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Great camping spots in the Hudson Valley
Ditch the sofa and potato chips for a tent and fire-roasted marshmallows. Summer is in ideal time to go camping, and if you want to travel outside of your backyard and hit the great outdoors for a more authentic experience, here are four campsites in the Hudson Valley worth visiting.
Surrounded by the majestic Catskill Mountains, the Kenneth L. Wilson Campground in Ulster County offers something for everyone (859 Wittenberg Rd., Mount Tremper; 845-679-7020; reserveamerica.com). Campers can ride bikes on a mountain trail or hike on a nature trail. For the less outdoorsy, this campground is five miles north the village of Woodstock, where shopping and restaurants are plentiful.
Located in Rockland and Orange counties, Beaver Pond Campground in Harriman State Park offers a beach and plenty of outdoor activities like hiking and fishing (700 Kanawauke Rd., Pomona; 845-947-2792; reserveamerica.com). The site, located just 25 miles north of New York City, is a relaxing destination not too far from home.
Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park covers land in both Putnam in Dutchess counties (Route 301, Carmel; 845-225-7207; reserveamerica.com). The park’s lakes and ponds offer plenty of opportunities for bass, rainbow trout, and perch fishing. The park also boasts a sandy shored beach and nearby picnic area for old-fashioned summer fun.
For picnics overlooking the Hudson River, the Mills-Norrie State Park in the Taconic region is a perfect campground destination (Old Post Rd., Staatsburg; 845-889-4646; reserveamerica.com). The park offers two nine-hole golf courses and a bridle path as well as boating, canoeing and fishing.