Naked Swimming at the Breathtaking Potter’s Falls, Ithaca

Guest Site by: Steve & Susanne, leaders of FKK Upstate NY
Find Ithaca’s lovely Bare 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’s part of the heavily wooded Six Mile Creek stream and reservoir system which supply water for the city of Ithaca. Since Potter’s Falls seems to get so much attention, FKK Upstate NY determined to see just how naturist-friendly Potter’s Falls actually is. So, this past summer we made a total of three afternoon visits.
Before getting into the fun things, I would like to start with a couple of disclaimers. Technically, swimming in Six Mile Creek is prohibited. Yet that does not seem to prevent the thousands of those who do it every year, all summer long in many locations up and down Six Mile Creek, starting at Wild Flower Park on Giles Street, in the town of Ithaca. With regards to nudity, with the exception of topfreedom that is legal in The Big Apple, is prohibited as described by public law.

In terms of law enforcement, within the Six Mile Creek preserve, the authorities appear most concerned with dangerous jumping that goes on a ? mile or so downstream of Potter’s Falls at a location referred to as the Upper Falls Reservoir. This place, not to be mistaken with Potter’s Falls, is defined by a very big concrete dam which impounds a small lake. This can be a hot spot for high school and college children who jump off the high rugged cliffs behind the dam.
This dangerous and prohibited action is the issue of frequent patrolling by local authorities, as it has resulted in some really serious injuries.
In terms of finding Potter’s Falls, it is about one hour hike upstream of the parking area at Wild Flower Park on Giles Street, in Ithaca. At some spots as you go along, the hike is extensive with some steep hills to climb. For a considerably shorter hike, it is possible to park upstream of Wild Flower Park along NYS RT 79 and hike in from . For additional information and maps of the place you will find lots of info online.
Now, let’s get on with the fun items. First of all, Potter’s Falls is truly spectacular in terms of natural beauty. It cascades into a beautiful pool of refreshingly cool water which presents an almost irresistible invitation for naked swimming. The pool is fairly deep near the falls, and expands out to some broad, shallow region downstream a bit. The stream-bed both above and below the falls, is surrounded by rocky ledges.
A word of caution there are lots of submerged boulders in the deep pool area below the falls. We cringed at some of the thoughtless diving and leaping we seen. On the positive side, there are plenty of really big, level ledges and boulders all around which are perfect for unclothed sunbathing. Some present a bold setting, and others offer more secluded locations to stretch out with greater privacy.
Bare Swimmers at Potter’s Falls
One of the most exciting things about Potter’s Falls is the stream just above the real falls. It cuts through a narrow canyon complete with natural dialog 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 unbelievable opportunity for soaking in the amorous shadows of a natural cavern of stone under an emerald archway of deep woods. Rays of light penetrate through the eminent vegetation like the shafts of spears, and glitter on the running waters. You only have to 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. On the other hand, the amount of fabrics present was always much 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 appeared at ease with nudity. As far as rangers patrolling, we didn’t encounter any during our three visits. We’ve heard varying reports from fellow naturists indicating that on occasion warnings and directives to get clothed have been made. Ordinarily, Ithaca is quite a diverse and tolerant community.
A powerful idea I would like to make is that trekking into Potter’s Falls, along Six Mile Creek’s wonderful, naturally secluded trails, is one of the most perfect locations you can ever imagine for naturist girls to be totally daring and take complete advantage of topfree equal rights! We can barely think of a better way to reveal occasional fabrics you may meet along the way a wholesome example of non-sexual nudity. Especially because it is 100% legal in New York you simply need to take hold of your freedom!
Obviously you may feel most assured if you get a little group together to love this amazing possibility and present topfreedom even more effectively!
We at FKK Upstate New York want to conclude this narrative with an open invitation to any FKK’ers to join us on a field trip to Potter’s Falls this summer – particularly FKK women excited to claim some New York State topfreedom on the hike to get there! If you’re considering being part of such an adventure please contact us at [email protected] we shall organize an outing for any size group large or small to join us. We’ll even arrange to have a BBQ later!
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We are Steve and Susanne, leaders of the FKK Upstate New York Chapter. We appreciate the freedom, rest, and healing power of naturism, and are interested in sharing our experiences with others. Please see our Facebook page to get acquainted or join in any of our activities.