Hello! Whether a newbie or a veteran naturist, this website can point you the right way.
Even if you decide naturism isn't for you, perhaps you will still gain positive impressions.
Kentucky Nude Recreation website is hosted by The Naturist Journal
As expected, a much higher percentage of Kentucky politicians than usual attended the 2010 NCSL summit in Louisville -- and thus likely visited the AANR booth. An opportunity for KY naturists to politely impress upon their lawmakers may be the result. This might give a needed boost to Kentucky naturism, long after the 2010 summit and subsequent NCSL conventions. The Kentucky Nude Recreation legal page conveys the unusual challenges confronting nudism in Kentucky.
What Is Naturism/Nudism?
Young Adult/Student Naturism
Public Land Naturism
Kentucky Law Regarding Public Nudity and Nudist "Societies"
Nude Art Exhibition/Live Art Modeling
Additional Naturist/Nudist Websites
Naturism and nudism are basically the same thing in that both pertain to social nude/clothes-free recreation. Naturism is about acceptance of one’s body and the bodies of others regardless of physical shape/appearance. Naturism is also about experiencing a fantastic sensual freedom. Many clothed activities such as volleyball and swimming can be better enjoyed nude. We believe the nude human body is decent and neither sensational nor shameful. Contrary to popular misconception, naturism is not centered on open sexuality. Naturist attitudes toward sex may mirror the rest of polite society in that sexuality is strictly a private matter. Also, naturism is different from natur-al-ism which is activities like bird watching, although many naturists are also naturalists.
Naturists/nudists represent females and males of all ages, races, income levels, job occupations, political/ideological views as well as most religious and cultural views. Far from excluding kids, nudism may benefit young people the most. Studies suggest that children growing up around family and social nudity may have higher self-esteem, less body shame and far lower teen pregnancy rates than textile kids.
While nude recreation is a growing lifestyle that's becoming more accepted in the United States, naturism/nudism is considerably more mainstream in Europe. Almost all public beaches in Denmark are clothing optional. Many public parks in Germany, such as the Schönfeldwiese in the Englischer Garten in downtown Munich, have official clothing optional sections where nude and textile coexist peacefully. Cap D'Agde in France is a huge resort on the Mediterranean with a section that's for all practical purposes a nude city; many thousands can shop, have a haircut, bank, sunbath, etc., without the need for clothes.
Canada is also quite accepting of naturism, perhaps more so than the United States. Hanlan's Point Beach near downtown Toronto is an officially designated clothing-optional beach.
Kentucky Nude Recreation was originally "Kentucky Campus Nude Recreation" which was created in response to apparent low participation rates of young adults in North American nudism. There were limited student naturist gatherings at a few Kentucky universities, including an unofficial group at Western Kentucky University. Since then, these students have graduated.
However, students at any Kentucky school and young adults in general interested in nudism are invited to contact Kentucky Nude Recreation. Interested persons are also encouraged to get in touch with sources such as those listed below in the 'Young Adult Resources' section of Additional Naturist/Nudist Websites.
Current state law hinders naturism in Kentucky. This said, Kentucky has these clubs, albeit all are nonlanded:
*Bluegrass Naturists (Nicholasville/Lexington)
*Central Kentucky Family United Nudists (CKFUN) (Lexington)
*Kentuckiana Gay Nudists (Frankfort)
Furthermore, Kennessee Nudists, Kennessee Naturists, Bluegrass Naturists (part of travel club), Heartland Nudists (of western Kentucky) and Kentucky Single Naturists are online chatrooms/message boards.
In addition, many clubs are conveniently located for Kentuckians in border states:
Rock Haven Lodge (Murfreesboro)
Cherokee Lodge and Resort (Crossville, between Knoxville and Nashville)
*Ken-Ten Naturists (McKenzie, northwestern Tennessee)
*Tennessee Naturist Club (Knoxville)
*Southern Sociable Bares (Pulaski, south central Tennessee)
Here are clubs in other adjacent states, but only clubs closer to Kentucky; please consult other nudist resources linked from this Kentucky Nude Recreation website for more complete listings.
Forty Acre Club (Lonedell, near St Louis)
*Bare Hunters (St Louis)
*TriState Bares (Charleston/Huntington)
Nudrus Family Naturist Club (Danvers, near Bloomington/Normal)
Drakes Ridge Rustic Nudist Retreat (Bennington, between Cincinnati and Louisville)
Sunshower Country Club (Centerville, between Indianapolis and Dayton)
Fern Hills Club (Bloomington)
Our Haven (French Lick) (not a naturist resort per se, but clothing optional areas are available)
Cedar Trails Retreat (Peebles, southern Ohio)
Hillside Haven (Otway, southern Ohio)
Bare Valley (Logan, near Columbus)
Paradise Gardens (Cincinnati)
*The Buckeye Naturists (Columbus)
*Have Sun Will Travel (Marion, near Columbus)
*Southern Ohio Naturist Society (Cincinnati)
NOTE: Nonlanded clubs are in italics and marked by asterisks [*]
Nonlanded clubs don’t typically own or utilize a single piece of property. Examples of nonlanded club activities include renting a local gym for a pool party, or hosting a swim and barbecue in a fenced backyard at a member’s private residence.
In addition, "clothing-optional" means one has the option of being clothed or nude. In comparison, a clothes-free attire is generally expected at "naturist/nudist" clubs, save for some practical reasons including chilly weather, sunburn, frying bacon, trying nude recreation for the very first time.
Although there are landed and nonlanded (travel) nudist clubs, there's also the option of discreet naturism in the great outdoors where one can find many isolated hectares of natural scenery on both federal and state land in Kentucky. Even with no current legal or de facto public clothing optional areas in the state, discreet naturism is possible. This said, tact is advised; covering up around textiles can be good courtesy. While many park rangers and other law enforcement officials may unofficially support discreet naturism, it's not improbable a very few may attempt to use regulations to prosecute even discreet naturists.
Perhaps the best example of a state park with a legal clothing optional area is Sauvie Island on the Columbia River in Oregon. Many consider the legal clothing optional beach at New Jersey's Gunnison Beach (Sandy Hook) in the Gateway National Recreation Area to be the premier representation of successful nude use of federal lands.
Kentucky's federal lands include Daniel Boone National Forest, Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area, Mammoth Cave National Park, and Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. Among state parks (including Kentucky's 16 state resort parks), Green River Lake State Park is listed by The Naturist Society as having many isolated coves for skinny dipping.
In every consecutive year from 1986 to 2013, the Lexington Art League (LAL) had a highly successful annual art exhibit with a nude theme. The most recent exhibit was conducted in early 2013 as The Nude: Self & Others.
However, the LAL will not have a nude exhibit in 2014. This said, the exhibit is being considered again for 2015. Among the many strong sponsors of the nude art show over the years have been AANR Midwest, AANR, and QX.net. Sponsorship opportunities for a 2015 art show would be available, click here. Artists are encouraged to contact the LAL about entering nude artwork for a possible 2015 exhibit.
For many years, KYANA Naturists/Drakes Ridge Rustic Nudist Retreat conducted "Nudes Viewing Nudes" which was an annual exclusive tour of the LAL nude art show. KYANA deeply appreciates the strong support shown for Nudes Viewing Nudes with hope of restarting Nudes Viewing Nudes at a future LAL nude art exhibit.
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Nudists/nudist groups extend their good will in many ways such as joining a chamber of commerce, participating in beach and highway cleanups (the adopt-a-mile/kilometer programs) and donating to charity. Some nudists have used an additional option: Live art modeling. It is a fine way to support the arts, promote body acceptance, and in some cases make supplemental income. Contact university art departments or art leagues for more information. Male and female models of all ages and physical shapes are desired.
Canadian Naturists (FCN)
La Fédération Québécoise de Naturisme (FQN)
International Naturist Federation
International Naturists Association
Naturist Family Network
Body Freedom Collaborative
Christian Nudist Convocation
Gay Naturists International
The Naturist Journal
Kent Ashton's Links to Naturist Sites
Nudist Explorer (nudist search engine, no adult links)
Fig Leaf Forum (Christian nudists/naturists)
We express gratitude to The Naturist Journal for hosting Kentucky Nude Recreation
Last update of Kentucky Nude Recreation: March 16, 2014