Nearly six years in the making, we are thrilled to announce that we officially have Outdoor Project adventure guides in every U.S. state! It's a big day for the whole OP community, and in celebration we've compiled a list of staff favorites in all 50 states for you to enjoy. On this list you'll find everything from coastal hikes and memorable camp spots to historical landmarks and waterfall adventures. The diversity of our country's natural land is truly remarkable, and if one thing is clear after reading through the below 50 adventures it's that there really are explorations awaiting in every single state.
Less than 30 minutes from busy, downtown Birmingham, is a beautiful 1,500-acre park that delights outdoor enthusiasts and history buffs alike. Enjoy the on-site museum and historical buildings as well as hiking, fishing, birding, and more! Find more Alabama adventures here.
Open solely to tent campers, this 28-site campground offers awe-inspiring views of Denali for those lucky enough to catch a break in the clouds (a relatively rare occurrence). Wonder Lake Campground is deep within the park, and it provides a great wilderness alternative to those not ready to jump off a bus into the Alaskan backcountry with bears. Find more Alaska adventures here.
Despite the name, the hike to Massacre Falls is actually quite pleasant. Massacre Grounds Trail is a moderate 5.5-mile out-and-back trail in the Superstition Mountains that leads to a seasonal waterfall, Massacre Falls. Find more Arizona adventures here.
Hot Springs, Arkansas, is one of the hidden treasures in this southern state. From its history of the bathhouses to the national park, this place has so much to offer. This place is full of beauty and full of relaxation. Take time to literally soak it all up before you leave! Find more Arkansas adventure here.
Estero Bluffs State Park is a minimally-developed area just a few miles north of Morro Bay on the California coast. The park is a wonderful place to stop and spend and hour or several enjoying the spectacular coastal scenery and the surprising solitude available just yards from the highway. Find more California adventures here.
The Rattlesnake Canyon Arches area of the McInnis Canyon National Conservation Area is truly a hidden gem in the high desert country. It is a bit difficult to get to it; the roads require four-wheel drive, and they can be impassable when wet. The views of the several mesas and bench levels are fantastic, however. Find more Colorado adventures here.
Located just northwest of the city of Hartford, this 6-mile, 557-acre park is part of the Talcott Mountain Range that extends from Simsbury to Avon. With summits rising higher 1,000 feet, you can see as far as the Long Island Sound to the south, the Berkshires to the northwest, and New Hampshire’s Mount Monadnock 80 miles to the north. Find more Connecticut adventures here.
The Delaware Seashore State Park is a barrier island featuring an expansive 6 miles of undeveloped beach along the Delaware coastline that is perfect for swimming, surfing, fishing, sunbathing, and more. The campground is also a popular choice for those staying overnight. Find more Delaware adventures here.
The Wacissa River is located in Northern Florida, near Tallahassee. It is fed by 12 limestone springs just south of the town of Wacissa, and it cuts through Aucillia Wildlife Management Area. The river has been designated a State Paddling Trail, and it offers a great setting to canoe or kayak while observing abundant wildlife and going for a swim in the Big Blue Spring, a favorite swimming hole. Find more Florida adventures here.
The falls are the highlight of Amicalola Falls State Park, but there are lots of other recreation opportunities as well. As a resort park, it has a campground, cabins, a luxury lodge, and offers event hosting and adventure programming. Find more Georgia adventures here.
Kalauao Gulch is a lightly used trail off of the extremely popular 'Aiea Loop, with no real signage marking any of the junctions. Thus, most hikers walk right by without even knowing it. Kalauao is unique compared to its more popular counterpart in that it boasts a picturesque waterfall and swimming hole when visited under the right conditions. Find more Hawaii adventures here.
South of the Idaho Snake River at the Utah border is a seemingly magical collection of granite spires known as the City of Rocks. Visitors to the park will certainly find themselves in awe of the spectacular scenery all around and the miles of trails that await exploration. Find more Idaho adventures here.
Adventurers can get to Wildcat Canyon using the easy trail from the lodge or a moderate trail starting from the visitor center. Varying from a forest floor path to stairs to a wooden plank path, the trail offers some scenic sights along the way to Wildcat Canyon. During snowmelt and after rain, a waterfall will delight adventurers. Find more Illinois adventures here.
Griffy Lake Recreation Area is a beautiful spot in Bloomington, Indiana. The lake is a very scenic location and offers a variety of activities. It is a great place to relax and have a family picnic, take the dog hiking and swimming, fish for some largemouth bass, redear sunfish, bluegill, and catfish, or explore the various hiking trails and trek around the lake. Find more Indiana adventures here.
Maquoketa Caves State Park provides a unique spelunking experience for the whole family. The park contains more cave systems than any other park in Iowa, and many caves are accessible via the well-maintained trail system that runs throughout the park. Find more Iowa adventures here.
Being one of the Eight Wonders of Kansas, these unique white formations surrounded by prairie lands are fun for all ages to explore. A 6-mile well-maintained gravel road with green fields on both sides leads to these formations. Find more Kansas adventures here.
With more than 100 arches, towering sandstone cliffs, waterfalls, and old-growth forests, it is easy to see why it has been designated a National Geological Area, National Natural Landmark, and National Archeological District. Red River Gorge is famous for its rock climbing, and there are well over 500 miles hiking trails. Find more Kentucky adventures here.
Lake Bruin State Park is home to the beautiful 3,000-acre Lake Bruin, which has some of the clearest water in Louisiana. This state park does an excellent job catering to visitors who have come to get on the water and explore the lake. Find more Louisiana adventures here.
Just south of Rockland, Maine, a rocky, wooded peninsula protrudes into the Penobscot Bay. The tip of this peninsula is home to the Owls Head State Park and Lighthouse. The biggest draw to this state park is the historic Owls Head Lighthouse, and visitors can enjoy the rocky beach, picnic tables and grills with the whole family in tow. Find more Maine adventures here.
With over 35 miles of pristine barrier island beaches, marshes, and forest, the Assateague Island National Seashore is sure to have something for everyone. Besides its miles of coast, Assateague is most famous for its herd of wild ponies, which are often seen on the beach or in the marshes. Find more Maryland adventures here.
This park has geological and historical significance. Its chief feature (and namesake) is the only natural white marble arch in North America. Visitors can also view many of the remains of a marble quarry that was active on-site from 1810 until 1947. Find more Massachusetts adventures here.
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is located in Michigan's Northern Peninsula along the shores of Lake Superior outside the small town of Munising. While the park offers nearly 100 miles of trails, arguably the most scenic trails hug the towering limestone cliffs, where there are endless views on clear days - including this section from Miners Beach to Beaver Creek. Find more Michigan adventures here.
Located in Minnehaha Regional Park, Minnehaha Falls is a local gem for the city of Minneapolis and a great urban waterfall. This is a great adventure any time during the year, and weekdays and early weekend mornings are best to avoid the crowds. Find more Minnesota adventures here.
Whitten Park is one of the cleanest and well cared for parks in the state of Mississippi. It offers a wide variety of activities for all ages. If you are up for camping, this park is a great place to go and get away from everything. Find more Mississippi adventures here.
Elephant Rocks State Park is off the beaten path, but once you arrive you will be amazed at what you find. The park received its name from the giant boulders that stand end-to-end like a train of circus elephants. The largest rock in the park is named Dumbo, and it is 27 feet tall, 34 feet long, and 17 feet wide. Find more Missouri adventures here.
When it comes to roads, Going-to-the-Sun Road to truly unique: It is the first road to ever be registered as a National Historic Place, National Historic Landmark and Historic Civil Engineering Landmark. Without stopping, it takes around two hours to drive the full 50 miles of Going-to-the-Sun Road. Find more Montana adventures here.
Scottsbluff National Monument was established in 1919 to protect the towering bluffs of western Nebraska. Standing watch over Native American tribes, serving as a guide along the Oregon Trail, and guarding the Pony Express, Scottsbluff has weathered the ages as an iconic landmark. Find more Nebraska adventures here.
Gold Butte National Monument encompasses geological features, Native American petroglyphs, mountain peaks, and mining history. One of the main attractions is Devil's Throat, a sinkhole measuring about 100 feet in diameter and 50 feet in depth formed from a collapsed underground cave. Find more Nevada adventures here.
The Presidential Traverse is one of the most classic treks on the East Coast, and it draws in a large crowd yearly. The traverse spans approximately 26 miles depending on which route and peaks you wish to tackle, and hikers should be prepared for snow, wind, and rain any time of the year. Find more New Hampshire adventures here.
Van Campens Glen is a moderate hike along a creek that ends at a scenic waterfall. The hike has a total elevation gain of 195 feet, but it is mostly a flat hike. This hike is great for those looking for a short hike to a beautiful place. Pack a lunch and lounge at the foot of the waterfall, but no swimming is allowed here. Find more New Jersey adventures here.
Carlsbad Caverns is part of the Lechuguilla Cave system, which one of the largest in the world. Carlsbad Caverns National Park consists of over 119 caves and a lower level that has been mapped to a depth of 1,600 feet. Find more New Mexico adventures here.
The popular Gorge Trail of Watkins Glen State Park offers 19 waterfalls and numerous cascades and water sculptured potholes in a mere 2 miles as it drops through the deep, narrow gorge on its way to Seneca Lake. Though it is only about 2-miles each way, it has over 800 steps, so it may be hard for some people. Find more New York adventures here.
Located in the Unicoi Mountain Range of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Huckleberry Knob is one of the most history-filled and tranquil spots in the Appalachian Mountains. Just down the Cherohala Skyway and near the Tennessee and North Carolina state line, this short but breathtaking hike is popular among the locals, but rarely busy. Find more North Carolina adventures here.
The Petrified Forest Loop Trail is a 10.4-mile hike through Theodore Roosevelt National Park. The loop trail uses the Maah Daah Hey Trail (MDHT) to connect the North and South Petrified Forest Trails, gives beautiful panoramic views of the badlands, and offers a variety of terrain. Find more North Dakota adventures here.
Hocking Hills State Park is a wilderness area in the Allegheny Plateau region of Southeast Ohio, approximately one hour outside of Columbus. This area is absolutely stunning, and it is filled with waterfalls, sandstone cliffs, caves, gorges, rock shelters and rock tunnels. Find more Ohio adventures here.
The Black Mesa Nature Preserve lies quietly between the rugged terrain of the Rocky Mountains and the vast rolling plains of the short grass prairie, creating a hidden oasis in the very northwest corner of the Oklahoma panhandle. The trail is well marked and winds through the low landscape with periodic reveals of the plateau and surrounding spindle-top formations. Find more Oklahoma adventures here.
Located in Harney County, Oregon, and tucked into the Steens Mountain rain shadow, the Alvord Desert is one of the most isolated and unique land formations in the state. With some areas only receiving 5 inches of annual precipitation, it is also one of the driest locations in Oregon. Find more Oregon adventures here.
Dingmans Falls is the second tallest waterfall in Pennsylvania and is one of the most visited tourist attractions at the Delaware Water Gap. With a vertical drop of 130 feet, it's a beautiful scene nestled in the beautiful forests of the Delaware Water Gap. Find more Pennsylvania adventures here.
Burlingame State Park is, by Rhode Island Standards, a very large swath of land that connects a large campground to bike trails, a wildlife sanctuary, forested trails and a fair sized pond. The campground is perfect for families, as the property is loaded with amenities to keep the family entertained and comfortable. Find more Rhode Island adventures here.
Visitors to the tourist hot spot of Hilton Head drive right over miles of intracoastal salt marsh and may not even notice the wildlife haven that surrounds. Pinckney Island is a national wildlife refuge located just a short drive away. The island is reminiscent of the Lowcountry before urban development, with many acres of maritime forest still intact. Find more South Carolina adventures here.
The Notch Trail offers a unique hiking experience in the Badlands National Park. It is a short 1.5-mile hike, and you'll navigate ladders, riverbeds, canyons, and then follow a ledge that will bring you into a gulch area that feels like you are on another planet. Find more South Dakota adventures here.
Narrows of the Harpeth offers a two-for-one deal: scenic views and a historical site. The park is located on the Harpeth River, right where it makes a loop around a tall limestone bluff before coming around and returning to within 200 feet of itself again. There are two short hiking trails and also put-in/take-out opportunities for kayakers. Find more Tennessee adventures here.
One of the most photogenic features in the Palo Duro Canyon region is the Lighthouse, a stone tower jutting out from beneath the canyon rim. A moderate hike through beautiful desert terrain leads to views of the lighthouse, and a short but steep scramble earns access to a scenic stone platform at its base. Find more Texas adventures here.
Road Canyon has a few very beautiful and interesting sites that are relatively easy to locate and that do not require a difficult hike. The scenery in the canyon is quite nice and makes an interesting and pleasant hike in its own right. Find more Utah adventures here.
Perched high above Vermont State Route 108 in the rocky section of Smugglers Notch is a prominent rock formation known as Elephants Head. Atop this cliff is a small viewpoint that overlooks the highway and the Stowe Valley beyond - making for some spectacular views of the Green Mountains. Find more Vermont adventures here.
Only 10 miles from Washington D.C., Great Falls Park is full of natural beauty and historical significance. The waterfalls at Great Falls park are some of the most impressive falls in the eastern United States. As the river approaches the falls, it narrows from 1,000 feet to just over 100 feet wide. The main section is comprised of over 20 falls and drops 76 feet in less than a mile. Find more Virginia adventures here.
Blanca Lake is one of the most vibrant lakes in the Cascades. The amazing blue-green colored water of the lake makes this steep hike well worth it. The minerals from Monte Cristo, Keyes, and Columbia Peak make Blanca take on its amazing colors, and backcountry campsites in the area make this a great option for a weekend in the mountains. Find more Washington adventures here.
Perched on the precipice of the Eastern Continental Divide and high on the edge of the Allegheny Plateau sits the Bear Rocks Preserve. It is only 477 acres, but it is a place of such extraordinary beauty that many feel it represents the most iconic images of the Dolly Sods area and surrounding wildernesses. Find more West Virginia adventures here.
Snow and ice transform a popular summer kayaking destination to a stunning winterscape only accessible by hiking on the frozen lake. The Apostle Island National Lakeshore is a popular attraction, but when these mainland caves become filled with cascading icicles, it's really something to behold. Find more Wisconsin adventures here.
Large expanses of granite peaks make the Wind River Mountains unique, and East Temple Peak is one of the most stunning peaks in the western United States. Temple Peak, which can be seen during most of the hike, is absolutely massive, a looming presence over the beautiful Temple Lake. Find more Wyoming adventures here.