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From State Route 39 on Main Street in the center of Marlinton, West Virginia, go west on the old rail bed from the restored Railroad Station. ENJOY!
At last! We finally found a place for wildernuding in the state of Camilla's birth, West Virginia, aka The Mountain State. And so it is, for there's so much remote area in West Va, that only those who are very lazy or very timid won't be able to find many natural places for recreating clothed but by the sun. Actually, we didn't `find' this one, our friend Chuck Myers turned us on to it. A loyal NUDISK subscriber, we met Chuck in the Summer of 94 at the First Annual Naturist Life International Reunion at Forest City Lodge in Milton, Vermont, now officially the state of our residence (at last!). Seeking friendship, minor initial differences were overcome and we began to share information. Later Chuck sent us maps and route sheets for The Greenbrier.
As these Nomads, the quintessential Naturist experience to Chuck is being out in Nature, close to Mom Earth and free of rags of shame, as god intended when s/he created us and was pleased at what s/he saw; though a member of a park, Chuck goes wildernuding on The Greenbrier as often as he's able. One of the neatest things about The Greenbrier is that the `steepest grade' on it is probably no more than 2% at most because it was once The Greenbrier Division of the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway, begun in the late 1890's to move the mountains of timber being harvested then.
As crooked as a snake (it took more than 80 miles of track, 2 tunnels, and 35 bridges to cover less than 45 miles as the crow flies), The Greenbrier Trail is right next to the Greenbrier River as both twist their way among the sharp Allegheny Mountains. Along the way are hundreds of spots in the river to enjoy natural swimming. If one wants only sun, there are an equal number of places to climb up away from the trail, enjoy the vista, and take in some rays; those areas are quite private.
We chose the Marlinton to Clover Lick section which would also be great for nude bike riding because the old rail bed is so smooth; some 15 miles long, it's considered the most remote part because there's nothing but rocks, woods, the river, and lots of wildlife for most of the way. There are also half a dozen good tenting areas and several points of interest, including the only water tower still standing that was used to fill the tenders behind the thirsty steam locomotives. The other main point of interest is Sharp's Tunnel, 511 feet long through solid rock. At other places along the trail there are limestone caves (Anthony to Renick), Droop Mountain Tunnel and an old quarry and cave (Renick to Denmar), and Cass Scenic Old Logging Railroad (Clover Lick to Cass).
Less than 15 minutes walking time out of Marlinton, the first white eyes settlement West of the Alleghenies in 1749, it was obvious few use the trail that far from town (virtually no litter and the path wasn't heavily worn), meaning those one might encounter that far out are unlikely to be offended by mere nudity = had it been warmer, we'd have hiked sunclad. Trail after trail led to the river, never more than a few yards away. Quite often, the river was just out of sight of the trail due to foliage or topography; those would be places ideal for nude recreation because others on the trail wanting to go down to the river would take a trail where the river could be seen, in other words, the easiest way.
This area has so much potential. Few use it now and it'll be that way for a long time because the area is so remote from main roads, major tourist attractions, or large population centers. Bring what you need because except at Marlinton, there are virtually no services for the entire 80 miles of trail. There are some services certain distances off the trail (up to 2 miles); these are noted on the maps, free at the old Marlinton Rail Station and other points en route.
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