Nude Hiking and Naked Skinny Dipping in Southern New York

| June 23, 2015 | 20 Comments

Celebrating Summer Solstice With Nude Hiking and Naked Swimming

Nude Hiking Trip in New York – Yesterday we went on our first nudie hike of the summer, just a day after the Summer Solstice. It was hosted and led by our naked yoga instructor friend Beth Nolan.

While the weekend had some gloomy skies, Monday turned out to be a gorgeous, hot summer day. Perfect weather for our day trip into the Ramapo Mountains (Harriman State Park).

We all met up late morning. I took the Gear To Go Outfitters’ “Trail Taxi” van with 7 other people, from NYC to the meeting point at a Lake Sebago parking lot.

A few people had been asking me how many people were going, but I didn’t have an official hike sign-up. While I thought there’d be more people than last time, I was pleasantly surprised to see a group of about 40 people at the lot!

A few late-comers trickled in and then we headed off to the trail. It was a large group to keep together, but the hike in went by quickly. Once we were far enough away from “civilization,” some removed a few or all of their garments to hike nude.

Felicity Jones of YNA Enjoys Some Nude Hiking

nude hiking!

We only encountered a handful of other people throughout the day, which is typical for a weekday. Other hikers or campers are usually fine with our lack of clothing, if not a little bewildered. However we are always ready to quickly cover up on the trail to avoid causing alarm. Since it is legal for men and women to hike topfree in NYS, we just had to make sure to have a towel or something handy in case we needed to cover up below the waist. The funny thing was that this time, every time we spotted other hikers and covered up, it turned out to be other fellow free hikers or people who there looking to meet up with us!

After maybe 45 minutes of hiking, we reached our first skinny dipping spot. The water was calm and refreshing. To get in you have to maneuver carefully down some slippery rocks. Some went in up to their waist and others immediately swam out further into deeper waters.

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Skinny dipping during the first naked hike rest stop

We only stopped for a short 10 minute rest, and then it was time to get to our final destination at the other lake. It is possible to camp around here, and a family of three (two adults, one child) were spotted doing just that from the trail. They didn’t seem to be bothered by us one bit.

Upon reaching our hang-out spot, we saw a couple fishing. I didn’t talk to them myself, but someone else did and they seemed cool with the nudie group invasion. Proper etiquette in these situations is to approach the people who were there first and ask if they’re okay with people skinny dipping. This is what we did when skinny dipping around Ithaca, too, and happily for us, nobody complained.

The afternoon sun was beating down. Luckily, the cold lake and strong breeze coming off the water helped keep us cool. People sprawled out their towels on the grass or rocks and lounged while periodically taking dips in the lake. So passed a pleasant, relaxing afternoon in nature.

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Me in the lake at our final nude hike skinny dipping spot

On our last hike two years ago, the mountains were covered in Mount Laurel flowers in bloom with a brood of cicadas buzzing around. This year, however, they were already gone (and it could be another 17 years before a new brood of cicadas comes out!). The forest was much greener. You could still spot bright yellow mushrooms and wildflowers if you looked for them. Many butterflies fluttered by, and mosquitoes or insects were not a problem. One person found a tick on them, but I don’t think anyone else did.

Around 3:00 pm, most of us packed up and headed back down the mountain. A few decided to stay behind to enjoy the sun and water a little longer. As we hiked back, a timber rattlesnake was spotted on the trail, but he slithered off into the brush before I could see him… The snakes there scare off pretty easily!

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(Not Yet) Naked Hiking along the flatter part of the trail

Back at the lot we said our goodbyes to both old and new friends. We climbed back into the van for the ride back to the city and so ended another beautiful day of nude hiking and skinny dipping in southern New York!

We don’t have another hike scheduled at this time, but for those who’d be interested, Gear To Go has some guided skinny dipping hikes on their calendar. They’re going to a swimming hole in the Catskills on July 12 and August 16. (I may join the August trip, but not sure yet.)

Much love to my fellow hikers reading this and hope we get to meet again!

This review of the YNA nude hiking and naked swim day trip was published by – Young Naturists & Nudists America

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Author of Felicity's Blog. Co-founder of Young Naturists America. 3rd-generation nudie. Avid reader. Feminist. 70% vegan, 30% vegetarian. When I'm not busy eating, I'm writing about naturism, censorship, topfree equality, body image and other fun topics. I like feedback, so plz leave a comment when you've got something to say!
  • willintopleze

    Hey ruthieg,my husband and I go to srr every year.
    This year we’re going on the last weekend in July.
    We also go to nudist beaches, love sandy hook.

  • Hey, Felicity, looks like you had a great time! Wish I could do a nude hike someday! I have only be nude at the beach and at resorts (and on rare occasion, hiding in the woods). Permit me to say, also, that it’s really great to see yours pics. It’s unfortunate that so few bloggers are willing to show who they are and what they believe in. I think it sends the wrong message that we are somehow ashamed of nudism (or being nudies, as you like to say)! As someone who has struggled with confidence, you continue to inspire me. If we had more like you, this world would be a better, and freer, place!

  • SalvatoreMonella by eating 70% vegan food.

  • mfhy2k
  • SalvatoreMonella

    mfhy2k How about a map link?

  • SalvatoreMonella

    How can one be 70% Vegan?

  • ruthiegOne Hey, yeah sorry we didn’t get a chance to really meet and chat! Hope to see you on another nudie hike. :)

  • SamJenkins1

    Looks like wonderful fun times.

  • mfhy2k

    you should check out Skinny Dip Falls in Western New York.

  • libertarian5150

    lpn brooklynkayak We have a lot of Western Diamondback Rattlesnakes here. It’s worth the $200 for 18″ high snakeproof boots. A rattler will nearly always strike out, not up, so it’s effective on even an eight foot snake. I like Danner, as I use the USMC Desert Rat boots for hiking, and they’re a breeze to break in. The snake boots are, too. Check ’em out if you see fit. :-)


  • ruthiegOne

    Hey Felicity ~
    We did have a great number of hikers on a most spectular day. I am very sociable but  didn’t have the pleasure of meeting you. I’d definately like to do this again and might join the Gear to Go Outfitters on a hike.Anyone may contact me if they want to go hiking again.

  • scubyw

    Great. I wish it was summer here. Etiquette is important as you mentioned. What would expect the etiquette to be if that (part of) the place/beach was first occupied by nudies and a number of non-nudes come along and make noises for the nudies to cover up, rather than asking if it is OK for them to also use that part/beach without going nude?

  • TheNaturistPage Yes, and they seemed to have a good time :)

  • MarkRunNJ

    I had a great time on the hike. The YNA web site cautioned that nude hiking
    may not be in the cards so I was delighted when it turned out that majority of
    hikers disrobed for the walk. There were a few seasoned hikers with us who
    experienced social nudism for the first time ever. Some groups headed back
    earlier at 1pm, 2pm, me with the 3pm group then the 4pm group which I assume
    included those who don’t have the opportunity to enjoy outdoor nudist events
    very often so they stayed to take in as much as they could. I’m just glad the
    rattlesnake yielded to us on our way out.

  • brooklynkayak

    What a blast and what a surprise to have such a large group. 
    The rattlesnake tended to stay near the trail for a long time. Several of us saw it up close even though we left at different times.

    I have found that the Timber Rattlesnakes in the area are not aggressive and in fact don’t seem to  be too afraid of people.  The do rattle, but do not coil up, which is what they do when threatened.

  • Jo in Sydney

    Cannot help commenting that I KNOW that Michael makes the best of his opportunities to skinny-dip but YES has to go through quite some effort!!

  • Sounds like a great day! Were their any new fokes to naturism that came along? What was their first time experience like for them?

  • candywhiters

    So wish I could have joined you guys, would have been so much fun :-)

  • BattleTrek47

    This was my first naked excursion in the outdoors and I loved every minute of it!

  • MichaelConnolly

    So wish I was there!… I miss skinny dipping! LOL

    We just had our Winter solstice the other day and seeing your pictures makes me so jealous! :(