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YNA Day Trip to the Mohonk Preserve Nude Section

August 27 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

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YNA Meetup At The Mohonk Preserve Nude Section in New Paltz, NY

On Sunday, August 27, YNA will return to the Mohonk Preserve for a day of skinny dipping and nude sunbathing in their clothing-optional section!

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View of part of the Mohonk Preserve nude section

The Mohonk Preserve is a privately owned park in New Paltz, NY that offers hiking, biking, climbing and other activities in nature. It has one clothing-optional section along a stream called Coxing Kill. It’s been around for many years and is legal and designated by the Preserve (though they choose not to mention or promote it on their website). It’s not difficult to find, and they mark the area with signs (see more below).

The water is very cold, but there is plenty of sun (and shade). It also doesn’t go deep enough to swim in this area, and the water level will be lower at this point in the summer. But there are different shallow pools to dip in and even little waterfalls to enjoy.

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Skinny dipping at the Mohonk Preserve

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Lovely waterfall in the Mohonk Preserve nude section

WHEN and WHERE: We will meet on Sunday, August 27th at 9am at the Park & Ride commuter parking lot located just off exit 18 to New Paltz on Rt 299 (see directions below!). We’ll condense cars and then head to the Preserve.

Once we reach the c/o area, we’ll hang out for a couple of hours and then hike back out in the afternoon. (People can leave earlier or join us later – but please note the info below about parking.)

HIKING LEVEL: This is an easy short hike (about 30 minutes), and it’s pretty flat. Sneakers are the recommended footwear. It’s a wet environment with logs and planks that cross along the trail and stream.

We will start on this group hike from West Trapps Trailhead. If you need a shorter, even easier route, you can park at Coxing Trailhead and get to it from there. (10 minute hike. See directions below.)

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Hiking to the nude section at the Mohonk Preserve.

COST: The park charges a day use fee of $15 per person. There is no additional YNA fee, however we ask all attendees to become a member of YNA! This supports our organization and helps us to keep organizing events like this one.

REGISTRATION: Please RSVP for this trip by using the form below! This allows us to keep count of the group and to contact you about any changes to our plans. Or you can RSVP by emailing us at ynaevents [at[ gmail [dot} com.

WHAT TO BRING: Towel, sunscreen, lunch and beverages, bug repellent. No trash cans, so what you carry in, you carry out. This area is mostly bedrock, so if that will be uncomfortable for you then you may also want to bring a soft mat or beach chair.


The Mohonk Preserve is about a 1 hour 45 minute drive from NYC.

We will meet at the Park & Ride commuter lot off Rt 299, exit 18 to New Paltz. It’s on the left-hand side just after the toll booth. From here it’s about a 15-20 minute drive to Mohonk. The plan is to carpool and condense cars here so that there’s enough parking space for everyone at Mohonk! Parking here is free.

At Mohonk, we will park at the West Trapps Trailhead lot. (See below for directions to both trailheads.)

Getting to the c/o section: From the parking lot, we will take a trail towards Coxing Kill and eventually pass by a popular (clothes-required) swimming area known as “Split Rock.” Then we will follow the trail along the water until we reach the c/o section. You will see a sign on a tree like the one below marking the start of this section. This starting point won’t be marked on their maps, but there are free trail maps available at the MP Visitor’s Center (or for purchase online) that will show you where Coxing Kill / Split Rock is.

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The sign on the trail that marks the beginning of the clothing optional section at Mohonk

As stated above we will park at West Trapps, but directions to each parking lot are posted below (pulled from the MP website). Here is also a basic map showing where the trailheads are.

  • Directions to West Trapps Trailhead: Take the New Paltz exit 18 off of the NYS Thruway. Go 7 miles west (through New Paltz) on Route 299 to the end: make right on Route 44-55. The Preserve Visitor Center will be 1/2 mile on your right. Go 1.3 miles past the Visitor Center, and turn right into parking area.
  • Directions to Coxing Trailhead: Take the New Paltz exit 18 off of the NYS Thruway. Go 7 miles west (through New Paltz) on Route 299 to the end: make right on Route 44-55. The Preserve Visitor Center will be 1/2 mile on your right. Go 1.5 miles past the Visitor Center, turn right onto Clove Road, and then bear right at fork. After 1 mile, turn left into parking area.

CARPOOLING & TRANSPORTATION: There is currently no public transportation that will get you to the Preserve. We will do our best to arrange carpooling, which will also help with the limited parking! If you need a ride or can offer a ride, please let us know using the registration form above or email us at ynaevents [ at[ gmail {dot{ com.

Young Naturists & Nudists America


August 27
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Mohonk Preserve
New Paltz, NY United States + Google Map


Young Naturists & Nudists America
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