park State park San Mateo 4,2091,7031985Encompasses Año Nuevo Island and Año Nuevo Point, which boasts the world's largest mainland rookery of northern elephant seals. [7]
Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve State natural reserve Los Angeles 1,7817211976Showcases the state's most-consistent blooms of California poppy, in the high Mojave Desert. [8]
Antelope Valley Indian Museum State Historic Park State historic park Los Angeles 3971611979Interprets the Native American cultures of the Great Basin and surrounding regions in a 1928 folk art building on the NRHP. [9]
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park State park San Diego, Imperial, and Riverside 585,930237,1201933Preserves a vast tract of the Colorado Desert in California's largest state park. [10]
Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve State natural reserve Sonoma 7523041934Preserves a grove of coast redwoods. [11]
Arthur B. Ripley Desert Woodland State Park State park Los Angeles 5662291993Preserves a remnant stand of Joshua trees and junipers in the Antelope Valley. [12]
Asilomar State Beach State beach Monterey 107431951Balances protection of rocky coast and dune habitat with public access. [13] The 1913 Asilomar Conference Grounds are a National Historic Landmark. [14]
Auburn State Recreation Area State recreation area El Dorado and Placer 42,37717,1491966Offers numerous recreational opportunities along the North and Middle Forks of the American River. [15]
Austin Creek State Recreation Area State recreation area Sonoma 5,9272,3991964Features a rugged wilderness on Austin Creek, adjacent to Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve. [16]
Azalea State Natural Reserve State natural reserve Humboldt 30121943Harbors a profusion of spring-blooming western azaleas. [17]
Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park State historic park Napa 0.750.301974Showcases a restored 1846 water-powered grist mill in Napa Valley. [18] The mill is on the NRHP. [19]
Bean Hollow State Beach State beach San Mateo 44181958Offers fishing and beachcombing among tide pools. [20]
Benbow State Recreation Area State recreation area Humboldt 1,1424621958Centers on a reservoir on the South Fork Eel River. [21]
Benicia Capitol State Historic Park State historic park Solano 0.860.351951Interprets the third and oldest-surviving California capitol, used 1853–54. [22] The building is on the NRHP. [19]
Benicia State Recreation Area State recreation area Solano 4471811957Preserves a tidal wetland on the Carquinez Strait. [23]
Bethany Reservoir State Recreation Area State recreation area Alameda 6092461974Offers windsurfing and other water recreation on the Bethany Reservoir. [24]
Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park State historic park Butte 5.22.11964Offers tours of the 1868 Victorian mansion of influential settlers John and Annie Bidwell. [25] The mansion is on the NRHP.
Bidwell-Sacramento River State Park State park Butte and Glenn 3491411979Preserves riparian habitat on the Sacramento River and its tributary Big Chico Creek. [26]
Big Basin Redwoods State Park State park Santa Cruz 18,0507,3001902Established as California's first state park, to preserve coast redwoods on Waddell Creek. [27]
Bodie State Historic Park State historic park Mono 1,0164111962Preserves the ghost town of Bodie, whose gold-mining heyday ran from 1877–1881, and is now a National Historic Landmark. [28]
Bolsa Chica State Beach State beach Orange 169681960Offers surf fishing and catching grunion by hand. [29]
Border Field State Park State park San Diego 1,3165331972Occupies the southwesternmost point of the contiguous U.S., on the Mexico – United States border. Part of the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve. [30]
Bothe-Napa Valley State Park State park Napa and Sonoma 1,9918061960Contains the farthest inland coast redwoods in a California state park. [31]
Brannan Island State Recreation Area State recreation area Sacramento 3291331952Offers water recreation amid a maze of channels in the Sacramento–San Joaquin River Delta. [32]
Burleigh H. Murray Ranch Park property San Mateo 1,3255361979Encompasses a hidden valley with a historic ranch established in 1857. [33]
Burton Creek State Park State park Placer 1,8907601976Offers 6 miles (9.7 km) of unpaved roadway for hiking and cross-country skiing. [34]
Butano State Park State park San Mateo 4,7281,9131956Showcases a secluded redwood-filled valley. [35]
Butte City Project Park property Butte 37152007In development, not open to public
Calaveras Big Trees State Park State park Calaveras and Tuolumne 6,4982,6301931Protects two large groves of giant sequoias. [36]
California Citrus State Historic Park State historic park Riverside 2481001984Interprets the influence of the state's citrus industry. [37]
California Indian Heritage Center State Park State park Yolo 7.913.202011Undeveloped property located in West Sacramento. Plan is for this unit to eventually replace the State Indian Museum (State Historic Park). [38]
California State Capitol Museum Park property Sacramento 4016 [39] 1982Offers exhibits and tours of the California State Capitol and its grounds. [39]
California State Mining and Mineral Museum Park property Mariposa 1999Exhibits the official state mineral collection and displays on the region's influential mining heritage. [40]
Cambria State Marine Park State marine park San Luis Obispo 2010California State Parks' first state marine park./>
Candlestick Point State Recreation Area State recreation area San Francisco 204831972Constitutes California's first urban state recreation area, on the west shore of San Francisco Bay. [41]
Cardiff State Beach State beach San Diego 5072051949Provides a sandy, warm-water beach outside San Diego. [42]
Carlsbad State Beach State beach San Diego 44181933Features a small beach at the foot of coastal bluffs. [43]
Carmel River State Beach State beach Monterey 2971201953Protects a 1-mile-long (1.6 km) beach and a lagoon at the mouth of the Carmel River which attracts many migratory birds. [44]
Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation Area State vehicular recreation area Alameda and San Joaquin 5,0752,0541979Provides off-roading opportunities in the Diablo Range around the former townsite of Carnegie. [45]
Carpinteria State Beach State beach Santa Barbara and Ventura 62251932Offers a mile-long beach in the city of Carpinteria. [46]
Caspar Headlands State Beach State beach Mendocino 75301972
Caspar Headlands State Natural Reserve State natural reserve Mendocino 2.71.11972Preserves a small strip of rugged coastline. [47]
Castaic Lake State Recreation Area State recreation area Los Angeles 4,2241,7091965Features 29 miles (47 km) of shoreline on Castaic Lake. [48]
Castle Crags State Park State park Shasta 3,9051,5801934Provides access to the Castle Crags Wilderness, with its 6,000-foot-tall (1,800 m) rock crags. [49]
Castle Rock State Park State park Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and San Mateo 5,2422,1211968Encompasses a wild forest with rock climbing opportunities along the crest of the Santa Cruz Mountains. [50]
Caswell Memorial State Park State park San Joaquin 2581041952Preserves a riparian forest along the Stanislaus River. [51]
Cayucos State Beach State beach San Luis Obispo 166.51940Provides a swimming and surfing beach in the beach town of Cayucos. [52]
China Camp State Park State park Marin 1,5146131976Surrounds an 1880s Chinese American shrimp-fishing village and salt marshes on San Pablo Bay. [53]
Chino Hills State Park State park Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino 14,1735,7361981Preserves a large tract of the Chino Hills. [54]
Chumash Painted Cave State Historic Park State historic park Santa Barbara 7.53.01976Preserves a sandstone cave bearing rock art of the Chumash people. [55]
Clay Pit State Vehicular Recreation Area State vehicular recreation area Butte 220891981Provides off-roading opportunities in the shallow clay pit excavated for material to build the Oroville Dam. [56]
Clear Lake State Park State park Lake 5902401949Provides recreation opportunities on the southwest shore of Clear Lake, the largest freshwater lake within California's borders. [57]
Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park State historic park Tulare 3,7151,5031973Interprets the town of Allensworth, founded in 1908 as a haven for African Americans by Colonel Allen Allensworth and other community leaders. [58] The town is a district on the NRHP.
Columbia State Historic Park State historic park Tuolumne 2731101946Interprets Columbia's preserved Gold Rush-era downtown, [59] a National Historic Landmark District.
Colusa-Sacramento River State Recreation Area State recreation area Colusa 3011221955Adjoins a stretch of the Sacramento River known for its fishing. [60]
Corona del Mar State Beach State beach Orange 30121947Provides a half-mile-long swimming beach adjacent to the Newport Beach harbor jetty. [61]
Crystal Cove State Park State park Orange 3,9361,5931979Encompasses cliffbound coastline, inland chaparral canyons, and the NRHP-listed Crystal Cove Historic District of 1920s and 30s beach cottages. [62]
Cuyamaca Rancho State Park State park San Diego 24,6939,9931933Preserves an expansive tract of forests and meadows above 5,000 feet (1,500 m) in the Laguna Mountains, on the former Rancho Cuyamaca. [63]
D. L. Bliss State Park State park El Dorado 2,1498701929Features a balancing rock and the Rubicon Point Light on the shore of Lake Tahoe. [64]
Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park State park Del Norte 31,26112,6511925Preserves old-growth coast redwoods and is managed cooperatively with RNSP. [65]
Delta Meadows Park property Sacramento 4721911985Preserves undeveloped wet meadows and sloughs in the Sacramento–San Joaquin River Delta. Closed to the public. [66]
Dockweiler State Beach State beach Los Angeles 91371948Features 3 miles (4.8 km) of beach and a hang gliding training site, adjacent to Los Angeles International Airport.
Doheny State Beach State beach Orange 2541031931Offers surfing and beach-front camping in Dana Point. [67]
Donner Memorial State Park State park Nevada and Placer 3,2931,3331928Interprets the site where the Donner Party was trapped by weather in the Sierra Nevada during the winter of 1846–1847, [68] now a National Historic Landmark.
Ed Z'berg Sugar Pine Point State Park State park El Dorado 2,3249401965Comprises the Lake Tahoe estate and 1903 summer home of banker Isaias W. Hellman. [69]
El Capitán State Beach State beach Santa Barbara 2,6341,0661953Features a narrow beach at the foot of coastal bluffs where monarch butterflies congregate in autumn. [70]
El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park State historic park Santa Barbara 5.82.31966Preserves components of a Spanish presidio dating back to 1782, [71] now on the NRHP.
Emerald Bay State Park State park El Dorado 1,5336201953Contains Lake Tahoe's Emerald Bay and Fannette Island plus the 1929 Vikingsholm mansion, [72] which is on the NRHP.
Emeryville Crescent State Marine Reserve Park property Alameda and Contra Costa 1985Preserves a marsh on San Francisco Bay, managed as part of McLaughlin Eastshore State Park. Closed to the public. Unit will not become officially classified until action is also taken by the California Fish and Game Commission (ongoing since 2004).
Emma Wood State Beach State beach Ventura 112451957Contains a surfing beach and an estuary at the mouth of the Ventura River.
Empire Mine State Historic Park State historic park Nevada 8533451975Offers tours of an underground gold mine which operated from 1850 to 1956, plus its surface surroundings. [73] The mine is on the NRHP.
Estero Bluffs State Park State park San Luis Obispo 3531432000Preserves diverse coastal habitats on Estero Bay.
Folsom Lake State Recreation Area State recreation area El Dorado, Placer, and Sacramento 19,5647,9171956Surrounds Folsom and Natoma Lakes, reservoirs on the American River. [74]
Folsom Powerhouse State Historic Park State historic park Sacramento 35141956Interprets an 1895 hydroelectricity plant, now a National Historic and Historic Civil Engineering Landmark. [75]
The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park State park Santa Cruz 10,2234,1371963Preserves a tract of secondary forest donated by the family of former owner Nisene Marks. [76]
Fort Humboldt State Historic Park State historic park Humboldt 187.31955Situated on its commanding bluff adjacent to Humboldt Bay, park interprets relations between U.S. army (present at fort 1853–1870), Native American groups, and settlers. Site includes a logging museum and logging equipment displays. [77]
Fort Ord Dunes State Park State park Monterey 9804002009Reclaims coastline overlooking Monterey Bay on former property of the decommissioned Fort Ord. [78]
Fort Ross State Historic Park State historic park Sonoma 3,3931,3731909Interprets the partially reconstructed Fort Ross, an 1812–1841 Russian-American Company outpost that was the southernmost settlement in the Russian colonization of the Americas. [79] The fort is a National Historic Landmark.
Fort Tejon State Historic Park State historic park Kern 6472621940Interprets the U.S. Army fort staffed 1854–1864 to monitor the Sebastian Indian Reservation. [80] The fort is on the NRHP.
Franks Tract State Recreation Area State recreation area Contra Costa 3,5231,4261959Encompasses a flooded area in the Sacramento–San Joaquin River Delta accessible only by water. [81]
Fremont Peak State Park State park Monterey and San Benito 162661934Provides views of the surrounding landscape from atop Fremont Peak and of the night sky from the Fremont Peak Observatory. [82]
Garrapata State Park State park Monterey 2,9391,1891979Preserves a largely hidden stretch of wild coast. [83]
Gaviota State Park State park Santa Barbara 2,7871,1281953Flanks the narrow gorge of Gaviota Creek, which funnels Sundowner winds onto the popular beach area. [84]
George J. Hatfield State Recreation Area State recreation area Merced 46.518.81953Adjoins the Merced River. [85]
Governor's Mansion State Historic Park State historic park Sacramento 0.780.321903Interprets the 1877 mansion that housed 13 of California's governors and their families from 1903 to 1967. [86]
Gray Whale Cove State Beach State beach San Mateo 3.11.31966Embraces a steep-walled cove, near the Devil's Slide, where gray whales are often seen close to shore. [87]
Great Valley Grasslands State Park State park Merced 2,8261,1441982Preserves a remnant of the native grasslands once extensive in the Central Valley. [88]
Greenwood State Beach State beach Mendocino 47191978Features a picturesque beach in Elk and a visitor center interpreting the town's lumbering history. [89]
Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park State park Humboldt 4301701943Harbors groves of coast redwoods in three separate units along the Van Duzen River. [90]
Grover Hot Springs State Park State park Alpine 5532241959Boasts hot springs that feed a swimming pool complex in an alpine meadow. [91]
Half Moon Bay State Beach State beach San Mateo 181731956Encompasses four popular sandy beaches on Half Moon Bay. [92]
Harmony Headlands State Park State park San Luis Obispo 7483032003Preserves an undeveloped parcel of Pacific coast.
Harry A. Merlo State Recreation Area State recreation area Humboldt 9553861982Offers fishing on Big Lagoon adjacent to Humboldt Lagoons State Park
Hatton Canyon Park property Monterey 130532002Preserves a canyon in Carmel saved from a planned freeway route. In development, not open to public.
Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument State historical monument San Luis Obispo 209851958Offers tours of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst's opulent 115-room "Hearst Castle," designed by architect Julia Morgan between 1919 and 1947. [93]
Hearst San Simeon State Park State park San Luis Obispo 2,3099341932Preserves rocky coast and rare habitats like mima mounds and Monterey pine forest, as well as a 5,850-year-old Native American archaeological site. [94]
Heber Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area State vehicular recreation area Imperial 3421381998Attracts ATV riders to sandy, tamarisk-dotted dunes along a former course of the Alamo River. [95]
Hendy Woods State Park State park Mendocino 8163301958Preserves two groves of old-growth coast redwoods in the Anderson Valley. [96]
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park State park Santa Cruz 4,6231,8711953Boasts its Redwood Grove and other old-growth forest. [97]
Henry W. Coe State Park State park Santa Clara and Stanislaus 89,16436,0831959Encompasses a sprawling wilderness of ridges and steep canyons in the Diablo Range. [98]
Hollister Hills State Vehicular Recreation Area State vehicular recreation area San Benito 6,6242,6811975Offers a variety of off-roading tracks and events in the hills outside Hollister. [99]
Humboldt Lagoons State Park State park Humboldt 2,2569131931Protects part of the largest lagoon system in the United States, including Big Lagoon, Stone Lagoon, and Freshwater Lagoon. [100]
Humboldt Redwoods State Park State park Humboldt 51,65120,9021921Preserves the world's largest remaining old-growth coast redwood forest, [101] including Stratosphere Giant, the fourth-tallest known tree.
Hungry Valley State Vehicular Recreation Area State vehicular recreation area Los Angeles and Ventura 18,5337,5001978Offers 130 miles (210 km) of off-highway tracks, connecting to more routes in Los Padres National Forest. [102]
Huntington State Beach State beach Orange 121491942Contains 2 miles (3.2 km) of wide, flat beach in the city of Huntington Beach. [103]
Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park State historic park Amador 135551962Interprets an outcrop with 1,185 mortar holes where Native Americans ground acorns into flour. [104]
Indio Hills Palms Park property Riverside 5,6302,2801983Harbors a profusion of California fan palms growing along the San Andreas Fault in the Indio Hills. Part of the multi-agency Coachella Valley Preserve. [105]
Jack London State Historic Park State historic park Sonoma 1,6116521959Contains several structures from the ranch of author Jack London and his wife Charmian London, as well as their grave. The ranch is a National Historic Landmark. [106] Currently managed by the Jack London Park Partners, a non-profit that takes no state funding to maintain the park.
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park State park Del Norte 10,4304,2201939Honors explorer Jedediah Smith with a tract of coast redwoods along the Smith River. Part of Redwood National and State Parks. [107]
John B. Dewitt Redwoods State Natural Reserve State natural reserve Humboldt 1,1644711929Contains three undeveloped coast redwood groves split off from Humboldt Redwoods State Park in 2001. [108] In development, not open to the public.
John Little State Natural Reserve State natural reserve Monterey 218.51953Protects rugged cliffs on the Big Sur coast flanking the mouth of a creek. [109]
Jug Handle State Natural Reserve State natural reserve Mendocino 7763141976Interprets a series of marine terraces each exhibiting a different stage of ecological succession. [110]
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park State park Monterey 3,7621,5221962Stretches from the Big Sur coast up to 3,000-foot (910 m) ridges. [111] Includes the iconic seaside McWay Falls.
Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area State recreation area Los Angeles 4011621984Offers urban open space in the Baldwin Hills of Los Angeles. [112]
Kings Beach State Recreation Area State recreation area Placer 7.73.11974Encompasses 700 feet (210 m) of lakefront on the north shore of Lake Tahoe. [113]
Kruse Rhododendron State Natural Reserve State natural reserve Sonoma 3171281934Harbors a secondary forest with spring-blooming rhododendrons adjacent to Salt Point State Park. [114]
La Purísima Mission State Historic Park State historic park Santa Barbara 1,9347831935Contains the 1813 La Purisima Mission, the most completely restored Spanish mission in California. [115]
Lake Del Valle State Recreation Area State recreation area Alameda 3,7321,5101967Surrounds Lake Del Valle, a reservoir on the Arroyo Valle managed by the East Bay Regional Park District
Lake Oroville State Recreation Area State recreation area Butte 29,44711,9171967Surrounds Lake Oroville, a reservoir on the Feather River. [116]
Lake Perris State Recreation Area State recreation area Riverside 6,6752,7011974Contains the southernmost reservoir in the 701-mile (1,128 km) California State Water Project and the Ya'i Heki' Regional Indian Museum. [117]
Lake Valley State Recreation Area State recreation area El Dorado 155631985Offers an 18-hole golf course in the High Sierras. [118]
Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park State historic park Sacramento 0.880.361978Offers tours of governor and tycoon Leland Stanford's restored 1856 mansion, now a National Historic Landmark. [119]
Leo Carrillo State Park State park Los Angeles and Ventura 2,5131,0171953Honors actor and conservationist Leo Carrillo with a 1.5-mile (2.4 km) beach. Part of Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. [120]
Leucadia State Beach State beach San Diego 10.64.31949Comprises a small, rocky beach in Encinitas. [121]
Lighthouse Field State Beach State beach Santa Cruz 38151978Features the Steamer Lane surf break and a lighthouse containing the Santa Cruz Surfing Museum. [122]
Limekiln State Park State park Monterey 7112881994Contains four lime kilns from an 1887 lime-smelting operation on the Big Sur coast. [123]
Little River State Beach State beach Humboldt 152621931Comprises a broad open beach with dunes. [124]
Los Angeles State Historic Park State historic park Los Angeles 32132001Provides urban open space on the site of an 1875 train station where many travelers first arrived in Los Angeles. [125]
Los Encinos State Historic Park State historic park Los Angeles 4.71.91949
Los Osos Oaks State Natural Reserve State natural reserve San Luis Obispo 85341972
MacKerricher State Park State park Mendocino 2,5191,0191949
Mailliard Woods State Natural Reserve State natural reserve Mendocino 242981945
Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park State historic park Nevada 3,1431,2721965
Malibu Creek State Park State park Los Angeles 8,2153,3241974
Malibu Lagoon State Beach State beach Los Angeles 110451951
Manchester State Park State park Mendocino 5,2722,1341955
Mandalay State Beach State beach Ventura 92371985
Manresa State Beach State beach Santa Cruz 138561948
Marconi Conference Center State Historic Park State historic park Marin 62251976
Marina State Beach State Beach Monterey 171691977
Marsh Creek State Historic Park State historic park Contra Costa County 3,6591,4812012Features Stone House of John Marsh;Park is under construction and closed to public as of 2017.
Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park State historic park El Dorado 5752331942 [126]
Martial Cottle Park State Recreation Area State recreation area Santa Clara 137552003In development, not open to public
McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park State park Shasta 9103701920
McConnell State Recreation Area State recreation area Merced 74301949
McGrath State Beach State beach Ventura 3141271948
McLaughlin Eastshore State Park State Seashore State seashore Alameda and Contra Costa 4421791985Encompasses several remnant and restored parcels along the East Bay waterfront.
Mendocino Headlands State Park State park Mendocino 7,7093,1201972
Mendocino Woodlands State Park State park Mendocino 7202901977
Millerton Lake State Recreation Area State recreation area Fresno and Madera 6,8572,7751957Includes 40 miles (64 km) of shoreline on Millerton Lake and the 1867 Millerton County Courthouse. [127]
Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve State natural reserve Mono 55,30022,4001982
Montaña de Oro State Park State park San Luis Obispo 10,3664,1951934
Montara State Beach State beach San Mateo 7803201959
Monterey State Historic Park State historic park Monterey 9.63.91916
Monterey State Beach State beach Monterey 114461960
Montgomery Woods State Natural Reserve State natural reserve Mendocino 2,7431,1101947
Moonlight State Beach State beach San Diego 156.11949
Morro Bay State Park State park San Luis Obispo 2,7831,1261934
Morro Strand State Beach State beach San Luis Obispo 183741932
Moss Landing State Beach State beach Monterey 60241972
Mount Diablo State Park State park Contra Costa 20,1248,1441931
Mount San Jacinto State Park State park Riverside 13,7185,5511930
Mount Tamalpais State Park State park Marin 6,2432,5261928
Natural Bridges State Beach State beach Santa Cruz 62251933
Navarro River Redwoods State Park State park Mendocino 7272941928
New Brighton State Beach State beach Santa Cruz 157641933
Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area State vehicular recreation area San Luis Obispo 2,6751,0831974
Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area State vehicular recreation area Imperial and San Diego 50,55320,4581976Offers off-roading opportunities adjacent to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. [128]
Old Sacramento State Historic Park State historic park Sacramento 2931191967Includes the California State Railroad Museum which celebrates the history of rail transportation in California with museum displays, 21 restored locomotives, and a heritage railway along the Sacramento River. [129]
Old Town San Diego State Historic Park State historic park San Diego 29121967
Olompali State Historic Park State historic park Marin 7002801977
Pacheco State Park State park Merced and Santa Clara 6,8942,7901995
Pacifica State Beach State beach San Mateo 218.51979
Palomar Mountain State Park State park San Diego 1,9097731932
Pelican State Beach State beach Del Norte 5.22.11947
Pescadero State Beach State beach San Mateo 7002801958
Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park State historic park Sonoma 41171951
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park State park Monterey 1,3915631933
Picacho State Recreation Area State recreation area Imperial 6,7592,7351960
Pigeon Point Light Station State Historic Park State historic park San Mateo 76311981
Pío Pico State Historic Park State historic park Los Angeles 5.52.21917
Pismo State Beach State beach San Luis Obispo 1,4125711935
Placerita Canyon State Park State park Los Angeles 3421381949
Plumas-Eureka State Park State park Plumas 4,4241,7901959
Point Cabrillo Light Station State Historic Park State historic park Mendocino 3831552002
Point Dume State Beach State beach Los Angeles 37151958
Point Lobos Ranch Park property Monterey 1,3295381998In development, not open to public
Point Lobos State Natural Reserve State natural reserve Monterey 1,3255361933
Point Mugu State Park State park Los Angeles 13,9475,6441966
Point Sal State Beach State beach Santa Barbara 84341948
Point Sur State Historic Park State historic park Monterey 92371986Contains the still-operational 1889 Point Sur Lighthouse and a former U.S. Navy SOSUS base. The lighthouse is on the NRHP. [130]
Pomponio State Beach State beach San Mateo 4211701960
Portola Redwoods State Park State park San Mateo 2,6081,0551945
Prairie City State Vehicular Recreation Area State vehicular recreation area Sacramento 2,7861,1271990Offers open off-roading at the foot of the Sierra Nevada as well as a go-kart track and 4WD obstacle course. This unit has never been officially named and 'Prairie City' is used until official action. [131]
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park State park Humboldt 14,1875,7411923
Providence Mountains State Recreation Area State recreation area San Bernardino 5,8902,3801956Closed to the public
Railtown 1897 State Historic Park State historic park Tuolumne 249.71982
Rancho San Andrés Castro Adobe Park property Santa Cruz 10.402002Comprises the grand 1849 hacienda of the prominent Castro family on their Rancho San Andrés. [132] In development, not open to public. The hacienda is on the NRHP.
Red Rock Canyon State Park State park Kern 25,32510,2491970
Refugio State Beach State beach Santa Barbara 9053661950
Reynolds Wayside Campground Wayside campground Mendocino 66271966Preserves a parcel of old-growth redwoods and Douglas fir beside U.S. Route 101. The campground was removed in 1976. [133]
Richardson Grove State Park State park Humboldt 1,7727171922
Rio de Los Angeles State Park State Recreation Area State recreation area Los Angeles 58232001
Robert H. Meyer Memorial State Beach State beach Los Angeles 37151978
Robert Louis Stevenson State Park State park Napa, Sonoma, and Lake 5,9902,4201949
Robert W. Crown Memorial State Beach State beach Alameda 132531961
Russian Gulch State Park State park Mendocino 1,3055281933
Saddleback Butte State Park State park Los Angeles 2,9541,1951957
Salinas River State Beach State beach Monterey and Santa Cruz 281.84114.061960
Salt Point State Park State park Sonoma 5,6842,3001968
Salton Sea State Recreation Area State recreation area Imperial and Riverside 16,9016,8401951
Samuel P. Taylor State Park State park Marin 2,7071,0951946
San Bruno Mountain State Park State park San Mateo 2981211980
San Buenaventura State Beach State beach Ventura 110451961
San Clemente State Beach State beach Orange 117471931
San Elijo State Beach State beach San Diego 5882381952
San Gregorio State Beach State beach San Mateo 4141681958
San Juan Bautista State Historic Park State historic park San Benito 6.12.51933
San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area State recreation area Merced 26,03610,5361969
San Onofre State Beach State beach San Diego 2,1078531971
San Pasqual Battlefield State Historic Park State historic park San Diego 69281918
San Timoteo Canyon Park property Riverside 1,1484652002
Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park State historic park Santa Cruz 1.90.771959
Santa Monica State Beach State beach Los Angeles 48191948
Santa Susana Pass State Historic Park State historic park Los Angeles 6712721979
Schooner Gulch State Beach State beach Mendocino 54221983
Seacliff State Beach State beach Santa Cruz 89361931
Shasta State Historic Park State historic park Shasta 25101937
Silver Strand State Beach State beach San Diego 3,7491,5171932
Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area State recreation area San Bernardino 2,2018911978
Sinkyone Wilderness State Park State park Mendocino and Humboldt 7,9373,2121975
Smithe Redwoods State Natural Reserve State natural reserve Mendocino 6892791963
Sonoma State Historic Park State historic park Sonoma 64261909
Sonoma Coast State Park State park Sonoma 10,0184,0541934
South Carlsbad State Beach State beach San Diego 118481949
South Yuba River State Park State park Nevada 8,7203,5301979
Standish-Hickey State Recreation Area State recreation area Mendocino 1,0214131921
State Indian Museum State historic park Sacramento 1914Interprets the diverse cultures of the indigenous peoples of California. [134]
Stone Lake Park property Sacramento 1,0904401978
Sue-meg State Park State park Humboldt 6522641930Formerly Patrick's Point State Park
Sugarloaf Ridge State Park State park Sonoma and Napa 4,4161,7871920Managed by a group of Sonoma County non-profits as Team Sugarloaf with no state funding.
Sunset State Beach State beach Santa Cruz 3021221931
Sutter Buttes State Park State park Sutter 1,7857222003In development on the north side of the Sutter Buttes. This park has not officially been named but has been classified as a state park. The use of Sutter Buttes in the name was allowed temporarily by the California State Parks Commission in 2004. Currently no public access. [135]
Sutter's Fort State Historic Park State historic park Sacramento 5.82.31914
Tahoe State Recreation Area State Recreation Area Placer 6225Campground on Lake Tahoe [136]
Thornton State Beach State beach San Mateo 58231955
Tijuana Estuary Point of interest San Diego
Tolowa Dunes State Park State park Del Norte 4,3991,7801983
Tomales Bay State Park State park Marin 2,4439891950Open under National Park Service management
Tomo-Kahni State Historic Park State historic park Kern 5602301993
Topanga State Park State park Los Angeles 12,6665,1261967
Torrey Pines State Beach State beach San Diego 61251952
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve State natural reserve San Diego 1,4615911952
Trinidad State Beach State beach Humboldt 159641937
Trione-Annadel State Park State park Sonoma 5,0922,0611971Supports a variety of day-use activities at the northern end of Sonoma Valley. [137]
Tule Elk State Natural Reserve State natural reserve Kern 9843981932
Turlock Lake State Recreation Area State recreation area Stanislaus 3,5591,4401950
Twin Lakes State Beach State beach Santa Cruz 95381955
Van Damme State Park State park Mendocino 2,3369451932Preserves beach, bog, and a pygmy forest on the site of a former redwood lumbering settlement. [138] The pygmy forest is a National Natural Landmark. [139]
Verdugo Mountains Park property Los Angeles 2511021984
Ward Creek Project Park property Placer 173701978
Washoe Meadows State Park State park El Dorado 6282541985
Wassama Round House State Historic Park State historic park Madera 27111978
Watts Towers of Simon Rodia State Historic Park State historic park Los Angeles 0.110.0451978
Weaverville Joss House State Historic Park State historic park Trinity 2.81.11956
Westport-Union Landing State Beach State beach Mendocino 58231952
Wilder Ranch State Park State park Santa Cruz 8,3423,3761974
Wildwood Canyon Park property Riverside 8563462002In development
Will Rogers State Beach State beach Los Angeles 82331931
Will Rogers State Historic Park State historic park Los Angeles 189761944
William B. Ide Adobe State Historic Park State historic park Tehama 3.91.61951
Woodland Opera House State Historic Park State historic park Yolo 0.260.111980
Woodson Bridge State Recreation Area State recreation area Tehama 3231311959
Zmudowski State Beach State beach Monterey and Santa Cruz 194791950

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