I spent my last day at Fahnestock State Park, about halfway between the city and the Catskills. My body was tired, so I spent Wednesday morning doing an easy hike, just 2.3 miles each way on the Appalachian Trail. The hike ended with a view of Canopus Lake, which was nice, but the real highlight was the mountain laurel, which peaks at the end of June. I could hardly pass that up.
The surprise here was how nice the campground was. I had a really pretty site, but all the sites were attractive. There are bathhouses (although my shower was cold), a nature center, a lake with a beach and rowboats for rent, as well as a pond. The pond was much prettier than the lake, and I ate lunch there before heading home. It would be a nice park for a weekend getaway from New York city, especially if the entire group wasn't rabid hikers.