Where To Camp Near NYC (& What To Wear)

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Just because you've watched every hair tutorial available to you (like, thousands) doesn't mean you don't like to get a little down and dirty. Well, at least every now and then. But considering New York City isn't anyone's idea of a conventional wilderness, you're going to have to leave the boroughs to get outdoorsy.

That's where we step in. We've rounded out our "best ofs" with an unexpected list of weekend plans. You know the kind — short-term escapes to take when you feel like taking a hike, taking a run, taking a swim, or just getting a little R&R. Plus, we've got the perfect outfits to go with each — even if your idea of a weekend in the woods is more about s'mores than earning scout badges. Ahead, the camping sites to hit up when you just can't take taxi cabs any longer.

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Watkins Glen State Park
Watkins Glen State Park Campground is home to really gorgeous cliffs and waterfalls. Sure beats the city's pools, huh? But, if swimming isn't totally your thing, you can also take advantage of the boat rentals, baseball fields, and biking paths. Either way, pack with a less-is-more attitude. Think: a one-piece suit that doubles as a tank top. How summer are you?

Watkins Glen State Park, 3530 State Route 419, Watkins Glen, NY; 607-535-4511.

J.Crew Neon Ruched Underwire Tank, $110, available at J.Crew; Monrow Zip Up Hoodie, $85, available at Les Pommettes; ASOS Retro Sunglasses With Thin Frame, $22.86, available at ASOS; Vans Chevron Slip-On, $50, available at Vans; American Eagle Outfitters Vintage Hi-Rise Shortie, $40, available at American Eagle Outfitters.
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Croton Point
Maybe your idea of camping is always being within walking distance of the train. You know, just in case you decide you're not into the whole bears-and-bugs thing. In that case, here's the perfect camping outfit for the novice outdoorswoman. Keep it simple with flattering sweats and a touch of arm swag. Plus, the brightly colored band will help friends find you if you get lost, newbie.

Croton Point Park, 1A Croton Point Avenue, Croton-on-Hudson, NY; 914-862-5290.

Nili Lotan Anorak Jacket, $499, available at Steven Alan; H&M Sweatpants, $19.95, available at H&M; Sole Society Boho Wrap Bracelet, $29.95, available at Sole Society; Athleta Shiva Tank 3, $28.99, available at Althleta; Old Navy Lace-Up Canvas Sneakers; $18, available at Old Navy; Herschel Supply & Co. Classic Backpack, $39.99, available at Herschel Supply.
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Oquaga Creek State Park
Oquaga Creek State Park is just three hours from New York but you probably won't be entirely sure of where you are. It feels that different from the city. There are places to pitch a tent and cabins for campers that want some shelter that's not so DIY. Make sure you pack a bathing suit and sneaks because you'll want to run or swim along the 55-acre beach encircling the lake.

Oquaga Creek State Park, 5995 County Road 20, Bainbridge, NY; 607-467-4160.

Zimmerman Mesh-Paneled Printed Swimsuit, $360, available at Net-a-Porter; American Needle New York Yankees Baseball Hat, $22.95, available at PacSun; MASTER&MUSE x SVILU Jacket, $234, available at Yoox; Nike Air Max Tailwind 6, $110, available at Nike; T by Alexander Wang Striped Cotton-Terry Shorts, $180, available at Net-a-Porter.
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Devil's Tombstone
Okay, so you're understandably a little thrown by the intense monicker of this camping destination. But, hear us out: The Catskills are the ideal place to get both R&R and a little exercise. This gigantic campground in the scenic Catskill Forest Preserve has everything from trailer setups to fishing amenities. Best of all, it's got hiking paths to some of the highest points in New York state. For that, we suggest packing serious boots and breathable clothes for your fashionable ascent.

Devil's Tombstone, NYS Route 214, Hunter, NY; 845-688-7160.

Timberland Premium Waterproof Outdoor Boot, $99.95, available at Infinity Shoes; Carolina MFG. Paisley Bandana, $4, available at Rei; Oliver Peoples Daddy B, $325, available at Oliver Peoples; Topshop Airtex T-Shirt, $44, available at Topshop; Jonathan Saunders Bermuda Shorts, $198, available at The Corner.