I go to Harriman State Park few times a year.
Sometimes on a dayhikes with my family, sometimes backpacking across it. It's really surprising to find such a solitude and wilderness (relative, of course) within a 1-hour drive from Manhattan.
You don't even need a car. On my through-hikes I normally take a Metro North train to Suffern, Tuxedo Park or Harriman (depending on the trail I chose), then hike all the way to Bear Mountain and take a bus back to the city. At a leisure pace the whole trip takes 3 days. Sometimes I walk for hours without seeing another human. Only deer, chipmunks and snakes. Amazing! Considering the fact that you can see Manhattan skyline from the hills (West Mountain - one of the best views there)
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