Our FKK Trip To The Ledges and Abbot’s glen in Vermont:
Last weekend, we did our first ever FKK meetup in Vermont. The intention was to visit two places we have never been to – The Ledges and Abbott’s Glen Clothing Elective Inn & Campground.
It always seems to be a journey getting from New York City on a Friday afternoon, but many of nude beach bodies headed up to Abbott’s Glen to arrive that night. Of course arriving Friday also caused it to be easier to have a complete day at The Ledges on Saturday.
To start, there’s one thing we all discovered that night that I believe I should mention – there is little to no cell reception around Abbott’s Glen. Our satellite GPS still got us there, but it got a little rough for those using a smartphone! There is WiFi and landline phones at Abbott’s for people who have to connect to the external world. Nonetheless when you’re able to get away to the country and disconnect, I understand there’s undoubtedly some attractiveness in that also.
Upon arrival we met the supervisor, Liz. Despite it being so late (around 10:30pm), she still gave us a warm welcome, checked us in and gave us a tour of the property.
As a group we camped together in their orchard next to apple and pear trees. (They also do have individual campsites.) After pitching our tent, we went to warm up by the bonfire manned by Lindy, one of the owners. It was rather the chilly evening!
Saturday was when we actually got to see the grounds and facilities, and the whole area surpassed our expectations. The grounds are so well-manicured and show off beautiful Vermont nature. It’d be difficult to not feel at ease among the flowers, greenery, trees and the pond.
The little hut is a small tavern with grills for outdoor BBQing
Inside their main house is a 5-man hot tub, indoor showers and restrooms. The sauna is outside in its little house, and it is just perfect. It’s the very first time I’ve ever seen a wood-burning sauna. They keep a pail inside to pour water, and you can almost turn it into a steam room. Across from the main house is their “Club Sugar Shack” where they’ve pool table and couches and seats. In the corner is a wood-burning stove to keep it snug.
Most of us tented while a few others got more elaborate with rooms. I didn’t personally see a room, but from what I heard, they are spacious, clean and comfortable.
As a side note, I’m learning that it’s not quite common to locate higher-class B&B’s or nudist resorts in the U.S. In many places, room rentals are simply superb, superb fundamental and probably haven’t been updated in many years. A lot of times you’re blessed if the room smells okay and has an adequate mattress. Really the only time I’ve seen resorts as pleasant as this one was in California. Locations like Meadowlark Country House and the Terra Cotta Inn. (Abbott’s supplies bathrobes in the rooms just like Meadowlark.)
Back to the recap. So eventually we piled into cars and made our way out towards The Ledges, which is only about 6 miles away from Abbott’s. It is a curvy road with ups and downs, but Beth Nolan actually biked it! On the way we also stopped at the Jacksonville General Store to pick up lunch and snacks. It is a butcher shop with good meats and cheeses, as well as a small grocery store.
FKK group photo at Jacksonville General Store
After driving down a dirt road, we reached the parking lot. It is rather small, so it is great we carpooled. Regrettably it was still quite chilly out. We seem to have picked the coldest weekend of August to take this trip. But, it was not raining and the sun did shine on us for periods of time.
We got on the trail to walk along the reservoir towards the section referred to as The Ledges. It is a straightforward hike, though there are lots of roots and rocks so good shoes are recommended. After a few minutes trek in, we reached the magical sign that says “You can be naked now” in numerous words.
Simple nudity is technically legal before and after these signs, as per Vermont state law. Nevertheless, this doesn’t mean you can or should go nude anywhere and everywhere in Vermont. Specific towns have their own ordinances against public nudity, and The Ledges itself underwent a period of controversy during which nudity was banned for two years. NAC (Naturist Action Committee) had to fight really hard with a team of naturists to get it back. Naturists should stick to nature places in VT, constantly be aware of local laws and exercise caution when going nude in non traditional areas. See this page for more about Vermont law and Ledges etiquette.
“Beyond This Sign You May Encounter Unclothed Sunbathers” sign on the hiking trail to The Ledges
Some people could not wait and stripped down right after the sign. The trail led us into a clearing at the water, and we started to see other naturists. We knew we had reached The Ledges! With this length of the reservoir there’s a sandy / amzea vroum and then you can climb up onto the real stone “ledges.” Despite the cool temps, there was still a fairly large bunch of folks there.
It’s nice to bring a seat, raft and on occasion even a yoga mat to have something soft to sit / lay on since it’s all stone. We settled in and met some more FKK folks who came to meet us there.
A little farther down the trail there’s a cliff jump and a swing. Several folks went to bound or swing into the water. Despite the cool weather, many still went for a naked swim. The water was cold, but clean and deep. This entire place is immaculate and beautiful.
I went for a short hike with a few others and followed the trail about a mile further until reaching the “you should put your clothes back on” hint. By hiking we understood just how large this place is. The reservoir itself is 8 miles long, and the official clothing optional section is quite large. If folks need more privacy and quiet, there is plenty of shoreline to find that. I think it is also crucial that you notice the reservoir water level fluctuates throughout the season, so when it is high it reduces much of the accessible ledge place. In August the amount is low, and it’s the best time to go.
After a few hours, the cloud cover increased, and we’d had enough. We packed up and went back to enjoy another evening at Abbott’s. On Saturday nighttime Lindy does mywhifesexy in Club Sugar Shack, and they clear an area for a dance floor. We played pool, games, danced and had a lot of fun.
Sunday was again cloudy, but it got a little nicer as the day wore on. We had no plans but to relax and appreciate Abbott’s Glen before heading home. Beth also did a naked yoga course late that morning.
The North River at Abbott’s Glen
Jordan and I investigated the hiking trails and North River that runs through the property. It takes about half an hour to walk all their trails through the forest. The river water was clean and shallow, though I think the owners said some serious flooding going on a month or two ago. Back here they have a small beach where you are able to relax and wade into the river.
Not too long after our hike, we packed up and headed out, as did others. A few more stayed around to appreciate a couple more hours only at that little VT haven. Suffice it to say we all thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Abbott’s Glen and our experiences at The Ledges. We look forward to returning someday!
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Our FKK Trip To The Ledges and Abbot’s glen in Vermont: