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How a Secluded Nudist Haven Was Killed by Internet Fame

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For decades, visitors were free to bare it all while hiking and sunbathing at a spot along Coxing Kill in the Mohonk Preserve, just downstream from the Split Rock wading area.

Since the 1980s, The Preserve allowed the tradition to continue in this tiny nook, and even posted signs leading to the area warning visitors: “You may encounter nudity beyond this point.”

In recent years, though, word of the clothing-optional haven spread on social media, drawing visitors from across New York state, where — by the way — public nudity is illegal.

The growing fame of the nude wading and hiking spot forced a rule change this week that requires visitors to be clothed at all times.

Split Rock - Secluded Nudist Haven
Split Rock – Secluded Nudist Haven

The growing fame of the nude wading and hiking spot forced a rule change this week that requires visitors to be clothed at all times.

Signs along the trail now read: “Clothing Required Throughout Preserve Property.”

Management said in a statement they had to ban nudity after noticing environmental harm, such as erosion and unauthorized trails, and receiving more complaints.

“Additionally, visitors persistently engaged in inappropriate public behavior in an area just yards away from where families and other visitors were enjoying the trail and Split Rock wading area,” management wrote in a statement explaining the decision. “Further, public nudity is prohibited by New York State Law.”

“Our goal is for all people to have a positive experience in nature,” said Gretchen Reed, Mohonk Preserve’s director of communications and marketing.

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Source: Spectrum News

Original publication 26 June, 2020

Posted on NatCorn 2nd July 2020

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