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« on: March 08, 2018, 02:23:15 PM »
Unlike others here, I haven't any recent experiences worth telling. But I have time on my hands, probably more than I will have when I retire, hopefully a week from tomorrow.

A few people here have made posts about their own private, possibly secret places for outdoor nudity. I have a few myself that I don't mind sharing. They aren't close by.

One place is near my hometown in southern West Virginia. There is a bottomland along the New River in Summers County, West Virginia, called Crump's Bottom. Upriver from there is a stretch of old road that runs alongside the river, all of this being within the Bluestone Wildlife Management Area. The part from the upriver, or southern end, of the WMA to Crumps Bottom is maybe ten miles, maybe more. It is gates and you can't take a vehicle inside from either end, although you can take a motorcycle or go on horseback. It is sufficiently private and difficult enough for nude hiking or walking. People can go in and fish but they don't go in very far. Hunting is allowed in season but that isn't when you'd want to be outside nude anyway. I did a long, all-day hike there several years ago and would love to repeat the trip. It's difficult to get to and probably not well known except to local people, which may or may not include me anymore. I used to go camping in that area at the other end of the bottom, well before it became a WMA, and also on the other side of the river. Someone who read my report of that trip on another website also visited the area. It is a place where I'd like to do my hike without a net.

Another place, equally remote, difficult to get to and probably relatively unknown is near Morgantown, where I went to school. The specific area is Cheat Gorge, better known as a place for white water canoeing. It also has sufficient remoteness to be fairly sure of enough privacy to do some nude hiking. I made many trips to that area when I was in school. What the area is like now, however, may have changed a lot in the time since my last visit. That was over 35 years ago when I made a trip there with my wife, the only time I've done nude hiking with another person.

There are closer places I go these days. One in near Front Royal, Virginia, in the northern part of George Washington National Forest. It is near Elizabeth Furnace, an old iron furnace. There is a large parking lot on the right just before you get to Elizabeth Furnace, which is on the left. From there, you can take one of two trails to the top of the ridge. It is less visited on weekdays all year long. There is some kind of electronic facility at the top of the ridge that makes a good destination. It also happens to be the northern end of the Massanutten Trail. But the size of the parking log suggest that sometimes there may be a lot of people up there, except there never has been when I've been there on a weekday. But I once did a nude hike there, well over ten miles, nude the entire way. When I was back in my car, making some notes, a school bus full of what looked like grade school kids pulled in and a bunch of kids, half of them wearing swimsuits, and ran up the trail that I had just returned from. So you never know.

I have hiked nude a lot in Shenandoah National Park, which is sort of risky. There is one trail in particular that is sufficiently less-visited to allow a worry-free nude hike. The only problem is, it is steep, even though it is an old road. The hike back up to the trailhead and the parking lot is exhausting. It is a real hike, not just a walk in the woods.

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Re: Private places
« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2018, 05:49:37 PM »
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It is a real hike, not just a walk in the woods.

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« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2018, 06:15:08 PM »
Colin Fletcher, whom you may recall mentioned nude hiking, also explained why he used the term "walking" instead of hiking.

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« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2018, 09:20:22 PM »

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[font=]Crump's Bottom[/font]
Brilliant name!  In Surrey there is a place called Pratts Bottom!
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« Reply #4 on: March 24, 2018, 05:00:29 AM »
Is it sh** hole?

What's a bottom?
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« Reply #5 on: March 24, 2018, 06:46:53 AM »
Bottom = backside, posterior, buttocks, arse (ass), bum

Thus for British schoolboys Pratt’s Bottom is an instant snigger, as is studying Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream with its anti-hero, Bottom.

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« Reply #6 on: March 24, 2018, 12:36:36 PM »
A bottom, as the word is used in the name Crump's Bottom (or Crumps Bottom), is a piece of more or less flat land lying alongside a river. A similar, odd name would be Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Bottom land is usually good for growing things. That area in West Virginia in the New River Valley was among the areas first settled in the mid-18th century, including by my ancestors from Great Britain and Germany. When I was going there with relatives in the 1950s and 1960s, it was not a wildlife management area and there were no rules to worry about. There had been a road along the river since colonial times that continued to be passable. It was graded sometime in the late 1960s or early 1970s, then gated, after which trees grew on the road making it impassable to vehicles.

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« Reply #7 on: March 24, 2018, 05:33:28 PM »
How big is the river? Is it a meander? Are there places to camp next to the river and swim? Are there bug, mosquito problems because it is bottome land? It sounds like a nice five mile level walk to a secluded patch suitable for a campsite and five more to roam AND without a net.

The plan is to get back east again in the next few. I haven't been around a place like that in decades, now.
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« Reply #8 on: March 24, 2018, 07:26:40 PM »
We had some bizarre warm weather in the middle of February and I thought it was a good time to get out to my own favorite private place. It's an area of woods that's become isolated following highway construction, and hardly anyone goes there.



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« Reply #9 on: March 25, 2018, 11:31:16 AM »
How big is the river? Is it a meander? Are there places to camp next to the river and swim? Are there bug, mosquito problems because it is bottome land? It sounds like a nice five mile level walk to a secluded patch suitable for a campsite and five more to roam AND without a net.

It's the New River, from about five miles inside the state line where it crosses at Glen Lyn. Because it is a WMA, camping is now restricted to certain places, possibly with a fee and permit. People have camped along the river outside of the WMA, too, though good spots are in short supply. All of this is on the western side of the river. There are more places on the other side of the river. A sort of backwoods resort called Kairos Resort is now located somewhere in the area offering camping, canoeing and the like.

The river itself is quite wide, more than fifty yards wide all the way, some places wider, though never very deep. I'm beginning to think I won't have time to do any hiking at all, what with visiting relatives.

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« Reply #10 on: March 27, 2018, 03:55:12 AM »
Too many people in my house for too long is all the more reason to go for a hike.

Thank-you for the info.
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