List of social nudity places in North America

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This is a list of places where social nudity is practised in North America for recreation. As a philosophy, this practice is commonly referred to as naturism; the International Naturist Federation has affiliates in over 30 countries.[1] However, most who indulge in this activity are likely not formal members of a naturist organization. This listing includes free beaches (clothing-optional beaches or nude beaches) and some private resorts.

Anguilla[edit]

  • Captain's Bay

Antigua & Barbuda[edit]

The Bahamas[edit]

Canada[edit]

These are just the most prominent nude beaches in Canada. For a more complete listing of free beaches and naturist resorts, visit Federation of Canadian Naturists.[4] For general information on the naturist community, visit NetNude portal.[5] For more information on top-freedom (toplessness) in Canada (and elsewhere), see Top-Free Equal Rights Association.[6]

British Columbia[edit]

British Columbia has thousands of kilometres of coastline and thousands of lakes, as well as millions of hectares of natural parks and undeveloped land. The vast majority of these areas are mostly uninhabited and nude swimming and sunbathing can be done with little concern for disturbing others. In the populated areas, particularly the Lower Mainland, Greater Victoria, and the Okanagan, nudity is generally practiced only in certain established or isolated locations (usually beaches) and on private properties.

Wreck Beach from a distance.
  • Wreck Beach is the second largest clothing-optional beach in North America with over 100,000 visitors each year. On the shore of the Georgia Strait and the north arm of the Fraser River, it is part of Pacific Spirit Regional Park, which is adjacent to the University Endowment Lands, just west of the city limits of Vancouver.
  • In Surrey, British Columbia, 2006 political wrangling has fallen in favour of allowing nude sunbathing at Crescent Rock Beach.[7]
  • Red Sands Beach in Nelson, British Columbia is a nude beach used mainly by locals. Camping is also common there.
  • 3 Mile Beach in Penticton, British Columbia is a nude beach used mainly by locals.
  • Nipple Point in Salmon Arm, British Columbia is a rocky beach east of the town that sees occasional nude use.
  • Tribune Bay (Tribune Bay Provincial Park) on Hornby Island, British Columbia is a clothing optional sandy/small round gravel beach, close to the Co-op, camping nearby. "Little Tribune Bay" is the nude (or clothing-optional ) beach; the Provincial Park beach is a non-nude beachfront. "Little Tribune Bay" is around a small rocky point to the West of the Provincial Park Campground/Beach. It is very nice and accessible by road, boat or around the beach from the Provincial Park.
  • Mission Flats Beach, Kamloops. From downtown head east to Mission Flats road. Follow that for approx 5 minutes until you pass the pulp mill. There will be a large sign on the north side of the road stating no trespassing but there is a trail system to the beach from there. If you drive 20 seconds beyond the sign there is a parking lot with trails to the beach. Expansive sandy beach early spring and late summer based on the rise and fall of water levels. Very popular with couples as well as singles.
  • Prior Lake on Vancouver Island near Victoria, British Columbia. From a backroad around Thetis lake, there is access to this smaller lake which features a secluded dock that is clothing optional.
  • Sol Sante Club is a naturist club located on a 175 acre property near Cobble Hill, north of Victoria on Vancouver Island.
  • At Lost Lake, in Whistler, British Columbia, there is a "Nudy Dock" where it is acceptable to bathe and sun tan nude

Saskatchewan[edit]

  • Paradise Beach (Bareass Beach) Located just outside Saskatoon 51°58'22"N 106°47'23"W. The nudity section is to the left facing the water.

Nova Scotia[edit]

  • Crystal Crescent Beach Provincial Park, near Sambro, Nova Scotia, is about 18 kilometres (11 mi) from Halifax and has a section that is a nude beach.

Ontario[edit]

  • All areas of Ontario, unless otherwise specified by town or city by-laws, allow both males and females to be topless in public.
  • Hanlan's Point Beach, on the Toronto Islands is a sandy Clothing-optional beach.
  • The Ponderosa Nature Resort (colloquially The Pond) is a year-round resort between Guelph and Hamilton off of Hwy 6. It will be hosting NUDEstock North, Canada's first Nudestock music festival.
  • Beechgrove Beach, Toronto, located 100 metres east of the parking lot at the end of Beechgrove Avenue.[8]
  • Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park is a year-round facility.
  • The Grand Barn is a clothing-optional facility located in Eastern Ontario, equidistant between Ottawa, Cornwall, and Montreal, Quebec.
  • Sandbanks Provincial Park has an unofficial nude beach area away from the mainstream beach area with signs posted against it.
  • A private beach in Port Burwell, approximately 1,000 metres west of the Port Burwell Provincial Park parking lot #5.
  • Freedom Fields Naturist Ranch (www.freedomfieldsnaturistranch.com) near Tamworth.
  • Lakesun Club (www.lakesun.net) near Inverary.
  • The City of Toronto permits nudity at public events, such as the World Pride Parade & the Naked World Bike Day.

Manitoba[edit]

  • Patricia Beach has an section that is an unofficial nude beach on Lake Winnipeg.
  • Beaconia Beach has an unofficial nude beach section on the southeastern shore of Lake Winnipeg.
  • Naturist Legacy Park is a family friendly facility that welcomes everyone interested in naturism. The site features both RV and tent camping areas, modern washrooms, indoor and outdoor showers, a sparkling new swimming pool, a new beach sand volleyball court and a new bocce court.

Quebec[edit]

Prince Edward Island[edit]

Blooming Point Beach in Prince Edward Island

Costa Rica[edit]

  • Montezuma Beach – Playa Grande is a thirty-minute hike north of Montezuma, with optional nudity.[13]

Dominican Republic[edit]

French Antilles[edit]

[2]

  • Guadeloupe
    • Anse Crawen, not far from Bourg
    • Anse Tarare, Guadeloupe
  • Martinique
    • Anse Traubaud
    • Petite Anse de Salines
  • St. Barths
    • Columbier Beach
    • Flamands Beach, St. Barths
    • Gouveneur Beach, St. Barths
    • Grand cul de Sac, St. Barths
    • Shell Beach, St. Barths
    • St. Jean Beach, St. Barths
  • Saint Martin
    • Orient Beach

Jamaica[edit]

  • Breezes Runaway Bay[14]
  • Couples Ocho Rios
  • Grand Lido Negril
  • Grand Lido Sans Souci
  • Hedonism II and III in Negril
  • N-Resort
  • Negril Cabins Resort
  • Rolcata Resort & Spa
  • Sandals Royal Caribbean(backside of private island)
  • Seven Mile Beach, Negril
  • Sunset Beach Resort & Spa
  • Nude Lun Park

Mexico[edit]

  • Zipolite, Oaxaca: Zipolite beach has been nudist for more than 30 years. Nudism in Zipolite is tolerated, since Mexican law condemns only "immorality" and thus the issue ends up being a matter of the judge's criteria. This beach is reputed to be the best place for nudism in the country. The numerous nudists and the long tradition make it safe for nudists.
  • Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo has a beach in town located near the Cozumel Ferry terminal that allows topless sunbathing, at least informally. Within Playa del Carmenm, there's a strip of beach called Kentenah which hosts some secluded resorts like Hidden Beach that is designed for nudists. Some topless sunbathing also occurs at Tulum, although not as commonly as in Playa del Carmen, although there are clothing-optional resorts like this eco-hotel.20°10′37.6″N 87°26′48.1″W / 20.177111°N 87.446694°W / 20.177111; -87.446694 and also adult lifestyle hotels like Desire and Desire Pearl.
  • A newly opened nudist hotel in Tulum named Mak Nuk has a completely nude beach inside the biosphere protected area.

Netherlands Antilles[edit]

  • On Aruba island, two beaches allow nudity, especially in late afternoon and dawn:
  • Bonaire
    • Sorobon Resort
  • Curaçao has no legal nude beaches at this time.
  • Sint Maarten (Dutch side) and Saint Martin (French side) have a beach called "Orient Bay"
    • with the famous "Club Orient" facing flat island on the atlantic side.
    • No clothes on beach – in beachbar and hotel is tradition for more than 30 years now

Panama[edit]

United States[edit]

Additional and up-to-date information on public and private locations may be obtained on the web sites of the American Association for Nude Recreation (AANR)[16] and The Naturist Society (TNS)[17] For general information on the naturist community, visit NetNude portal.[5]

Alabama[edit]

  • Gymno-Vita Park is a 110-acre (45 ha) AANR affiliated campground for couples and families only near Pell City[18] using a mailing address in Vandiver.[19][20]

Alaska[edit]

Public nudity is illegal in Alaska (No social places)

  • Whispering Winds Resort is a TNS affiliated proposed Bed and breakfast in Homer. There have been reports since June 2008, but this has not yet opened.[21]

Arizona[edit]

  • Shangri La Ranch[22] in New River is a family friendly facility that welcomes everyone interested in naturism.
  • Mira Vista Resort[23] in Tucson is a clothing-optional resort that opened in May 2006. Tucson and Southern Arizona have a wealth of attractions, activities and annual events, all close to Mira Vista Resort.

Public nudity is illegal in Arizona. However, Verde Hot Springs (Springs only – not the campground) is traditionally nude. There are a few clothing-optional gay resorts in Phoenix. Tucson’s Upper Tanque Verde Creek is a popular social nudity spot. The lower trail leads to a series of pools and waterfalls along Tanque Verde Creek. The Upper Trail is a quick, 10-minute hike to a well-liked swimming and sunning spot used by sunbathers of both sexes clothed and unclothed.

Arkansas[edit]

Public nudity is illegal in Arkansas in the presence of the opposite sex. However, same-sex nudity is legal in Arkansas.[24] There are no AANR affiliated clubs in Arkansas.

For more information (public) on the above. Please visit Arktimes[25] and search for the 2007 article Naked comes the bather by the author Leslie Newell Peacock.

  • Magnetic Valley Resort in Eureka Springs, Arkansas is a private men-only resort. The pool and bar areas are clothing optional.

California[edit]

  • Alameda County
  • Del Norte County
  • El Dorado County
    • American River down river from the route 49 highway bridge.[which?] Biking path is on the south side of the vehicle bridge, after crossing the old concrete railroad bridge, several small trails lead down a steep bank to a series of large rocks outcropping on the river.[citation needed]
  • Humboldt County
    • Baker's Beach, in Humboldt County between Trinidad and Moonstone.[26][27] Humboldt North Coast Land Trust claims to own this property.[28]
    • College Cove Beach is in the town of Trinidad, north of Eureka in Northern Humboldt County.
  • Inyo County
  • Lake County
    • Harbin Hot Springs is a retreat and workshop center 93.4 miles (150.3 km) northeast of the San Francisco Bay Area, north of the Napa Valley, near Middletown, California.
  • Marin County
  • Mendocino County
  • Mono County
    • Little Hot Creek east of Mammoth Lakes, California. To find this clothing-optional hot springs, you'll need a good local map showing dirt roads.
  • Monterey County
    • Zmudowski State Beach – Unofficial clothing-optional "hidden beach" within Moss Landing.
    • Garrapata State Park – Clothing-optional beach 15 minutes drive south of Carmel.
    • Marina Beach State Park (South side) – A 15 minute drive north of Monterey, CA. 15 minute hike over the sand dunes.
  • Napa County
    • Meadowlark Country House – A twenty room/suite Bed and Breakfast outside Calistoga with a large mineral-rich water pool area, Jacuzzi and sauna. Clothing-optional mineral water pool, hot tub, sauna, and sun bathing terraces are available with the purchase of a day pass at $35 per person.[29]
  • Nevada County
  • Orange County
    • San Onofre Beach, which is actually in San Diego County, but is so close to the Orange County line that most of its visitors were from both counties. is 55 km (34.2 mi) northwest of this beach (near San Clemente). It was clothing optional until 2010. This news story on Fox 6 reports on the ban.
  • Riverside County
    • ""Anahata Springs Spa and Retreat"" near Palm Springs, is a clothing optional zen spa and retreat with hot spring pool and spa.
    • Living Waters Spa near Palm Springs in Desert Hot Springs, CA, this swimsuit optional spa has hot spring water pools and the spa is an easy introduction to social nudity. TripAdvisor named them as one of the Top 25 Small Hotels in the US for 2014.[30]
    • Glen Eden Nudist Resort – One of the largest membership owned clubs in the country, Glen Eden, located in Corona, CA, is Southern California's premier nudist destination.
    • Desert Sun Resort[31] – Formally Desert Shadows Inn. One of the premier nudist resorts in North America. Located in warm, sunny Palm Springs, CA.
    • The Terra Cotta Inn Clothing-Optional Resort and Spa in sunny Palm Springs, CA, this nudist resort is popular with first-time nude sunbathers. Palm Springs Life Magazine selected them one of top 3 best boutique hotels in Palm Springs in their December 2009 Best of the Best issue.[32]
  • Sacramento County
    • Laguna del Sol – Clothing-optional resort in Wilton, near Sacramento, featuring camping and RV spots, a lake, heated swimming pools, spas, walking tracks, stores, restaurant and event center.
  • San Benito County
  • San Bernardino County
  • San Diego County
    • Black's Beach, in La Jolla, a neighborhood of San Diego, is possibly the largest de facto clothing-optional beach in the United States. Part of the beach is in a state park where it is legal to be nude, the rest is on city property where it is illegal to be nude but generally tolerated.
    • DeAnza Springs Resort – Naturist resort in Jacumba, CA. DeAnza Springs is the largest and one of the newest clothing optional resorts in North America. Situated on more than 500 acres (202 ha) of high desert (at 2,600 feet or 792 metres) in Eastern San Diego County, it is ideal for year-round vacationing.[35]
    • San Onofre Beach is 55 km (34.2 mi) northwest of this beach (near San Clemente). It was clothing optional until 2010. This news story on Fox 6 reports on the ban.
  • San Francisco City and County
    • Baker Beach is a beach of the National Park Service in San Francisco. The north end of the beach (closest to the Golden Gate bridge) is officially sanctioned as clothing-optional.[36][37][38]
    • Land's End – Within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Land’s End beach is a beautiful and legal nude beach in the San Francisco area.[39] It is reached only by a steep, difficult trail.
    • San Francisco - There was a law passed by the city council in Fall of 2012 making public nudity an infraction city-wide. The law went into effect in February, 2013 but may be challenged in court.
  • San Luis Obispo County
    • Pirates Cove near San Luis Obispo, California[40]
  • San Mateo County
    • San Gregorio nude beach might be the oldest continuously active nude beach in the United States.[citation needed] It dates to 1967 and is 3 km (1.9 mi) of public beach which can be reached only by a private road near the town of San Gregorio on the San Mateo County coast, south of San Francisco. San Gregorio beach is the largest of about 20 clothing-optional beaches along the coast between San Francisco and Santa Cruz.
    • Devil's Slide or Gray Whale Cove is the only officially sanctioned nude state-owned beach in California. Run for years by a private concessionaire who provided the only access to this remote beach, the State of California took over its operation. NOTE: The California State Park system officially outlaws nudity unless the area is specifically set aside for such use (e.g., dressing areas).[41]
  • Santa Barbara County
    • Bates Beach in Carpinteria was formerly clothing optional, but nudity has is now banned[42] Santa Barbara Based Nude Beach Alliance is fighting a legal battle to bring back clothing optional
  • Santa Clara County
    • Lupin Lodge – Naturist resort in Los Gatos. Memberships available as well as day/night passes. Camping available. Just south of Silicon Valley, off Highway 17 (Idylwild Rd. exit).[43]
  • Santa Cruz County
    • Laguna Creek Beach – Public beach frequented by nude sunbathers 6 miles (9.7 km) north of Santa Cruz on Highway 1.
    • Bonny Doon Beach – About a 10–15 minute drive from Santa Cruz on N. Highway 1. Across from Bonny Doon Rd. Nude beach is down the cliff – there are two sections of beach – the south end is for clothed beachgoers, and the north end, divided from the main beach by a large rock, is for nude sunbathers.
    • Santa Cruz - The beach adjacent to the Santa Cruz Seaside Co. Beach Boardwalk. All bathers regardless of gender may go topless by county ordinance.
  • Sonoma County
  • Ventura County

Colorado[edit]

  • Mountain Air Ranch[44] in Indian Hills was twice awarded the friendliest AANR club and has been the focal point for Colorado nude recreation since 1935.
  • Orvis Hot Springs,[45] a clothing-optional natural hot springs in Ridgway.
  • North end of the Boulder Reservoir, near Boulder. Note: In July 2011, the north end began experiencing a police crackdown after decades of clothing optional tradition.
  • Valley View Hot Springs and the Orient Land Trust — 2,200 acres of clothing optional recreation in the San Luis Valley. Chlorine-free swimming pool, hiking trails, soaking ponds; accommodations include tent camping sites, vehicle camp sites & cabin rentals.[46]
  • Strawberry Hot Springs (only after dark) — Steamboat Springs.
  • Dream Canyon just outside of Boulder.
  • Desert Reef Hot Spring[47] is clothing optional, east of Canon City. Note: Only couples and single females are allowed; no single males are allowed.
  • Dakota Hot Springs (formerly known as "The Well"),[48] (excluding Tuesdays) east of Canon City.
  • The "rock" just west of the Red Lion Restaurant on Boulder Canyon Drive. Look for the parking on the left as you move up the canyon after the turn off to the restaurant.

Connecticut[edit]

  • Sun Ridge Resort in Sterling about 0.5 miles (0.80 km) from the Rhode Island border and about 15 miles (24 km) from Massachusetts. The resort has 95 wooded level sites on a mountain ridge.[49]
  • Solair Family Nudist Resort in Woodstock is a family oriented nudist resort and campground, owned and operated by its members.[50]

Florida[edit]

  • Apollo Beach inside the Canaveral National Seashore near New Smyrna Beach in the Atlantic Coast of Florida.[51] The accepted clothing-optional sunbathing area starts about 14 mile (0.4 km) south of Parking area 5. Unlike Playalinda Beach (see below), this part of the national seashore is in Volusia County, which does not have an anti-nudity ordinance. Scarce parking (29 spaces) usually limits visitors to fewer than a hundred at a time. (There is another Apollo Beach in Hillsborough County, Florida that has a very small beach inside Tampa Bay and very close to the TECO electric plant. This is not a naturist beach and violators are fined.)
  • Boca Chica Beach on Boca Chica Key near Key West. There are no legal nude beaches in Key West, however, Boca Chica has been used by locals for clothing-optional use and kept it secret for years. The secluded area has some sandy beach areas but not wide. There are no facilities or anyone to clean up so visitors have to remove anything they bring. The road to the beach is near Mile marker 10 on the Overseas Highway on Big Coppitt Key, turn south on SR 941 or Boca Chica Road, driving through Geiger Key and back to Boca Chica Key. The beach is located at the end of the road, approximately 3.5 miles (5.6 km) from the highway.[52] Beyond the concrete barricade, immediately south of the culvert, the nude area begins and stretches for 2-mile (3.2 km).[53][54]
  • Caliente Tampa is a clothing-optional resort in Land O' Lakes, Florida. A membership is required to visit, but visitors can obtain daily memberships. The resort has a hotel on site with a large pool, many smaller pools, a hot tub and volleyball pools.[55]
  • Camp David near Inverness is a private 16-acre (6.5 ha), secluded clothing-optional campground catering to gay men. The camp is heavily wooded with three small lakes. Membership is required, but day passes may be purchased.[56]
  • Florida Young Naturists is a landless organization based in West Palm Beach affiliated with The Naturist Society (TNS) aimed at 18- to 30-year-olds.[57] It was formed about 2009 to attract younger people to naturism.[58]
  • Gulf Coast Resort in Hudson, Florida in Pasco County is a 10-acre (4.0 ha) RV resort north of Tampa.[59]
  • Haulover Beach, in Miami-Dade County between Bal Harbour and Sunny Isles Beach, Florida (25°54′40″N 80°07′18″W / 25.91111°N 80.12167°W / 25.91111; -80.12167), is one of the most popular nude beach in North America. Haulover Nude Beach is part of the county's Haulover Beach Park situated between the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean. This 0.4-mile (0.64 km) stretch of white sand shore, open ocean surf, various shaded picnic facilities, beautifully landscaped sand dunes, and concession stands has attracted as many as 7,000 people on a single day. The northern nude area is officially recognized as clothing-optional with official signs and is only a part of the Haulover Beach Park but attracts 66% to 85% of park visitors.
  • Key West Private Charters offers 4-hour, 6-hour, 8-hour snorkeling, scuba diving, sunset and custom power boat trips on which nudity is permitted.[60] The trip launches from the Dream Catchers boat dock at College Drive in Key West, Florida. There are other companies offering private charters that allow nudity as long as the boat is 3 miles (4.8 km) out in the sea where nudity is legal.[61][62]
  • Lake Como Family Nudist Resort[63] in Pasco County is Florida's oldest, which began operation on April 25, 1941. It is a resident-owned cooperative of 196 acres (79 ha) in a very natural setting of which 51 acres (20.6 ha) are registered as woodland and 60 acres (24.3 ha) as wetland. Six lakes are within or border the property. Non-resident memberships in the resort are available, and free tours are available for those interested.
  • Lake Linda Circle in Land O' Lakes is a fenced nudist community on Leonard Road, probably the first residential nudist mobile home park in Florida, and maybe North America.
  • Next Generation Naturists is a non-landed organization promoting the non sexual naturist lifestyle, focused to the young adult (18- to 35-year-old) demographic.[64]
  • Oasis is a 28-home nudist community with clubhouse, tropical park, a heated community pool and a tennis court. The nudist subdivision, started in 2000, is walled by a 6-foot (1.8 m) fence.[65]
  • Paradise Lakes in Pasco County is a clothing optional resort, which is famed for their "bubble parties" and water volleyball.[66]
  • Paradise Pines RV Park in Lutz is a Nudist RV park with 81 lots, a pool and clubhouse.[67]
  • Playalinda Beach in Titusville is part of Canaveral National Seashore and operated by the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge (US Fish & Wildlife Service). Nudity has long been allowed nudity and has an unofficial clothing-optional beach located at the north end of Parking lot 13 and north of dune crossover 13B. While there is no federal law restricting nude sunbathing, Brevard County passed an ordinance against nudity, but the Sheriff is not enforcing it pending a challenge to the constitutionality of the ordinance.[68]
  • Riverboat Club on Caliente Blvd. in Land O' Lakes was formed in July 1990 and has since grown into a popular vacation spot. It is a private membership club and is home to more than 25 people year round. Hundreds of Tampa Bay area naturists visit regularly and during special events. Many visitors camp out for a day, weekend, monthly or year round.[69]
  • Riviera Naturist Resort in Pace, Florida, features activities on site in a secluded part of Santa Rosa County in the Florida Panhandle.[70]
  • South Beach in Miami permits topless sunbathing, partially due to the large number of foreign tourists and immigrants that frequent the beach.
  • SunSport Gardens in Palm Beach County offers acres of beautiful natural outdoors with recreation facilities and camping.[71]
  • The Woods RV Park in Land O' Lakes is an upscale clothing-optional RV park and resort that opened in 2008 with lots for sale and for rent. It also boasts a 2,500 sq ft clubhouse and heated pool.[72]

Georgia[edit]

Hawaii[edit]

  • Donkey Beach on Kaua‘i
  • Kehena Beach (Dolphin Beach) is a black sand beach in the Puna District of the Island of Hawai‘i ("Big Island")
  • Larsen's Beach on Kaua‘i
  • Little Mākena Beach in Mākena State Park, Maui
  • Red Sand Beach near Hāna on Maui
  • Secret Beach on Kaua‘i
  • Slaughterhouse Beach in Hana Highway on Maui
  • HanginLoose Clothing-Optional Retreat & Botanical Gardens – "Big Island"

Idaho[edit]

  • Sun Meadows Resort in Worley is affiliated with TNS and AANR.[81] It was the site of the 2005 TNS Gathering.
  • Jerry Johnson's Hot Springs is located 20 miles (32 km) west of the Montana state line on US 12. Located in Clearwater National Park, the warm water pools are about a 1-mile (1.6 km) hike in and known for the clothing-optional atmosphere. Judge your option according to company present.

Illinois[edit]

  • Nude sunbathing and swimming has occurred at Illinois Beach State Park, 1.6 km (one mile) south of the park headquarters building, at the end of the beach.
  • Until 1995, nude night swimming occurred at Oak Street Beach in Chicago and other beaches on Lake Michigan,[citation needed] prior to its elimination by police patrols.
  • Blue Lake Resort is a family oriented nudist park located in Erie, Il, in the Rock River Valley of Northwestern Illinois, 30 miles (48 km) northeast of the Quad City area (Moline, Rock Island and Davenport). approximately 20 acres (8.1 ha) of sunny and shaded areas situated amid 98 acres (39.7 ha) of farm land. The camp facilities are approved by the State of Illinois each year.[82]
  • Nude Dudes Chicago is a group of 18- to 40-year-old gay men who enjoy public nudity and host events in and around the Chicago area all year round.[83]
  • Couples Playhouse Nudist Retreat, near Aurora, Illinois hosts nudists events on Wednesdays and Thursdays. They feature indoor and out pools and hot tubs. There is sand and water volleyball, as well as a huge tanning deck. A nice buffet is included. A good selection of lawn sports are provided.
  • NUD R US Family Nudist Club (NFNC) is a small Christian and homebased nudist club near Bloomington, Illinois that is open to all of good moral character.

NFNC has an indoor dipping/conversation pool and an outdoor above ground pool, a hot tub, firepit, sundeck, outdoor checkers, lounge and rental rooms and tent spaces

Indiana[edit]

  • Our Haven Nature Sanctuary[84] is located in French Lick, IN. and is a privately run clothing-optional festival ground with 175 acres of forest, trails, and great camping space that it is open to all races, genders, sexual orientations, and positive lifestyles and spiritual paths. There are designated clothing-optional areas of Our Haven that are open year-round. With only a 20 minute drive to the Casino, Restaurants, or the West Baden springs hotel there is plenty to experience. Approx. 66 miles from Louisville KY. and 126 miles from Indianapolis, IN.
  • Drakes Ridge Rustic Nudist Retreat[85] in Bennington is a rural, wooded setting in the hills of Switzerland County, midway between the three major cities of Louisville, Indianapolis, and Cincinnati, and 13 miles (21 km) north of Vevay.
  • Fern Hills Club[86] in Bloomington Fern Hills Club is in the center of about 75 acres (30.4 ha) of hardwood forest that the members enjoy by walking the trails or using their golf carts.
  • Lake O' Woods Club[87] in Valparaiso Lake O' The Woods Club is a member owned, family oriented, cooperative nudist club that was founded in 1933 and is located on 130 acres (52.6 ha) of woods and features a 20-acre (8.1 ha) lake.
  • Ponderosa Sun Club[88] in Roselawn The purpose of this club is to promote health and happiness for its members. The Ponderosa Sun Club is a family oriented nudist resort (not clothing-optional) located in rural Roselawn Indiana on about 88 acres (35.6 ha) wooded. Ponderosa Sun Club opened in 1965, the focus of the club's activities is their 65 ft (19.8 m) wide by 120 ft (36.6 m) long swimming pool with concrete sunning apron and a formal garden.
  • Sunshower Country Club[89] in Centerville Sunshower Country Club is a family nudist resort established in 1959.
  • Sunny Haven Recreation Park[90] in Granger Sunny Haven Recreation Park, located near South Bend, Indiana, has been the home to family nude recreation in northern Indiana since 1947.
  • Sunaura Resort is and adults only clothing optional camp. Overnight RV camping is available. Location has a large pool, wooded scenic trails and weekend parties at the roundhouse.

Kansas[edit]

  • Camp Gaea is a non-denominational retreat center/campground located just east of McLouth that tolerates nudity in some areas.[91]
  • Lake Edun in Topeka is affiliated with The Naturist Society.[92]
  • Prairie Haven in Scranton is a family nudist club on 30 acres (120,000 m2) affiliated with AANR and The Naturist Society.[93][94]
  • Sandy Lane Club in Hutchinson is associated with AANR.[93][95]

Louisiana[edit]

  • Indian Hills Family Nudist Park is a campground community of nudist enthusiasts in Louisiana.[96]

Maine[edit]

  • Twin Ponds Lodge is a private membership-only social club 25 minutes from Waterville. It is adult only and male only. In addition to the ponds, the resort has 75 acres of fields and woods as well as some indoor facilities and is open year round.[97]

Maryland[edit]

Massachusetts[edit]

Michigan[edit]

Public nudity is illegal in Michigan. Nudity is limited to clubs and organizations with private land. These include:

Minnesota[edit]

  • Avatan in East Bethel (affiliated with AANR)[116]
  • Oakwood Club is located 35 minutes north of Minneapolis–Saint Paul is also a private AANR affiliated landed club[117]
  • Two Creeks Campground is located 69 minutes north of Minneapolis–Saint Paul is also a clothing optional association[118]
  • Several other landless clubs operate in the northern suburbs of Minneapolis and Saint Paul.

Mississippi[edit]

Missouri[edit]

  • Cactus Canyon Campground - Located just outside of Ava, MO.. caters to the gay/bi/straight male population who enjoys nudity in the outdoors. Located on 720 private rolling acres of the Ozark Mountains.
  • Forty Acre Club,[119] nicknamed "America's Gateway Family Nudist Resort" for its proximity to the famous Gateway Arch, is a friendly, nudist (not clothing-optional) resort for couples and families located on 40 acres (16.2 ha) of Missouri woodlands approximately 45 miles (72 km) southwest of St. Louis in Lonedell, Missouri.
  • Show Me Acres[120] in Stover[93] is a family oriented nudist resort & campground nestled in over 300 acres (121 ha), wooded, in a very serene picturesque setting near Lake of the Ozarks. It is affiliated with The Naturist Society.
  • Heartland Naturists[121] is a non-landed group organized in Kansas City affiliated with The Naturist Society.

Nevada[edit]

  • Lake Tahoe's Nevada shore includes several clothing-optional beaches – the best-known is Secret Cove.[122]
  • Lake Tahoe's east shore has 8 clothing optional beaches and is still counting. These include Secret Cove, but this beach is small, but is well known across the country, Chimmney Beach, Black Sand Beach (due to the black sand from the lower bottom of Lake Tahoe), Boaters Beach, Whale Beach 1 and 2. BUT, the most popular beach and known world wide is S"ecret Creek beach, Secret Harbor Creek Beach (Washo: dawmóʔlɨm demšé:gɨl [123]) or as the locals call it, Creek Beach", next to Boaters Beach.

This amazing beach has been the pride of locals for over 30 years. North Swanson, his real name, established and founded TAN (Tahoe Area Naturist) more than 30 years ago for locals and others to enjoy a lifestyle and the freedom of nudity. Now 83, North still can be found at the beach doing what he has done for most of those incredible years... keep the beach clean and beautiful. Potluck gatherings, clean up days, and most famous -is the 3rd weekend in August when they celebrate a gathering called HAT DAY, the only thing allowed that day to be worn... More than 150 naturist show up from around the world to attend and bring food and drink to celebrate and visit with old friends keeping this way of life and living available for all who care to choose a natural way to live. Black Rock City, in the desert outside of Gerlach, hosts Burning Man where clothing is optional.

  • Blue Moon Resort in Las Vegas is a small resort hotel for gay men opened in 2003 with a clothing optional pool compound, steam room and Jacuzzi Grotto.[124][125]

New Hampshire[edit]

  • Cedar Waters Village in Nottingham, NH has operated since 1950. It claims to be the Northeast's largest private nudist park having a 20-acre (8.1 ha) lake surrounded by over 350 acres (140 ha) of heavily wooded, private land with secluded roads and hiking trails. It is a family and traditional couples only park, and specifically not affiliated with any naturist group.[126]

New Jersey[edit]

  • Rock Lodge Club is a family-oriented nudist club on 145 acres of privately owned land in the Highlands forests of New Jersey, about 40 miles from Manhattan, New York.
  • Gunnison Beach in Sandy Hook, New Jersey, a part of the National Park Service's multi-state Gateway National Recreation Area, is a clothing-optional beach by custom and is the largest such beach in the Northeastern United States (there are several other public beaches on Sandy Hook where nudity is not tolerated). In 1999, New Jersey passed a law a bill that prohibits all types of nudism on state or municipal beaches, making Gunnison Beach the only legal nude beach in the state, since it is on federal land not subject to state or municipal regulations.[127] Gunnison Beach offers dramatic views of Brooklyn and the Verrazano Narrows Bridge and is officially recognized as clothing-optional with permanent park signs and full lifeguard and police protection. It is the largest clothing-optional beach on the Atlantic coast of the US, and draws more than 5,000 visitors per day on most sunny summer weekends.
  • Sunset Beach on the west, bay side of Cape May. This is not a sanctioned nudist area (see previous), but nudity is commonplace here nevertheless.
  • Sky Farm Club[128] is a private cooperative in central New Jersey. Situated on 35 acres (14.2 ha) in Somerset County, Sky Farm has promoted family nudism since 1932.
  • Goodland Country Club[129] is a nudist club in Hackettstown.

New Mexico[edit]

  • Ten Thousand Waves,[130] Santa Fe, New Mexico. A family-friendly Japanese style mountain spa resort offering clothing optional hot tubs, saunas, cold plunges, and suntanning decks.
  • Faywood Hot Springs,[131] located north of Deming, is a camping resort with both clothing and clothing optional pools. RV, camping and cabin accommodations are offered for overnight guests.

New York[edit]

  • Young Naturists & Nudists America is a non-landed organization promoting the non sexual naturist lifestyle, focused to the young adult (21- to 35-year-old) demographic.
  • Lighthouse Beach, Fire Island National Seashore, NY, a part of the National Park Service is just east of Robert Moses State Park on the barrier island known as Fire Island separated from the main part of Long Island with the Great South Bay between them. Officially recognized with signage, this beach was used by naturists since the 1950s. In February 2013, the Fire Island National Seashore announced its plans to being enforcing New York State's anti-nudity laws on Fire Island.[132]
  • Empire Haven in Moravia, NY.[133]
  • Full Tan Sun Club in Sprakers, NY.[134]
  • Juniper Woods in Catskill, NY.[135]
  • Bonita Nudist Retreat in Candor, NY.[136] Formerly known as Buckridge Nudist Park.
  • Steph's Pond Nudist Retreat in Williamson, NY.[137]
  • Cherry Grove Beach in Cherry Grove, NY on Fire Island.[138] This is a largely gay oriented beach.
  • Alice Falls, Keeseville, NY Family friendly nude sunbathing.
  • Potters Falls in Ithaca, NY.[139] While nudity is fairly common in Ithaca NY due to the laid back political environment, Potters Falls is the best-known skinny-dipping spot. And while's it's well-known, many people confuse where it actually is. When the Naturists have their annual North East festival (usually held at Empire Haven, see above) the first Wednesday of the festival traditionally features an excursion to Potters Falls.

Note: Due to a 1992 Court of Appeals ruling (People v. Santorelli et al.) women may be topless anywhere in the state of New York that permits topless men, e.g. on city streets.

North Carolina[edit]

Bird Island is located at the southernmost area of the coast near Little River Inlet jetty. It is rumored to have enough privacy to allow for nudity. Keep in mind, though, this region is only known for its privacy and not legally as an area designate for public nudity. When it was a privately owned area, it was rumored that nudists would not have to fear persecution by state law. Bird Island, currently being state owned property, though, now falls under North Carolina law. Public nudity is considered indecent exposure in North Carolina under * § 14-190.9 which states that

"(a) Unless the conduct is punishable under subsection (a1) of this section, any person who shall willfully expose the private parts of his or her person in any public place and in the presence of any other person or persons, except for those places designated for a public purpose where the same sex exposure is incidental to a permitted activity, or aids or abets in any such act, or who procures another to perform such act; or any person, who as owner, manager, lessee, director, promoter or agent, or in any other capacity knowingly hires, leases or permits the land, building, or premises of which he is owner, lessee or tenant, or over which he has control, to be used for purposes of any such act, shall be guilty of a Class 2 misdemeanor."[140]

Whispering Pines Nudist Resort is located in close proximity to Bird Island, NC in Ocean Isle Beach. Whispering Pines is privately owned property with facilities located on a 35 acre park which includes a one acre pond, swimming pool, hot tub, and a 30' by 100' heated and air conditioned clubhouse which is open year round. Park accommodations also feature the option to rent an RV which sleeps sleep two to six people. RV's include a living room, full kitchen, dining area, two bedrooms, shower and sun deck. They also offer RV spaces with hook ups and tent campsites both with or without electricity. Fees are listed on their website. A membership to the AANR or annual membership, offer discounted fees.

Near Reidsville, NC is another privately owned colony known as The Bar-S-Ranch. The Bar-S-Ranch is a cattle ranch which was converted by its original owners decades ago to a naturism retreat. It is a private, club with a large lake and clubhouse and other amenities and activities which are frequently updated on the ranch's website. Owners require a 'trial membership' for first time visitors, and even offers a few encouraging words about common hesitations on the left panel of their site. Like Whispering Pines, The Bar-S-Ranch offers tent and RV hookups as well as discounts for AANR members as well as a ranch membership and the option to rent a single lot annually. Tent and RV electrical hookups require a reservation be made, and prospective members must have a valid Discover, MasterCard or Visa to provide a security deposit on the gate key card.

Ohio[edit]

Oklahoma[edit]

  • Oaklake Trails in Depew, Oklahoma. Oaklake Trails is a clothing-optional family nudist resort located between Tulsa and Oklahoma City near the town of Depew, Oklahoma. At over 400 acres (161.9 ha), Oaklake is one of the largest land-area nudist resorts in the United States. Amenities include hiking trails, a fully furnished clubhouse with community kitchen, outdoor pool, dozens of RV hookups with 30 or 50 amp electric and water, acres of space for tent camping (some areas with electric hookups), rentable tents, and a rentable cabin suite.[144]
  • Nature's Hideaway Nudist Resort in Osage, Oklahoma. If you're seeking a blend of Mother Nature's best offerings, old-fashioned hospitality, in a quiet secluded place with the opportunity to get right next to nature, look no further. Nestled near Keystone Lake about thirty-five minutes West of Tulsa, Oklahoma is a truly unique Nudist resort waiting for your discovery. Located on thirty three picturesque acres in the beautiful Osage hill country near Walnut Creek State Park is "Nature's Hideaway Nudist Resort".

Oregon[edit]

Pennsylvania[edit]

Rhode Island[edit]

  • Dyer Woods Nudist Campground in Foster in the western part of the state. It is a family oriented nudist campground, rather than clothing optional.[154]
  • Nudity is tolerated on Black Rock Beach on Block Island.[155]

South Carolina[edit]

Naturists on a nude beach

Tennessee[edit]

Texas[edit]

Galveston between pleasure pier and the 33rd street jetty

Utah[edit]

  • Topless sunbathing is allowed at the far west end of the Flight Park State Recreation Area in Draper. Map to Park[citation needed]

taken at Lake Powell b

Vermont[edit]

Vermont state law prohibits disrobing in public but does not prohibit public nudity, so nudity is allowed anywhere that it has not been specifically prohibited by a city or town. The city of Burlington, for example, has prohibited nudity in public parks, but nudity is allowed anywhere else in the city.[158] Specific locations at which individuals practice social nudity include:

  • Abbotts Glen[159] in Halifax.
  • Coventry Club and Resort[160] Coventry Club & Resort is a family oriented nudist resort in Milton.
  • The Ledges, on the Harriman Reservoir in Wilmington.[161][162]
  • The West River in Dummerston, Vermont has several good private spots for nude sun bathing and swimming. Particularly, the Sugar Hill beach just north of Maple Valley Ski area (now closed)is a great spot. Although it is good to ask before disrobing, first, if clothed people are present, as a curiosity.
  • Red Rocks Park in South Burlington.[163]
  • Starr Farm Beach in Burlington.[164]
  • Knight Island, an island in Lake Champlain just off of St. Albans.[165]
  • The Southwest Cove at Lake Willoughby in the town of Westmore is a traditionally clothing-optional beach area located on state land. The Westmore selectboard has declined to enact any anti-nudity ordinance. At the annual town meeting in 2009, residents voted against an appropriation that would have enabled enforcement of any proposed anti-nudity ordinance. Thus, the beach remains clothing-optional.
  • Maple Glen in Sheldon Springs, Vermont. This family oriented nudist camp is closed since May 2010 due to water quality issues.[166] In April 2010 the camp applied for an Act 250 permit to approve already existing buildings on the property.[167]
  • The Punchbowl on the Mad River between the intersection of VT Rt17 and Warren, VT is a privately owned nude swimming hole, open to anyone. It's on the west side of Route 100, and you need to walk through a short field before encountering signs explaining that there is public nudity, and explaining the guidelines for swimming there. It's mostly just common courtesy, and there is usually a wide array of swimmers, from single men and women to entire families. There are a couple small waterfalls, a couple deep pools, and a small slide to slide down during moderate to high water periods. The water is cool, crystal clear and very refreshing. Swimmers should plan to swim nude, since visitors that swim there in a bathing suit tend to be looked at with some suspicion that they are only there to 'observe' the other nude swimmers.

Virginia[edit]

Washington[edit]

  • Seattle

Seattle is known for its nude cyclists, clothing-optional activity in Seattle goes back much farther with nude and top-free use of areas of Magnuson Park, Washington Park Arboretum, Discovery Park, Denny-Blaine Park and Secret Beach (a name given to a park that local users wish to keep a secret). Parks spokeswoman Dewey Potter said the parks department does not consider simply being naked illegal, and she doesn't remember any complaints during the 13 years she's worked for the city about nudity in the parks.

While there is nothing in the Seattle Municipal Code about nudity and expectations of behavior, Washington State does have a law protecting against obscene behavior while being fully or partially naked. The act of breastfeeding or expressing breast milk is not indecent exposure.

West Virginia[edit]

  • Avalon Resort is a 140-acre (57 ha) clothing-optional resort on a mountainside in the panhandle of West Virginia in Paw Paw.[174]

Wisconsin[edit]

United States Virgin Islands[edit]

  • Little Magen's Bay Beach
  • St. John's Salomon Beach can be clothing optional in spite of "No Nudity" postings.

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