I've heard of the ideas of nudist beaches and nudist areas but I guess I never really thought they could be real, or maybe I just never thought of them as an option. Surprise, not only are there a ton but some are really close by to the Capital Region!

In a post by NewYorkUpstate.com, apparently, there are some nudist areas that you may not know about.

Places to swim outside a little further away, in Moravia, NY is Empire Haven, a family-friendly nudist park near the Finger Lakes. There's another called

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Steph's Pond out near Rochester, a private club called Bare Lake Nudist Club in Corning, Brushwood Folklore Center in Sherman and Alice Falls in Keeseville.

You don't have to do swimming to express your nude body. There are nudist and naturalist clubs like Naturist Rochester, a club called Niagara Naturists, Young Naturists America based in Long Island City, or Buffalo in the Buff.

If nudism is your thing, though, be careful! A lot of people decide to strip down not realizing that nudism is actually prohibited, though commonly accepted. Places like Potters Falls in Syracuse, Lakeview WMA in Henderson (on Lake Ontario) and more locally Spier Falls at Moreau State Park in Gansevoort.

I love the idea of nudism. I think a lot of us would benefit from being open about expressing our bodies. If everyone is naked, then what is there to be ashamed of? Maybe we'll focus less on what we look like to other people and more on what people have to offer on the inside.

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    Juniper Woods Campground

    1226 Schoharie Turnpike, Catskill

    Though not exactly nudist, the facility is clothing optional and what's a better way to appreciate nature than au-natural? Nude recreation memberships are $50 and single reservations per night are about $45 each.

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    Full Tan Sun Club

    1350 Carlisle Rd, Sprakers

    Found in Montgomery County, just south of the Adirondacks, you can participate in a ton of outdoor activities down to your skivvies including volleyball and fishing.

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    Split Rock Hole

    3197 US-44, Gardiner, NY 12525

    Found just south of the Catskills in New Paltz, you may be surprised by all of the nudist sunbathers if you miss the warning on the tree! Voted as one of the most popular preserves and swimming holes in Upstate NY.

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    Stony Kill Falls

    Shaft 2A Rd, Kerhonkson, NY 12446

    Also in the New Paltz region, this isn't only a place to possibly find nudists, bathing suits aren't allowed. Start with a brief hike to the top of the falls and then strip down at "Nudist Pool."

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    Northern Exposure Sun Club

    Waterford, NY 12188

    A traveling nudist club, based here in the Capital Region who join together to visit nudist areas together. Their website isn't incredibly well-maintained but you can reach out and join a mailing list!