Nude Hiking of the Naturist Living Show

| January 7, 2015 | 4 Comments

Nude Hiking Interview with Richard Foley and Info on Nude Hiking in the U.S.

Here is one of three episodes Stephane published last month for the Naturist Living Show. Normally he publishes an episode each month, but he fell behind over the summer months.

Episode 73 is all about nude hiking. Stéphane interviewed Richard Foley, founder of the Naktiv Nook nudist social network and author of the book, Naked Hiking. The book is a compilation of essays from various naturists and nude hikers, including Mark Storey and Steven Gough.

Foley lives in Germany and has been hiking naked for the last 10 years. Germany is where the naturist movement started, and it’s still one of the most nude-friendly countries in the world. So it should come as no surprise that Foley and his friends almost never run into trouble while hiking naked in the wilderness. He says that encounters with clothed hikers are usually positive.

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For others interested in free hiking, as it’s often called, Foley also offers some common-sense advice addressing issues like chafing and bra support. For one thing, it would be unwise to attempt hiking completely naked with no shoes or socks, unless you’re an experienced barefooter. Of course other accessories are useful, such as a hat and sunglasses.

Since we don’t have an article specifically about nude hiking in the U.S., I thought I’d give a short overview with a few recommended places and tips. Here in the U.S., our free hiking activities are more inhibited by nudity laws. But there are places and states where it’s legal, such as Vermont.

You can legally hike naked and skinny dip in the wilderness of Vermont. And I mean wilderness. Strolling naked through a town or location with crowds of dressed people is not recommended and may have legal repercussions. At Vermont’s most well-known skinny dipping spot, The Ledges, a small part of the trail is designated for nude hiking with signs. However for longer hikes in VT, it’s better to seek out more secluded wilderness elsewhere. At the Ledges, please respect the designated clothing-optional area and don’t walk around naked outside of its borders.

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The sign at The Ledges hiking trail indicating the start of the official nude area.

California is another state with gorgeous national parks that permit free hiking, such as Angeles National Forest. Our YNA Southern California group has done many nude hiking trips to Deep Creek Hot Springs, which is clothing-optional. (Note that public nudity is not legal in all of California, just in certain parks and recreation areas.)

There are a few other places where it’s legal, but trails are limited. Many nudist resorts and clubs have hiking trails on their property. Most are flat or not very strenuous and take 20 – 60 minutes to complete. At some clubs, it’s just a nice walk through nature, more so than a “hike” per se.

The Mohonk Preserve in New Paltz, NY, has a short trail where you can hike naked before you reach their sanctioned skinny dipping area.

Other than that, you’re left with going out into the woods in places where park rangers won’t find you. Believe it or not, this is how many people try out and enjoy naturism for the first time. It’s often free or cheap to go into the woods or into a recreational park, you can connect with nature as nature intended, even go camping or skinny dipping at the same time, and there are no hassles to get in.

For those who don’t live near a club or beach, this can be their only option for going naked in the outdoors. There are many isolated areas of forest in northern states where it’s unlikely that you’ll see any other human beings at all. It doesn’t really matter if you’re naked when there’s no one else around to care. The animals certainly don’t. ;)

Even when you do encounter other people while hiking, you may be surprised to find that many people don’t care that you’re naked. But it’s still a good idea to bring some sort of cover-up just in case, even if you’re only hiking on nudist resort property. You don’t want to be one of those nudies who gets lost, wanders off the property and ends up in someone’s backyard without a stitch of clothing!

If you get caught hiking naked where it’s illegal, please note that there can be serious repercussions beyond just paying a fine. In some states, you can go to jail and be charged as a sex offender. Take precautions and read up on local nudity laws before you venture out Naked and Afraid style.

Hear the full interview with Foley on the podcast and see relevant links below. In addition to nude hiking, Stéphane also briefly talks about an old movie clip from a nudist beauty pageant (something we will discuss further in an upcoming post). In my segment, we talk about AANR and Bill Schroer.

Show links:

Or stream the episode via the Naturist Living Show website.

Readers, what’s your experience with naked hiking? Do you know of other places where it’s legal in the U.S.? Please share in the comments!

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