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In 2024, New York State Parks and Historic Sites celebrates our Centennial, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the founding of our parks and sites system. This system was built for you, and continues to serve as an acknowledgment that public access to open space and recreational assets is a right, and not a privilege, afforded to all New Yorkers.

Throughout the year, we will reflect on the last one hundred years, celebrate the vital legislation that spurred the expansion of our parks and sites’ network, and ignite conversation and action around preserving New York State lands for the next generation.

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Share Your Story

Share your favorite state park and historic site memories as part of our 100th anniversary celebration!


A vision one hundred years ago to connect people to New York State’s most celebrated lands has since transformed into the state park system we know and love today – encompassing 360,000 acres of beaches, campgrounds, trails, golf courses, and so much more.

While you may have your favorites, we treasure each and every one of our 250-plus properties.

From world-renowned Niagara Falls, boasting the wonders of nature, to the largest collection of Revolutionary War sites, spotlighting our state’s rich historic heritage.


For one hundred years, you’ve walked the trails, camped in the forests, organized summer cookouts, and swam in the lakes and pools. You’ve created memories and passed down traditions. You’ve helped forge the last one hundred years of recreation and stewardship – and will help ignite one hundred years ahead.

So, wherever you’re headed next ….

We’ll see you out there

A History of NY State Parks and Historic Sites

Explore the pivotal moments and meet the notable figures key in the development of the state park and historic site system we know and love today.

Service & Stewardship

For a century, we’ve been a leader in our commitment to preserving public lands and natural resources.