The Best Camping Spots in Westchester
Three cool county camping spots
Sure, in-room massages, pillow-top mattresses, and mini bars are comfy amenities to enjoy while on vacay, but, sometimes, you just want to get away from it all—turn-down service and mints on the pillow included. Luckily, we can do that without having to leave the county. Kevin Boyce, manager of Eastern Mountain Sports in Scarsdale and a self-proclaimed outdoor enthusiast, recommends three local camping sites where you can un-plug, de-stress, and commune with nature.
Where to camp: Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, Cross River Why it’s so great: In the county’s largest park—4,315-acres—“you can make your camping experience as luxurious or as rugged as you want,” Boyce says, “since you can drive right up to some of the campsites to drop off your accoutrements. And, since it’s one of the few places open year-round, really dedicated folks can do winter camping.”
Where to camp: Blue Mountain Reservation, Peekskill Why it’s so great: “This is a fantastic choice if you’re a biker,” Boyce declares. “They have a whole system of biking trails that run throughout the park. And its location, right off the Taconic, makes it easily accessible.” Also onsite is The Sportsman Center—the only outdoor public shooting range in the county, with pistol, rifle, trap and skeet, and archery ranges.
Where to camp: Sal J. Prezioso Mountain Lakes Park, North Salem Why it’s so great: “It has the highest point in Westchester, Mount Bailey,” Boyce says, “plus a ropes challenge course, with rope bridges and zip lines, for groups. They have rowboats, too, so you can go fishing and rowing in the lakes.”