Overview of Gunnison Beach – New Jersey Coast’s Naked Beach

Gunnison Unclothed Beach in NJ Reviewed
Gunnison Beach – When New Jersey Senate Bill 1912 effectively outlawed nudity on the state’s public shores in 1999, bare beach fans in the tri-state area were dealt an important setback.
One notable exception to the law, nonetheless, was Gunnison Beach. Located on the Sandy Hook peninsula just a few miles south of Nyc, Gunnison Beach is part of the Gateway National Recreation Area that is owned and operated by the National Park Service. Since it’s generally legal to be naked on federal land, Gunnison was spared from S.B. 1912’s effects.
Gunnison Beach is formally split into two areas clothed on the northern half and clothing-optional on the southern half (it’s likely a surprise to no one the clothing-optional side is far more popular). The clothing-optional side is further subdivided (unofficially) into a straight area and a homosexual area (at the southernmost end of the playa). On any given bright summer weekend, 3,000 or more bathers can be found on Gunnison Beach.
The history of nude bathing at Gunnison goes back to the 1950’s, when Sandy Hook was home to the Fort Hancock military installation (large definite firearm arrangements are still clearly visible at the entrance to Gunnison). Servicemen would regularly skinny dip there, and when the base was decommissioned and turned over to the National Park Service in 1972, members of the general public continued the tradition.
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The feeling on Gunnison is exciting and pleasing. The regulars say the amount of behaviour is preferable to most clothed seashores. Part of the reason could be that Gunnison (as well as the remainder of Sandy Hook) is always patrolled by Park Service Rangers. While harassment of nudists by cloths and sometimes even fellow nudists is a rare occurrence, the Rangers have little tolerance for it and immediately respond to any reports of issues.
That is an active group on the beach as well called Ranger World, whose leaders monitor the area for unwanted behavior. Also, even with several thousand people in attendance, there’s still a tremendous amount of open strand. This allows everyone to spread out and minimize any disturbance to fellow beachgoers. Those who wish to drink or listen to music in groups can set up camp from the bulk of the bunch.
The under-40 age group is, in addition, well-represented, easily making up between one-third and one half of the weekend bunch on average. There’s also a noticeable presence of younger kids and families. As far as ethnicity, on a strictly percentage basis, many people who come to Gunnison are Caucasian.
But folks from other ethnic backgrounds also make a superb show of force. Lately, on teens nudists video on-line newsgroup, an African American girl inquired whether or not she should consider coming to the strand. She was worried that she would be the only African-American there, but nothing could be farther from the truth. African Americans likely compose the second-largest ethnic group at Gunnison, but the Asian and Hispanic communities are certainly represented also.
While public naked beaches can frequently be the Wild West of nudism, I advocate Gunnison to anyone who is thinking about going, irrespective of age, race or heritage. If your impression of the Jersey shore comes in the television show of the same name, you’re actually missing out on one of the pearls of nudism on the east coast. The water is clean, the people are amazing, and with the New York skyline visible in the distance what more could you require?
Unclothed Gunnison Beach NJ Sandy Hook Nude Beach [Source: geologycafe.com]
IF YOU GO: The naked beach is easily accessible from New York either by automobile or the aptly-named Seastreak ferry. There is no admission fee to the Gateway National Recreation Area, but there’s a $15-per-vehicle day-to-day parking fee. An endless-visit season parking pass can be bought for $75. The parking fee is collected from 7AM to 5PM.
Vehicles arriving outside of those hours would not have to pay (the place is open from 5AM to 10PM). The Park Service will shut the entry to the park once the lots fill up, which they do. On weekends during the summer, it truly is best to arrive at the park by 11AM. On pleasant days, the entry is often shut from 11AM to 3PM or later. Lifeguards are on duty from 10AM to 6PM. At 6PM, most people are required to escape the water before the lifeguards go off duty. But once the lifeguards leave, everyone is welcome to return to swimming (at their own danger, of course).
Booze is permitted, but not in glass containers. There exists a snack stand on the sand that sells http://nudenudist.com/tube/i-would-have-been-about-15-16-years-old-at-the-time/ limited selection of hot dogs, chips and non-alcoholic drinks. There is an identical snack stand at the entry to Gunnison.
If you need a sit-down meal, there’s one restaurant on Sandy Hook The Sea Gull’s Nest. They serve great regular sand/pub cuisine. They are often full during peak hours, though, so a late afternoon/early evening visit is advocated. There are other restaurants quite close to the entrance of the park if you need to dine before entering or after leaving.
It is a little walk in the Gunnison parking lot out to the sand (about 350 yards or so). Should you be bringing quite a bit of items (coolers, bags, etc.), you should consider bringing a proper strand cart with wide wheels to haul things.
The walk out to the beach is about 50 yards long it’s loose sand the remaining portion of the way. Standard carts with narrow wheels will immediately get stuck. Tents and umbrellas are permitted, and since there isn’t any other shelter on the strand it really is recommended that you bring something other than merely sunblock!
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Links:

National Park Service’s Gateway National Recreation Area
NPS Fee Schedule for Sandy Hook
Gunnison @ Wikipedia
1999 New Jersey Senate Bill 1912
Gunnison Beach forum
SeaStreak Ferry service
Sea Gull’s Nest restaurant
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Erik Jakobsen works in New York, lives in New Jersey and is an avid naturist for 25 years. He is a regular contributor to FKK’s sites.