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Hurrah! Here's our 40th annual survey of Northern California naked fun in the sun.
08.05.14 - 2:28 pm | Gary Hanauer |
A nude beach where you can camp near a river or enjoy an afternoon of reading, tanning or swimming? Just five miles from Garberville, off Highway 101 at Exit 645 (Avenue Of The Giants), there's a beach on the south fork of the Eel River that's so secluded some visitors stay overnight. Its existence was kept secret by users until we unveiled directions to it in 2011. "It's an awesome place," says a recent visitor. "This sandy beach has become a local hangout." "The beach is excellent for tents," says reader Dave. "It's really private and fun." Nestled among some shade trees, the beach can't be seen from the road. Some visitors bring tubes or floaties. The skinny-dipping hole measures about 100 feet across, with both deep and shallow swimming areas.
Directions: Go north on Highway 101. About five miles north of Garberville, take Exit 645 (Avenue Of The Giants), turn left, and head south a half mile on the river frontage road there to the spot mentioned below. Or from the north, take Highway 101 south to Exit 645. Take the exit to Hooker Creek Road and continue straight for about 100 feet, where you will see the frontage/service road. You can only go one way onto the service road. Follow it in front of the old Sylvandale Gardens store less than a half mile south along the river. Then park at the orange arrow on the pavement or where you see cars pulled over along the street. Look for a path there (recently marked by a rainbow streamer) and follow it as it curves to the right and takes you about 30 yards to the beach. Local nudies and campers tend to stay on the far right end of the beach.