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    If the government decided to designate various trails in national parks as clothing-optional, what percentage would have to take advantage and go nude for the nudist not to be considered weird

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    Nudists will always be looked at as weird. Though the ability to be naked by choice and within the law may change, clothing has been around for several millennia as part of culture rather than necessity. Even at places where nudity is allowed such as designated beaches, there is a proportion of people who will go there and keep at least some if not all of their controversial parts covered.

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    • #3
      There is no federal law prohibiting nudity. You are not breaking federal law by being nude on federal land with the exception of the Cape Cod National Seashore, which has its own regulation prohibiting nudity. That being said, there is the issue of concurrent jurisdiction, which means that you can be arrested under state law while on federal land, and this typically does happen. On the Outer Banks, there was a ranger who was infamous for lurking in the dunes to catch skinny dippers. Those he caught were charged under North Carolina law. In the general case, a ranger will ignore discrete skinny dipping in a remote mountain lake; however, they will take action if there are complaints.

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      • #4
        Even if any complains nothing would be done
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Mosquito_Bait View Post
          There is no federal law prohibiting nudity. You are not breaking federal law by being nude on federal land with the exception of the Cape Cod National Seashore, which has its own regulation prohibiting nudity. That being said, there is the issue of concurrent jurisdiction, which means that you can be arrested under state law while on federal land, and this typically does happen. On the Outer Banks, there was a ranger who was infamous for lurking in the dunes to catch skinny dippers. Those he caught were charged under North Carolina law. In the general case, a ranger will ignore discrete skinny dipping in a remote mountain lake; however, they will take action if there are complaints.
          The main question I would have, if there is no federal law against nudity on federal property, then how can a person be charged with State laws when the nudity happened on Federal property? I thought Feds trump State.
          State property, yes. There are designated clothing optional areas where nudity is permitted, but those are on State property. I can't see how a person can be charged with going against a State "law" on federal property. I would think this would be thrown out of court, State overstepping Federal jurisdiction.


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          • #6
            Originally posted by nudeM View Post

            The main question I would have, if there is no federal law against nudity on federal property, then how can a person be charged with State laws when the nudity happened on Federal property? I thought Feds trump State.
            State property, yes. There are designated clothing optional areas where nudity is permitted, but those are on State property. I can't see how a person can be charged with going against a State "law" on federal property. I would think this would be thrown out of court, State overstepping Federal jurisdiction.

            The principle is called "Concurrent Jurisdiction". I'm not a lawyer, so my explanation might be garbled, but the general idea is that a person can be charged under either state or federal law when on federal property where there is a concurrent jurisdiction agreement. Most federal sites that are frequented by the general public have such agreements.

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            • #7
              I think Mosquito_Bait is right. Go walk to the visitors center in Yosemite and let me know how that works out for ya

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              • #8
                I've seen and heard reports that swimmers at Sleeping Bear National Lake Shore and Indiana Dunes National Lake Shore have been told to cover up by authorities as well. Though there is no federal law against nudity, the federal government has given the states the power to enforce their laws on federal land. If federal land was the only requirement to allow nudity, then the entire city of Washington, D.C. could become clothing optional. Imagine the Senate meeting in the nude. It might be enough for them to work together and get things done.

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                • #9
                  Heck yes. I hike them naked when I can even though they aren't designated as such. If you get away from the visitor centers and "must see" sights, there are hundreds of miles of seldom visited trails in many of the parks. This is one such trail in North Cascades National Park.

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                  • #10
                    Wow! The Senate meeting in the nude. There is not a bar of soap big enough to scrub that image out of mu brain. And in the House = Nancy Pelosi. I'm going blind.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by seanotanline View Post
                      Heck yes. I hike them naked when I can even though they aren't designated as such. If you get away from the visitor centers and "must see" sights, there are hundreds of miles of seldom visited trails in many of the parks. This is one such trail in North Cascades National Park.
                      Did you come across anyone while walking nude

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by seanotanline View Post
                        Heck yes. I hike them naked when I can even though they aren't designated as such. If you get away from the visitor centers and "must see" sights, there are hundreds of miles of seldom visited trails in many of the parks. This is one such trail in North Cascades National Park.
                        Did you come across anyone while walking nude

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by ranul View Post

                          Did you come across anyone while walking nude
                          I did not. I heard voices as I approached a backcountry camp site, so put on a pair of shorts before walking through. Those were the only people I saw that day.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by seanotanline View Post

                            I did not. I heard voices as I approached a backcountry campsite, so put on a pair of shorts before walking through. Those were the only people I saw that day.
                            Until the day that you can walk naked in National Parks and not be worried if anyone comes walking down the path

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