Choose Your Adventure
A weekend in the woods on the Appalachian trail was never in my future when I moved to Manhattan to start college last August. Now that I’ve checked it off my bucket list of “things I never thought I’d do,” though, I hope that my unexpected foray into the great outdoors (read all about it in this Friday’s Weekend edition) inspires you to escape the urban hustle and bustle for your own night under the stars.
Whether you take the same route as I to the little old town of Pawling, or venture out to one of the options below, it’s bound to be a win/win situation for you and the lucky friends you ask to accompany you. Happy trails!
1.) Croton Point Park: If you’re short on time (and let’s face it, who isn’t?), but still in search of a doable getaway, head just an hour north to Westchester County park. Once you pitch your tent on the Hudson River, spend the afternoon hiking and swimming if the weather allows, or take a detour from nature with a tour of the nearby historic wineries.
Price: Tent sites are $30 a night with a park pass, $50 without.
Travel: From Grand Central Terminal, take Metro-North’s Hudson Line to the Croton-Harmon station, then walk about a half-mile walk to the park entrance. Visit westchestergov.com for reservations.
2.) Malouf’s Mountain Sunset Campgrounds: You won’t need to pack much to enjoy an overnight at this upstate New York camping resort. Owner Dick Malouf will pick you up from the closest train station and drop off your gear at a nearby camp site while you set off on a hike. The “chow box” filled with silverware and supplies is the cherry on top of this sweet weekend away—you can even order in from local restaurants for a true “glamping” experience (Glam camping, look it up, it’s a thing).
Price: $68 per night for a platform site with chow box and tent, $43 for primitive sites
Travel: From Grand Central Terminal, take Metro-North’s Hudson Line to the Beacon station (about 90 minutes). Call 845-831-6767 or visit maloufsmountain.com for reservations.
3.) Clarence Fahnestock State Park: No need to pine for the summer camping trips of old when you can book one of 80 campsites located on the picturesque Canopus Lake. Row, swim, and hike to your heart’s content, or catch some fish for dinner in the great outdoors.
Price: $19 a night per tent site
Travel: From Grand Central Terminal, take Metro-North’s Hudson Line to the Cold Spring station. Arrange ahead of time for the eight-mile taxi ride to the campgrounds (about $20). Visit newyorkstateparks.reserveamerica.com for reservations.
4.) Floyd Bennett Field: As if you really need another reason to venture to Brookyln: Food festivals, cozy cafes, organic eggs…but wait! This one isn’t centered around food, and is the closest camping experience available to us city-slickers. In this onetime airport, now national park in Marine Park, you can gather around a fire pit and sing camp songs late into the night.
Price: $50 per campsite for a three-night stay.
Travel: Take the 2 or 5 train (at rush hour) to Flatbush Avenue and transfer to the Rockaway Park–bound Q35 bus. Call 718-338-3799 for reservations.
You can check out the rest of the Weekend issue here.
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