Because California has so many state parks, reserves, and beaches, I wanted to create a list of the parks I've visited by their region. In total, there are over 248 designated parks, reserves, recreation areas, beaches, and historic parks managed by the California state park system. My current total: 41/248. Many more to go. I will be working on adding links to the places I've blogged about and continue adding photos. 

Southern california desert

  • Red Rock Canyon State Park 

Southern California Mountains 

  • Santa Susana Mountains State Park 

Santa monica mountains 

  • Leo Carrillo State Park 
  • Pt. Mugu State Park 

Southern california coast

  • San Buenaventura State Beach
  • Emma Wood State Beach
  • La Purisima Mission State Historic Park 

Sacramento valley (north)

  • Folsom Lake State Recreation Area

Central California mountains/big sur

  • Limekiln State Park
  • Julia Pfeifer Burns State Park 
  • Andrew Molera State Park 

Santa Cruz Mountains

East bay, south peninsula

Central california coast

  • San Simeon State Park 
  • Pt. Lobos State Reserve
  • New Brighton and Seacliff State Beaches
  • Natural Bridges State Beach
  • Wilder Ranch State Historic Park 
  • Ano Nuevo State Reserve
  • McNee Ranch State Park 
  • Montana de Oro State Park 

Northern california mountains/wine country

  • Bothe-Napa Valley State Park 

Gold country

  • Calaveras Big Trees State Park 


Northern california Redwoods

  • Humboldt Redwoods State Park 
  • Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park 
  • Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park 

Northern california coast/san francisco bay

  • Samuel P. Taylor State Park 
  • Tomales Bay State Park 

North Coast