Review of Dyer Woods Nudist Campground in Foster, Rhode Island
Guest blog by: Joe A.
Since the first time I visited, Dyer Woods felt like a home away from home, unlike any nudist camp I had visited before. From the beginning it was clear that this place was different, being centered around nature and community. Once you start going there you become family.
Arriving at Dyer Woods, the first thing I noticed was the lack of a tall privacy fence. A small natural rise in the land is all that provides privacy from the country road of farms and small houses where it is located. This place is not trying to hide, having the word “nudist” clearly in its name. There is no guessing that this is somewhere truly open to nature. The entrance path is flanked by corn and hay fields that are part of the property and tended by a local farmer. It is a place that is about the land, 200 acres of woods and fields, much of it a nature sanctuary, and all of it a sanctuary where nudity is simply normal.
The center of life at the camp is the nature pond. Unlike many camps, there is no pool, but this is actually a positive. Instead of an island of concrete, the pond is centered in a grass field surrounded by tall pines. It is spring fed, and also filtered and clear, and a joy to swim in, or to sun on its banks.
To one side sits a red building with a wood fired sauna, a water slide, diving board, and hot tub. To the other there is a snack bar which also serves as an office for registering guests. Just beyond that are many picnic tables which host a lunchtime grill and various pot lucks and other events. And not too far off is a sand volleyball court.
There is also a large clubhouse with a wood burning stove for the winter, and a pool table. And of course a bathhouse with showers and restrooms, including outdoor showers of course.
Venturing out beyond the pond are several camp sites, rentals, and RV hookups along winding trails, both available for day or seasonal rental. One trail leads to the fishpond, a home to many frogs, and then on an apple and pear orchard. Another trail leads up the hill to a field in the middle of the woods, also tended by the same farmer. Yet another leads into the nature preserve which has the largest pond surrounded by rock formations, and a trail that rings it.
Several other trails interconnect and lead to old stone foundations and even an old cemetery. By the large pond there are benches to sit, rest, and take in the beauty around you. Maps of the network of trails are available when checking in, or at a small box at the entrance to the main trail to the nature pond. All of this is on the property, and able to be enjoyed nude without worry.
While the beauty of and commitment to nature at Dyer Woods sets it apart, the same extends to its warm friendly community of seasonable site holders, day members, and regulars. The center of activity is around the snack bar, where you can hang out by the porch, chat, and quickly make new friends. On weekends there are potluck dinners in the early evening, and fire pits into the night. Throughout the year there are many events and special dinners to bring people together. Everyone is so warm and welcoming and willing to extend a hello.
Just recently Dyer Woods became a member operated club. It had suffered through several years of decline from its heyday, but is coming back strong, with a membership clearly committed to preserving and improving what makes this place so special. Dyer Woods is now in its 51st year, and looking to grow its community.
It is for all these reasons that I now call Dyer Woods my home away from home. This season I have a trailer there, and am leasing a site for the first time. It is something I had thought of doing for a while, but I waited till now, because I have finally found the place I want to be a part of. Having such a beautiful sanctuary where I can be naked for several days among good people is a pure joy. It is my home away from home.
You can experience this great club with a group of like-minded friends at the upcoming Young Naturist Weekend July 2 – 4th! There is a whole weekend of activities planned including yoga, slip n slide, nature hikes, a BOUNCE HOUSE, fireworks show and more. Register now at http://dyerwoods.eventbrite.com.
Learn more about Dyer Woods at dyerwoodscampground.com.