Although often overlooked for a place to go camping, New York City, as well as being a great and thriving city, also has some wonderful parks that are ideal to enjoy the great outdoors from a tent.
Thirty five mile out of Rochester is where the Letchworth State Park is situated alongside the River Genesee.
There are lots of different adventures to be had here from canoeing to whitewater rafting and even soaring through the sky in a hot air balloon.
Natural beauty comes in the form of waterfalls and canyons and it is a great environment to appreciate the joy of camping.
For those who prefer the rawness of untamed nature, the untouched wilderness which is the six hundred acres of Wildwood State Park will prove irresistible.
Camping is only allowed outside of the colder winter months and here it is all about hiking trails, swimming and maybe a spot of fishing for your supper.
For all year round facilities it is hard to beat Hither Hills State Park, a campground highly rated in the United States as a whole. People can ski here in this Montauk park and hunting is allowed at certain times.
It has bridle paths and playing fields as well as sympathetically developed nature trails which include idyllic spots for an afternoon of fishing.
Other campgrounds worth seeking out, including the Heckscher State Park, has some pleasant trails for dog walkers and is one of the top one hundred American campgrounds.
If you take any one of the eighteen to twenty exits off of I-86 you will discover the Allegany State Park. Here are some excellent inns and cabins as well as some great back to nature activities for all the family.