has much to offer—hiking, biking, antiquing, shopping, downhill
and XC skiing, as well as several nude swimming holes. Frog Meadow
itself is surrounded by remote dirt roads that are perfect for wonderful
scenic walks or mountain bike routes. If the mood strikes, there
are short trails on the property at Frog Meadow for naked hiking.
For longer hikes the Appalachian
Trail is only a 30-minute drive away. There are also some great
scenic hiking trails just five miles up the road at Townshend
State Park. Mount
Snow, where Scott and Dave met 16 years ago, is one of Vermont’s
largest ski areas and is only 30 minutes away. There are also several
XC ski areas nearby. Prospect
Mountain and Wild
Wings are Scott and Dave’s favorites.
For general information about attractions and activities in the
area, connect to the official
Vermont tourism site.
Newfane is blessed with two river valleys, the West River and the
Rock River. The West River is a relatively long, wide and warm river
as compared to the Rock River, which, true to its name, is very
rocky, swift and cool. Just upstream from the confluence of the
Rock and West Rivers, and only four miles from Frog Meadow off Route
30, there are a series of deep, clear water swimming holes. Known
as “Indian Love Call” by the locals there is a long
tradition of nude bathing on the Rock River.
you hike further up the river you will notice that the first swimming
hole is deep with a sandy beach and a rope swing. This is the family
swimming hole where the clothing stays on. The further upstream
you go the more likely you are to see nude bathers; the next couple
of beaches up the trail are mixed, gay and straight, and nude. As
you continue up the river it becomes increasingly gay until you
reach your final destination (about a 30-minute hike from the road)
and discover the “official” gay area. While it is very
cruisey and the wooded areas do have their share of activities,
the scene by the water is very social and friendly. Men often bring
preparations with them for a summer BBQ and, generally speaking,
all are welcome, especially if you have things to share. There is
a feeling of being in another time and place when you’re there.
To find out how to get there, ask Scott and Dave.
Another popular spot for nude bathing is the Ledges, located about
20 minutes from Frog Meadow on the shores of Harriman Reservoir
in Wilmington, VT. Different than Rock River in the sense that the
water is a lake and not a river, bathers sun themselves on exposed
outcroppings of bedrock, or “ledges”. If you like, Scott
and Dave can also help with directions to the Ledges.
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