If you leave the bench and go west on the Appalachian Trail, you’ll hit the Telephone Pioneers shelter in about 4 miles. If you go east, you’ll hit the Wiley Shelter in about 6. There are lean-tos past both of these, but these are the closest places to lay your head after you get off that big gray speeding bullet.
If you decide to hike towards the Wiley Shelter, you’ll go through twenty minutes of a cattle farm until you reach the thin forest. If you happen to be wearing your Mets hat, be sure not to pull any Mitch and Norman type escapades. And keep your eye out for wild turkeys. From there, follow the white blaze for about 5.5 miles until you come across Wiley. Tons of places to set up a tent, a well with freezing cold water, and the faint sound of the Metro North’s horn make it a hell of an overnight. Especially during this time of year when you can remember what it feels like to actually need a fire.