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DELAWARE      MAP     [ ↑ ]

PLACES TO STAY—GAY

     The Shore Inn    38.7135N, 75.0973W     E
          Rehoboth Beach


MARYLAND      MAP     [ ↑ ]

NUDE BEACHES

      Maryland's only established nude beach, at Assateague Island National Seashore [4] 38.2640N, 75.1240W  near Ocean City, saw its heyday years ago. It now draws only a trickle of bold nudists since rangers may ticket nudists (with potentially steep fines).

NATURIST RETREATS

     Maheso    38.9437N, 76.6850W     E
          Davidsonville (southwest of Annapolis)

     Pine Tree Associates    39.0035N, 76.6064W     E
          Crownsville (north of Annapolis)


NEW JERSEY      MAP     [ ↑ ]

NUDE BEACHES

      New Jersey has but one nude beach, but it's a winner. Gunnison Beach [1] 40.4590N, 73.9894W  on the Sandy Hook peninsula—directly across the Hudson Bay from Manhattan and Brooklyn—is safe, legal, crowded and tremendously popular with all kinds of people.

NATURIST RETREATS

     Goodland Country Club    40.8520N, 74.8023W     E
          Hackettstown (northern NJ, western Morris County)

     Rock Lodge    41.0722N, 74.5343W     E
          Stockholm (northern NJ, eastern Sussex County)

     Sky Farm    40.6529N, 74.5875W     E
          Basking Ridge (northern NJ, Somerset County)


NEW YORK      MAP     [ ↑ ]

NUDE BEACHES

      New York has historically had three nude beaches on Fire Island, the 30-mile-long barrier island just off the south shore of Long Island. For many decades, Lighthouse Beach near the far west end of Fire Island was the most popular nude beach in New York and among the top nude beaches in the entire country, and Smith Point Beach near the far east end of the island also drew a substantial crowd of nudists. It was a real blow to the naturist movement when nudity was abruptly halted at both these beaches in 2013. Former patrons hold out hope that that one or both these beaches will make a comeback, but for now we have decided the best course is to remove them from this guide. See this page for an explanation of why and how nudity came to be banned at Lighthouse Beach and Smith Point Beach.

      The third Fire Island nude beach has escaped the fate of those on either end. The short stretch of beach between the twin gay vacation communities Cherry Grove and Fire Island Pines [1] 40.6605N, 73.0795W  is pretty much all gay, and it is mostly nude. Cherry Grove and The Pines are accessible only by passenger ferry.

      A final nude beach on Long Island is west of the west end of Fire Island. An area east of Jones Beach [4] 40.6023N, 73.4599W  is frequented mostly by gay nudists. Although it is the closest of the Long Island beaches to New York City, it is not freely clothing optional like the other three Long Island beaches. You risk being fined for being naked at the Jones Beach site.

      Going north of New York City to the Poughkeepsie area, near New Paltz there is an officially designated nude swimming area at Coxing Kill in Mohonk Preserve [1] 41.7551N, 74.1821W  . It is the only well-established nudist site in the Hudson Valley region.

      Much farther north, north of Adirondack Park near the borders of Vermont and Québec, is a rather obscure beach at Point Au Roche State Park [3] 44.7847N, 73.3693W  on Lake Champlain where sporadic nude bathing occurs.

      North of Syracuse and southwest of Watertown, the remote southern end of Southwick Beach [3] 43.7487N, 76.2115W  on Lake Ontario gets a good bit of discreet nude use.

      Western New York has three notable skinnydipping sites. Popular Potter's Falls [2] 42.4190N, 76.4632W  along Six Mile Creek Gorge in Ithaca, not far from Cornell University, is located in a bit of an urban wilderness. Near Gowanda and south of Buffalo, there is a beautiful spot within Zoar Valley Gorge [2] 42.4421N, 78.8884W  where nudity is well established. Farther west, close to Lake Erie and the Pennsylvania border, part of Chautauqua Gorge [2] 42.2583N, 79.5742W  has a steady following of skinnydippers. All three of these sites require a little hiking to reach.

NATURIST RETREATS & OTHER PLACES TO STAY

     Brushwood Folklore Center    42.1165N, 79.6377W     E
          Sherman (far western NY, near Erie, PA)

     Empire Haven Resort    42.6821N, 76.3520W     E
          Moravia (between Ithaca and Syracuse)

     Full-Tan Sun Club    42.8268N, 74.4833W     E
          Sprakers (between Albany and Utica)

     Juniper Woods    42.3061N, 73.8667W     E
          Catskill (south of Albany)

PLACES TO STAY—GAY

     Belvedere Guest House    40.6616N, 73.0852W     E
          Cherry Grove, Fire Island

     Chelsea Mews Guest House    40.7411N, 74.0038W     E
          Manhattan, New York City

     Colonial House Inn    40.7449N, 74.0000W     E, F
          Manhattan, New York City

     Jones Pond Campground    42.4286N, 77.9734W     E
          Angelica (Western NY)

     Rainbow Woods Campground    43.8721N, 73.7416W     E
          Schroon Lake (Adirondack Park)


PENNSYLVANIA      MAP     [ ↑ ]

NATURIST RETREATS

     Beechwood Lodge    40.7951N, 75.7295W     E
          Ashfield (Pocono Mountains)

     Pen-Mar Club    39.7330N, 78.2401W     E
          Warfordsburg (south central, at MD border)

     Penn Sylvan    40.2140N, 75.9755W     E
          Mohnton (Pennsylvania Dutch Country)

     Sunny Rest Lodge    40.8225N, 75.6485W     E
          Palmerton (Pocono Mountains)

     White Thorn Lodge    40.7554N, 80.5151W     E
          Darlington (far western PA, at OH border)

PLACES TO STAY—GAY

     Camp Davis    41.0543N, 79.9422W     E
          Boyers (north of Pittsburgh)

     Hillside Campgrounds    41.8199N, 75.6535W     E
          Gibson (Pocono Mountains)

     Oneida Campground & Lodge    41.8853N, 75.6691W     E
          New Milford (Pocono Mountains)

     The Woods Campground    40.8971N, 75.6050W     E
          Lehighton (Pocono Mountains)


VIRGINIA      MAP     [ ↑ ]

NUDE BEACHES

      Virginia lacks any well-established and open nude beaches, but there are a few spots where discreet nudity occurs. On the Atlantic coast, the secluded and little-visited northern end of Grandview Beach [4] 37.1000N, 76.2790W  in Hampton sees sporadic and discreet nude use, but authorities are not tolerant. In Richmond, a hidden area of Texas Beach in Northbank Park [3] 37.5308N, 77.4776W  is popular with gay nude bathers, and although authorities do not turn a blind eye to nudity, the difficulty of accessing this site provides a measure of protection. North of Richmond, Fall Hole in the North Anna River [3] 37.8905N, 77.4924W  near Doswell draws sporadic skinnydippers.

SOAKING ESTABLISHMENTS

     Jefferson Pools    38.0538N, 79.7806W 
          Warm Springs (north of Roanoke, near WV border)

NATURIST RETREATS

     White Tail Resort    36.8891N, 76.8392W     E
          Ivor (between Richmond and Norfolk)

PLACES TO STAY—GAY

     Zebulon's Grotto    37.7282N, 77.0826W     E
          King William (near Richmond)


WEST VIRGINIA      MAP     [ ↑ ]

NATURIST RETREATS

     Avalon Resort    39.4565N, 78.4642W     E
          Paw Paw (Eastern Panhandle)

PLACES TO STAY—GAY

     Long Fork Campground    38.6121N, 81.4058W     E
          Walton (near Charleston)

     Man Place Bed & Breakfast    39.2385N, 78.9172W     E
          Purgitsville (Eastern Panhandle)

     Roseland Resort    39.7341N, 80.6911W     E
          Proctor (Northern Panhandle)

     Sycamore House    39.3754N, 77.7708W     E
          Harpers Ferry (Eastern Panhandle)


































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