Originally Posted by jdhiv4
-----------------Is that the only places we have all camped? Surely there are more!?
I have camped in few other places around the Hudson Valley, while in Scouts, but lots of those places where private property. OP was looking for places not far from NYC.
As of late my two places that I have been doing "dump camping", ( as in drive in, park and "dump" everything have been North lake in Catskill park and Lake Taghkanic park. Both are about an hour from home and both are pretty nice.
For backpacking/camping I have been going out in the Adirondacks to a spot called Pharaoh lake. Not a bad hike,(5.5 miles) but far enough off the path that you need everything with you should you get in trouble. We go there waaayyyy before the summer season starts. There has been times there's still snow in spots.
When I get a chance I'll post up a few pictures.