Review of The Woods Campground in Pennsylvania
Review of The Woods Campground & Clothing-Optional Resort
Guest blog by: Bill Nesc
Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania is arguably the nudist resort capital of the northeast. There are 3 nudist resorts within a 10-mile area. Almost everyone has heard of Sunny Rest, one of the largest nudist resorts on the east coast outside of Florida. There is Beechwood Lodge, a small rustic AANR camp with an indoor pool and several hot tubs. The third one is a large resort that few people have heard of called The Woods Campground.
The Woods is an adults-only (age 18+), primarily gay and lesbian, but straight-friendly clothing optional park on 100 acres of land. It’s located about a mile passed Beltsville State Park on a dirt road. From what I have been told about 2/3 of the clientele are LGBT and 1/3 are straight. Everyone seems to interact well with one another.
On Labor Day weekend, I decided to visit The Woods with 2 other straight male friends. One you enter The Woods, you go and register in the clubhouse. Their clubhouse looks like a mini general store with food, hardware and camping supplies. It’s very well equipped.
It is not uncommon for The Woods to have 500 to 600 visitors on a Saturday or Sunday. Naturally there are far less people during the week.
Rates are very reasonable for the amenities and work a bit differently than at most nudist resorts. If you’re a new, a day pass is just $15 for your first couple visits. After that you pay $25 per day, plus an annual membership fee, which was $25 per person this past season.
The Woods has quite the amenities. There is a nice size pool with a hot tub next to it below the clubhouse. Overlooking the pool is a cafe with indoor and outdoor deck seating. The cafe is only open on the weekends and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The pool is clothing optional and not everyone is naked in or around the pool, unlike at most nudist resorts. It was about a 50/50 split between the nudists and the “textiles.”
Like Sunny Rest, there are active sand volleyball courts with plenty of volleyball games going on through the day.
If you walk below the pool and down a hill, you will see a small lake. Here you can take out paddle boats, canoes, etc. There are trails around the lake.
We just spent the day there and didn’t stay for the nighttime activities so I can’t comment on that. (They do have a dance club with DJ’s playing music at night.)
If you are ever in the Leighton/Jim Thorpe area and want to visit a clothing optional place that is a little different, with a very diverse clientele, I recommend visiting The Woods Campground.
For more information visit their website at www.thewoodscampground.com.