Nudism and Naturism in Western Pennsylvania

Nudism and Naturism in Western Pennsylvania

Buttermilk Falls, PA, Delaware Water Gap

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While skinny-dipping at the local swimming hole has long been regarded​ as a youthful rite of passage, being nude in America still tends to be illegal or at least frowned upon in public places. Acceptance of social nudity in this country has long lagged behind that of Europe, where many of the most popular beaches are clothing-optional. Recent decades have brought about a few improvements in public acceptance, but nudism in America is still generally only tolerated when practiced in private places away from public eyes.

There is no national law prohibiting nudism, but Pennsylvania law Title 18 Section 3127 states that "a person commits indecent exposure if that person exposes his or her genitals in any public place or in any place where there are present to other persons under circumstances in which he or she knows or should know that this conduct is likely to offend, affront or alarm." Nudity in Pennsylvania is generally prosecuted as a misdemeanor, largely dependent upon the public nature of the offense and on the age of other individuals present. Basically, nudism or naturism in Pennsylvania is best practiced on private property or in wilderness locations away from the public eye.

If you're looking for clothing optional opportunities in Western Pennsylvania, try this list of nudist and naturist resorts, inns, campgrounds, retreats and swimming holes.

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White Thorn Lodge

White Thorn Lodge nudist camp
White Thorn Lodge

White Thorn Lodge is a private family nudist club nestled in the hills of Western Pennsylvania about an hour northwest of Pittsburgh in Darlington, PA (northwest Beaver County). It is a relaxing natural haven of 105 wooded acres, best known for being the site of Nude Volleyball Superbowl, which attracts about 2,000 participants each year on the weekend after Labor Day. 

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West Penn Naturists

Enjoy a host of naturist activities with this Pittsburgh-based club for singles, couples, and families. The club organizes summer camping trips and pool parties for its members and embraces the culture of body acceptance. A schedule of events can be found on their website.

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The Pen-Mar Club

The Pen-Mar Club
The Pen-Mar Club

The Pen-Mar Club is a family-oriented nudist club tucked discreetly into the hills of South-Central Pennsylvania near Hancock, Maryland. In operation since the 1950s, the clubs members enjoy nude sunbathing and other activities its 60 acres of woodlands, hiking trails, pond and pool. 

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Camp Davis

Located in Butler County near Boyers, Pennsylvania, this private, membership-only campground offers cabin and trailer rentals, campsites, event weekends, and bath facilities. Camp Davis is an adults-only campground and tout itself as "original gay, clothing optional campground" in the area.

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The Eastern Sunbathing Association

For a full list of nudist clubs on the east coast, check out the regional division of the American Association for Nude Recreation. The association covers landed and travel clubs along 20 states along the eastern part of the U.S. 

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