Get back to nature without straying too far from civilization at Sterling Forest State Park in Tuxedo, New York.
Surrounded by one of the nation's most densely populated areas, this forest covers almost 18,000 acres and serves as a natural refuge for all kinds of plant and animal life from bears to hawks and songbirds. There are lots of activities for humans too.
You can enjoy biking, fishing, hiking, hunting, ice fishing, and snowshoeing. There is a boat launch and a gift shop / visitor's center. Don't miss the New York Renaissance Faire held there each year!