Croton Point Park, Croton Point Avenue, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520, 914-862-5290. This 500 acre peninsula juts into the Hudson River about 8 miles north of Sleepy Hollow. The park offers cabins, RV sites, and tent sites. The cabin area can be raucous, but the views of the Hudson River are spectacular. Enjoy the sandy beach, launch a boat (sailboards, canoes, kayaks, and car-top carried boats only), or fish off the rocky point. The park is also a popular spot for bird watchers, with frequent sightings of bald eagles and several species of hawks. Tent sites start at $50/night, RV sites at $50/night, cabins at $95/night. Discounts apply for holders of Westchester County parks pass.
Harriman State Park, in Rockland and Orange counties, is the second-largest park in the New York state parks system, with 31 lakes and reservoirs, 200 miles of hiking trails, three beaches, public camping areas, and miles of streams and scenic roads. At over 44,000 acres, this is as close to wilderness as you can find near New York City. About 25 miles from Sleepy Hollow, across the Tappan Zee Bridge ($5 toll). Beaver Pond Campgrounds offers tent and RV sites. Reserve through Reserve America at 1-800-456-CAMP, 1-800-456-2267.
Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, Route 121 South (near intersection with Route 35), Cross River, NY, 10518, 914-864-7317 or 914-864-7318. 4,300 acre park about 25 miles from Sleepy Hollow offers picnicking, year-round lean-to and tent camping, equestrian trails, hiking, fishing (trout stream), and cross-country skiing. Tent sites are $25/night, lean-tos $35/night. Those rates are discounted to $15 and $25, respectively, with a Westchester County parks pass.