...at Minnewaska State Park Preserve, New York

After a day spent wandering wooded paths, admiring breathtaking views, and dipping your toes into a crystal-clear creek, you huddle around a campfire to look up at the glowing stars, crack a beer, and enjoy some s'mores — ahh, peace and quiet.

Why it's cool: Located just 94 miles north of New York City, the Minnewaska State Park Preserve is the perfect escape for nature lovers and outdoor adventurers.

The park sits on the dramatic Shawangunk Ridge (aka The Gunks, one of the oldest climbing spots in the country), which rises more than 2,000 feet above sea level and is surrounded by rugged, rocky terrain.

Featuring 35 miles of carriage roads and 50 miles of footpaths on which to bike, walk, hike, or simply enjoy, it's home to natural rock formations, several waterfalls, three crystal clear lakes, densely wooded forests, sheer cliffs, and ledges opening onto breathtakingly beautiful views.

Seriously, every inch of this place is 'grammable. Plus, you can try horseback riding or technical rock climbing (if you're experienced). The activities are endless.

Where to camp: Check out Samuel F. Pryor III Sha­wangunk Gateway for a minimalist but high-quality camping experience. The tent-only campground includes a pavilion and cooking area, a bathhouse, restroom facilities, and trails.

There are 24 drive-in spots (limited to one vehicle per site) and 26 walk-in spots. All sites accommodate up to two tents (and four people) per pad, so reservations are a good idea.

When it's open: Camping is open from mid-May through mid-November, weather permitting. There is something for everyone… come join the fun!

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