Nude Swimming at Potter’s Falls Ithaca Upstate New York

Nude Swimming at the Breathtaking Potter’s Falls, Ithaca

Guest Blog by: Steve & Susanne, leaders of YNA Upstate NY

Discover Ithaca’s beautiful Nude Swimming Hole – Potter’s Falls

Potter’s Falls! Like us, you may have heard a lot about Potter’s Falls in Ithaca New York. It is part of the heavily wooded Six Mile Creek stream and reservoir system which provide water for the city of Ithaca. Since Potter’s Falls seems to get so much attention, YNA Upstate NY decided to see just how nudist-friendly Potter’s Falls really is. So, this past summer we made a total of three afternoon visits.

Before getting into the fun stuff, I would like to start with a few disclaimers. Technically, swimming in Six Mile Creek is prohibited. However that does not seem to stop the thousands of people who do it every year, all summer long in many locations up and down Six Mile Creek, beginning at Wild Flower Park on Giles Street, in the city of Ithaca. In terms of nudity, with the exception of top-freedom which is legal in New York, it is prohibited as described by public law.

As far as law enforcement, within the Six Mile Creek preserve, the authorities seem most concerned with dangerous jumping that goes on a ½ mile or so downstream of Potter’s Falls at a place known as the Upper Falls Reservoir. This location, not to be confused with Potter’s Falls, is characterized by a very large concrete dam which impounds a small lake. This is a hot spot for high school and college kids who jump off the high rocky cliffs behind the dam.

This dangerous and prohibited activity is the subject of frequent patrolling by local authorities, as it has resulted in some very serious accidents.

In terms of locating Potter’s Falls, it is about an hour hike upstream of the parking area at Wild Flower Park on Giles Street, in Ithaca. At some spots along the way, the hike is rigorous with some steep hills to climb. For a much shorter hike, you can park upstream of Wild Flower Park along NYS RT 79 and hike in from the highway. For more details and maps of the area you can find a lot of information online.

Now, let’s get on with the fun stuff. First of all, Potter’s Falls is truly stunning in terms of natural beauty. It cascades into a gorgeous pool of refreshingly cool water which presents an almost irresistible invitation for nude swimming. The pool is quite deep near the falls, and broadens out to a wide, shallow area downstream a bit. The stream-bed both above and below the falls, is surrounded by rocky ledges.

A word of caution – there are a lot of submerged boulders in the deep pool area below the falls. We cringed at some of the careless diving and jumping we witnessed. On the positive side, there are plenty of very large, flat ledges and boulders all around which are ideal for nude sunbathing. Some present a bold setting, and others offer more secluded locations to stretch out with greater privacy.

Nude Swimmers at Potter's Falls

Nude Swimmers at Potter’s Falls

One of the most exciting things about Potter’s Falls is the stream just above the actual falls. It cuts through a narrow canyon complete with natural conversation pools carved into the stream channel bedrock. If the water level is high, these can be submerged.

However, under drier conditions, these natural conversation pools present an incredible opportunity for soaking in the romantic shadows of a natural cavern of stone under an emerald archway of deep forest. Rays of light penetrate through the lofty vegetation like the shafts of spears, and glitter on the flowing waters. You can just imagine how this must have been a coveted destination for Native Americans in eons long past.

As far as fellow young aturists, we saw them on every visit. However, the number of textiles present was always far greater (except when Northeast Naturist Festival visits!); a little disappointing considering the nudist reputation of Potter’s Falls.

Most importantly however, was that the textiles we encountered were friendly and seemed at ease with nudity. As far as rangers patrolling, we did not encounter any during our three visits. We have heard varying reports from fellow naturists indicating that on occasion warnings and directives to get clothed have been made. Generally, Ithaca is a pretty diverse and tolerant community.

A strong suggestion I would like to make is that hiking into Potter’s Falls, along Six Mile Creek’s beautiful, naturally secluded trails, is one of the most ideal locations you can ever imagine for naturist women to be totally adventurous and take full advantage of topfree equal rights! We can hardly think of a better way to show occasional textiles you may meet along the way a wholesome example of non-sexual nudity.Especially because it is 100% legal in New York – you just need to take hold of your freedom!

Of course you may feel most confident if you get a small group together to enjoy this awesome possibility and demonstrate topfreedom even more effectively!

We at YNA Upstate New York would like to conclude this story with an open invitation to any YNA’ers to join us on a field trip to Potter’s Falls this summer – especially YNA ladies eager to assert some New York State topfreedom on the hike to get there! If you are interested in being part of such an adventure please contact us at We will organize an outing for any size group large or small to join us. We’ll even arrange to have a BBQ afterwards!

This article about Nude Swimming at Potters Fall’s was published by – Young Naturists & Nudists America

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We are Steve and Susanne, leaders of the YNA Upstate New York Chapter. We enjoy the freedom, relaxation, and healing power of naturism, and are interested in sharing our experiences with others. Please visit our Facebook page to get acquainted or join in any of our activities.
  • Christopher Judson

    Looks beautiful but too far away :/

  • Wayne Brake

    Looks like a little slice of heaven…