One of the best assets of the Hudson Valley is, undoubtedly, its numerous, glorious state parks, as well as the accessible camping that goes along with them. There are a number of beautiful campgrounds within an hour of Beacon that provide the opportunity for a quick weekend vacation, “wilderness” style.
This week, we highlight just a few of the great places to pitch a tent for your standard two-day getaway.
Mills Norrie State Park
Mills-Norrie State Park, is made up of two parks: Margaret Lewis Norrie and Ogden & Ruth Livingston Mills State Parks, bounded on the west by the Hudson River. Picnic on the bluffs overlooking the Hudson or play golf on the two nine-hole golf courses, whose grounds are open for cross-country skiers in winter. Geocaching, hiking and biking, as well as a sledding hill on the lawn of the Mills estate make this park a popular destination year-round.
Facilities include campsites, cabins, a golf course, trails, and a marina. The Norrie Marina provides boating and fishing access, and picnic areas that sit on the bluffs overlooking the Hudson. The park is open year-round, sunrise to sunset.
Fahenstock State Park
Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park boasts abundant opportunities for boating, hunting, fishing, and birding. The large beach at Canopus Lake, with its sandy shore and nearby picnic area, is the jewel of the park. Fishing in Stillwater and Canopus Lakes and in the park’s four ponds is excellent in all seasons for anglers seeking bass, pickerel, perch, or brook and rainbow trout. Rowboats and kayaks are available for rental. The park is also home to Fahnestock Winter Park, which includes 15 kilometers of groomed trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, as well as an area for sledding.
The park has a beach, boat launch, boat rentals, a nature trail, a bridle path for horses, concessions, a picnic area with tables and pavilions. The scenic campground, formed along the park’s natural rock ridges, provides alcoves of privacy and tranquility. Each campsite has a picnic table, fire ring and a barbeque grill.
Beaver Pond at Harriman State Park
Beaver Pond offers campsites, some with a raised platform, for up to two tents and six persons per site; select sites can accommodate a trailer or RV up to 30 ft. long. Each site has a picnic table and fire ring with flip top grill, and there are shared full-service bathrooms centrally located. Located in Harriman State Park and adjacent to Lake Welch, the campground offers convenient access to swimming beaches, hiking trails, and neighboring state park facilities. Visitors can experience the natural beauty of the Lower Hudson Valley, while having the ease of access to local shops, historic sites, and countless seasonal events.
The Samuel F. Pryor III Shawangunk Gateway Campground at Minnewaska State Park
A high quality, minimalist camping experience for visitors to the breathtaking Shawangunk Mountains. The tent-only campground includes a pavilion and cooking area, bathhouse and restroom facilities, and circulation trails. There are 24 drive-in spots (one vehicle per site) and 26 walk-in spots. All sites accommodate up to two tents (and four people) per pad. Recreational vehicles are not permitted. Camping is open mid-May through mid-November, weather permitting.
The Sebago Cabin Camp in Harriman State Park is on Lake Sebago. The camp offers rustic cabins and full service cottages. Also available: row boat rentals, beach, biking and hiking, organized sports, Saturday bonfire, rainy day movies and activities, play area, recreation hall, and tennis courts.
Offers both platform and primitive sites so if you have limited gear, or are a novice camper, you can easily get to the camp and enjoy the outdoors without the hassle of buying and hauling a ton of gear. But if you are a seasoned camper and want the full-wilderness experience (with real bathrooms of course…) we have that too.