Gay Beach/Swimming Holes
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Rock River, is Vermont's most popular place for gay nude swimming and sunbathing. It's known for being very cruisy. From Brattleboro, take State Route 30 north. After 7 or 8 miles, when you see the turnoff for Maple Valley Ski Are, continue north on SR-30 for another 1.5 miles, until you reach the Williamsville Road turnoff on the left. The turnoff is just before a large bridge over Rock River. Pull over and park on the east side of SR-30 just before the bridge. Cross to the west side of SR-30, then walk up Williamsville Road a short distance until you see the first spur trail on the right that heads toward the river. Take this road to the river, then hike upstream about a mile to reach the gay area. As 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.