Looking for an easy outdoor escape in a relatively nice neighborhood with a plethora of more urban activities, then take a day to explore Kaaterskill Wild Forest. The main town nearby where you’re going to launch from is probably Saugerties New York which puts you right in the action of the Hudson Valley. Gentle rolling hills, gorgeous trees both in spring and then again in the fall when the autumn colors are mind boggling.
South is Woodstock and just north adjoining is Catskill Park. Its been a few years since we’ve done any fishing on the Hudson itself, but rumor has its pretty great. Not such a bad place to pitch your tent for a little camping. Practice for the Appalachian Trail.