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Ralph Collinson

Ralph Collinson

Naturist Blogger

I have been a lifelong nudist starting in grade school in the 1950’s. During the first half of my life I enjoyed nude recreation on public lands in New England, Virginia and Florida. Upon moving to Florida my wife and I became associated with the North East Florida Naturists (NFN) and we were introduced to AANR and we are now lifetime members. I have been very active in AANR and naturist concerns in Florida over the last 15 years. I’m a past president and director of NFN. Past president (three terms) and director of AANR-Florida. Current Florida Member Trustee on the AANR Board. Over the last 10 years I have worked to enhance nude recreation in Florida. During this time, we have gained a new naturist beach and solidified our hold on several others. We have gained acceptance by the State of Florida as a special interest tourist industry with a significant monitory impact. We are active members of Visit Florida and just recently received a grant from the state to develop a e-Magazine marketing tool dedicated to attracting nudists worldwide to nude recreation in Florida. During my tenure in Florida we have been able to unify the various nudist organizations to speak with one voice. In addition to AANR I’m also a member of South Florida Free Beaches, First Coast Naturist, Northeast Florida Naturists and The Naturist Society.

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Way Down Upon the Suwannee River at a Nudist Resort


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Suwannee Valley Nudist Resort

When most people consider visiting Florida, they think sunny beaches and Disney resorts. However, Florida is much more, with geography as diverse as the Sunshine State’s population, tourism opportunities abound statewide. North East Florida is one of my favorite places to visit. The climate is more moderate, with changing seasons, majestic live oaks, rolling terrain, rivers, springs, hiking and bike trails and eco-tourism opportunities at every turn. One of my favorite places to visit is White Springs in Hamilton County.  It is a historical and rural community of approximately 800 residents about half way between Jacksonville and Tallahassee, just off of both I-10 and I-75, allowing easy access from any direction. White Springs has a downtown historical district that can be easily toured on foot.  The Florida Folk Festival is held annually on Memorial Day weekend at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park. Eco-tourism is featured at Big Shoals State Park with hiking, biking and birding trails and Hamilton County offers some of the best biking and kayaking in Florida.
 
Suwannee River Florida
 
Located just across the Suwannee River from the historic district is Suwannee Valley Nudist Resort (SVR) at 786 NW Stephen Foster Drive in White Springs. Suwannee Valley is one of Florida’s newest nudist resorts and was recently honored by the American Association for Nude Recreation (AANR) as the fastest growing AANR club for 2017. It is an over 21, AANR and The Naturist Society (TNS) compliant, full-service, clothing optional resort that is perfect for first time nudists as well as seasoned veterans. The owners, BG and Tom, pride themselves in offering the best service possible to their visitors by providing a safe and enjoyable clothing free environment.
 

They promote Suwannee Valley Resort as “North Florida’s Premier Clothing Optional Resort” and their motto is:
“Come as a guest……come back as a friend.”

 
This resort has everything, a large 40’x22’ pool that is heated in winter and chilled in summer with ample seating, tables and umbrellas.  A spa deck with a heated conversation pool that is great in the evenings. Over 90 spacious pull through RV sites on shaded lots with both 30A & 50A service. Cabin and RV rentals as well as tent camping. A brand new, full service restaurant with daily specials serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Food service is also available in the pool area. A spacious clubhouse with pool table, darts, a game area and TV. Live entertainment is featured on weekends and at special events. Enjoy water and court volleyball, water aerobics, hiking, wildlife (especially the many rabbits that live on the property), Petanque, horseshoes, firepit and shuffleboard. Clean showers are available pool side and in the club house bathroom along with laundry facilities.  SVR is pet friendly with a large fenced in dog park and it provides complementary Wi-Fi.
 
Suwannee Valley Resort Clubhouse
 
SVR goes out of its way to provide guests with a fun filled experience. Most weekends have theme events. Check out their web site www.SuwanneeValleyResort.com or their Face Book page for what is scheduled. SVR is owned by a US Navy veteran and prides itself in supporting retired and active military as well as all first responders, offering special events and discounts. SVR is in the process of building their Wall of Honor. It will be a focal point in the community just inside the front gate near the entrance to the clubhouse and office. They are currently taking orders for bricks ($75.00) which will be used in the construction of the Wall of Honor. It is a great opportunity to honor those who have served in the military, police or fire/EMS.
 
Among local nudists, Suwannee is best known for their outstanding customer service, attention to detail and friendliness of staff. On Google Trip Reviews they have received a 4.7 rating on a scale of 5.  I was impressed with the glowing feedback such as “SVR rocks, staff is epic, could not have asked for a better time, we will be back”. Several people complimented the long pull through sites especially suitable for RV’s with tow vehicles. Many liked the peacefulness of the resort reporting that it was “quiet, relaxing and restful”. I was also surprised at the number of people who had visited as first-time nudists who reported a very positive experience. Many reported that they were impressed with the friendliness of the members and professionalism of the staff making one feel welcome as soon as they came through the door, creating a great “atmosphere”. Several commented on the high quality of the food and one said he ate the “best cheeseburger he ever had”.
 
Suwannee Valley Resort Overnight Cabins
 
Suwannee Valley Nudist Resort is a gem tucked away in a very scenic part of the state. It is located right on the Suwannee River with access for fishing or just sitting and watching the wildlife. The area is terrific  for daytime excursions and exploring. The famous Florida Trail runs right outside of the resort giving visitors the opportunity to hike or bike through one of the prettiest parts of Florida. Kayak rentals and escorted trips are available within a mile of the resort. Visit their web site or give them a call at 386-487-4996 to visit for a day or set up your stay.
 

Author

Ralph Collinson

Ralph Collinson

Naturist Blogger

I have been a lifelong nudist starting in grade school in the 1950’s. During the first half of my life I enjoyed nude recreation on public lands in New England, Virginia and Florida. Upon moving to Florida my wife and I became associated with the North East Florida Naturists (NFN) and we were introduced to AANR and we are now lifetime members. I have been very active in AANR and naturist concerns in Florida over the last 15 years. I’m a past president and director of NFN. Past president (three terms) and director of AANR-Florida. Current Florida Member Trustee on the AANR Board. Over the last 10 years I have worked to enhance nude recreation in Florida. During this time, we have gained a new naturist beach and solidified our hold on several others. We have gained acceptance by the State of Florida as a special interest tourist industry with a significant monitory impact. We are active members of Visit Florida and just recently received a grant from the state to develop a e-Magazine marketing tool dedicated to attracting nudists worldwide to nude recreation in Florida. During my tenure in Florida we have been able to unify the various nudist organizations to speak with one voice. In addition to AANR I’m also a member of South Florida Free Beaches, First Coast Naturist, Northeast Florida Naturists and The Naturist Society.

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