Skinny Dipping in Old Hippie Land aka Woodstock, New York

Skinny Dipping At Nude Hippie Land Woodstock NY
Skinny Dipping in Woodstock – This past weekend Jordan and I took a day trip to upstate New York. We went to Woodstock, home of the nude hippies. Well, they are not really nude anymore, but more on that later.
When people think of Woodstock, they normally think of the enormous, renowned music festival that took place nearby in 1969. Decades before this festival, the town of Woodstock had created itself as a hub for artists, musicians and hippies, with its art colonies and summer music festivals.
Incidentally, I’ve discovered the term “art colony” is how they came up with “naturist colony” in the 1900’s, but have yet to check thisDoes anyone know? (Regrettably “nudist colony” is a phrase that still persists today in spite of naturists’ attempts to stomp it out. Now we say naturist community, club or resort. FYI, using the phrases or terms “naturist colony” or “naturalist” is like writing “noob” across your forehead.)
Nowadays the town of Woodstock is still called “Colony of the Arts” and has an active community of artists. The central area has quite a couple of art galleries and lots of New Age stores. We saw a sign promoting a community drum circle. We also checked out their outdoor market where people sell clothing, crystals and gemstones, jewelry and home made goods.
Hippie Shop on Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY
It was fun exploring the town, but the day was blistering hot, so we truly wanted to locate a place to swim. I guess we were quite confident we’d get to skinny dip because we did not even bother bringing our bathing suits. This was Woodstock after all and we assumed that there would still by a number of naked hippies around who’d choose to swim naked.
The site listed several areas where folks could swim naked. So we determined to try Big Deep. The site says, “Walk downstream for more remote locations (downstream here bathing suits AREN’T accustomed and many users want to keep it that way!).”
Well, we decided we had discover if that was accurate. The directions were precise, and we found the water only a short distance from your parking lot. There were a lot of folks at the end of the trail, all in swimsuits. So we walked along the water and readily discovered a quiet area to strip down.
Skinny Dipping in Big Deep Woodstock
The water was really chilly, but I managed to get in up to my midsection. The underside was mainly mud or , and I didn’t find any fish. We loved the peaceful setting for a small while. It is tough to say whether there’s a real convention of unclothed swimming here, as we didn’t encounter anyone else doing it (no naked hippies – sorry to say).
On the way out we did run into a young couple looking to do the same thing (or at least the girl was). It’s nice when some nudies create a nude area like Split Rock in New Paltz, but in the countryside, all you truly must find is a swimming place with no one near, to go skinny dipping.
Skinny Dipping at the Big Deep Swimming Hole In Woodstock
Skinny Dipping at the Big Deep Swimming Hole In Woodstock NY:
In regards to Woodstock, some of you might also think of Morley Schloss, majority stockholder of Sunsport Gardens nudist park and longtime leader in the naturist movement. has often told the story of his first social nudity experience at the Woodstock Festival. Here’s how he tells it to Stephane in his interview on the Naturist Living Show:

“My first encounter was in August of 1969, and I, like thousands and thousands of other folks, was at Woodstock. And it was muddy and rainy and I was there with a 2 year old and a 1 month old. Anyhow, I needed to get clean and there was this pond behind the stage and there were folks skinny dipping and I didn’t have a bathing suit so I attempted it. I was a little frightened, but I tried it and it was such an incredible feeling, feeling the air and water and sun all over me, that I was hooked immediately.”
Three days of nudity, drugs, free love, rock n’ rollwhen bodies weren’t so shameful and skinny-dipping was no big deal (in some areas at least).
Just for fun, here’s a silent home video clip in the Woodstock Festival, revealing individuals skinny dipping at 2:31.
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