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

Here is one of three episodes Stephane published last month for the Naturist Living Show. Generally he prints an episode each month, but he fell behind over the summertime months.
Episode 73 is all about naked hiking. Stephane interviewed Richard Foley, creator of the Naktiv Nook nudist social network and author of the novel, grandma topless beach 2015 . The publication is a compilation of essays from various naturists and nude hikers, including Mark Storey and Steven Gough.
http://partnerpost.net/2016/05/im-nathalie-and-my-first-ever-time-going-really-nude/ lives in Germany and has been hiking nude for the last 10 years. Germany is where the naturist movement began, and it’s still among the most bare-friendly countries in the world. So it should come as no real surprise that Foley and his buddies almost never run into trouble while hiking naked in the wilderness. He says that encounters with clothed hikers are usually positive.
Naked hiking
For others thinking about free hiking, as it’s frequently called, Foley additionally offers some commonsense guidance addressing problems like chafing and bra support. For starters, it’d be unwise to attempt hiking fully nude with no shoes or socks, unless you’re an experienced barefooter. Of course other accessories are useful, like a hat and sunglasses.
Since we do not have an article specifically about unclothed hiking in the U.S., I thought I’d give a brief overview with a few recommended locations and hints. Here in the U.S., our free hiking activities are more inhibited by nudity laws. But there are areas and states where it’s legal, like Vermont.
You’ll be able to lawfully trek naked and skinny dip in the wilderness of Vermont. And I mean wilderness. Strolling nude through a town or location with crowds of dressed folks is not recommended and may have legal repercussions. At Vermont’s most well known skinny dipping place, The Ledges, a little part of the trail is designated for unclothed hiking with indications. However for longer hikes in VT, it is better to seek out more secluded wilderness elsewhere. At the Ledges, please honor the designated clothing-optional place and do not walk around nude outside of its borders.
The signal at The Ledges hiking trail indicating the start of the official unclothed place.
California is another state with hot national parks that permit free hiking, such as Angeles National Forest. Our FKK Southern California group has done many unclothed hiking excursions to Deep Creek Hot Springs, which can be clothing-optional. (Note that public nudity isn’t legal in all of California, only in certain parks and recreation areas.)
There are a few other locations where it’s legal, but trails are limited. Many nudist resorts and clubs have hiking trails on their property. Most are level or not very strenuous and take 20 – 60 minutes to complete. At some clubs, it’s merely a nice walk through nature, more so than a “hike” per se.
The Mohonk Preserve in New Paltz, NY, has a brief trail where you are able to trek nude before you reach their sanctioned skinny dipping area.
Aside from that, you’re left with going out into the woods in places where park rangers won’t discover you. Believe it or not, this really is how many people try out and enjoy naturism for the very first time. It is often free or inexpensive to go into the woods or into a recreational park, you are able to associate with nature as nature intended, even go camping or skinny dipping at once, and there are no hassles to get in.
For people who do not reside near a club or playa, this can be their only alternative for going naked in the outdoors. You can find many isolated regions of forest in northern states where it is unlikely that you will see any other human beings whatsoever. It doesn’t actually matter if you are nude when there is no one else around to care. The creatures surely do not. 😉
Even when you do encounter other people while trekking, you may be surprised to find that lots of people don’t care that you’re nude. But it is still a good idea to bring some type of cover up just in case, even if you’re only trekking on nudist resort property. You do not need 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 found hiking naked where it’s illegal, please note that there can be serious repercussions beyond simply paying a fine. In some states, you are able to visit jail and be billed 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 applicable links below. In addition to unclothed hiking, Stephane also briefly talks about an old movie clip from a naturist beauty pageant (something we will discuss further in an upcoming post). Inside my segment, we talk about AANR and Bill Schroer.
Show links:

Preview of the Naked Peacock picture
The Naktiv Network (Foley’s naturist social network)
The Naked Hiking novel in the Bare Oaks store (also available on Amazon)
Podcast episode 45 on the negative health effects of clothing
French study on bras causing breasts to sag
Or stream the episode via the Naturist Living Show website.
Readers, what’s your experience with naked hiking? Does one know of other places where it’s legal in the U.S.? Please share in the comments!
Naked Hiking and Richard Foley on the Naturist Living Show Young Naturists & Nudists America
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