By Steven Skelley and Thomas Routzong
What happens when you turn a North Carolina cattle ranch into a nudist haven? You get The Bar S Ranch - a thriving, 300 acre nudist resort with a seven acre lake stocked filled with bass and bream and miles of trails used for hikers, bikers, and golf carts.
We asked Bar S Ranch Co-owner / Manager Lynn M. to tell us more.
How would you describe your property in one sentence?
The Bar S Ranch offers over 300 acres of natural beauty, including miles of trails, a large lake, a swimming pool, two club houses and a sauna for guests and members to enjoy.
What is special about your nudist / naturist property and your guests?
Most guests are impressed by the vast amount of land at the Bar S Ranch. After following the winding road to the clubhouse/pool area, visitors often comment on the friendly atmosphere at the Ranch.
Everyone is given a brief tour of the facilities in the immediate area and introduced to others lounging by the pool. One of our primary goals is to make everyone feel welcome so that they will want to return.
Under new management and ownership,The Ranch is one of the few, if not only, nudist resorts that is owned solely by women. Having inherited the Bar S Ranch from the former owners, Lynn and Deb have made it their goal to renovate and remodel in order to insure the longevity of the Ranch. The Bar S has operated for 28 consecutive years with Lynn and Deb having total control for the last two years.
Membership has increased, cabins have sold, and visitor numbers hit record highs last season.
What accommodations are available at Bar S Ranch?
We have several rental units available at the Ranch, including a tree house cabin, two motel type rooms, and cabins located in an area called The Meadow, where the cabins owned by members are located.
Although the cabins are "dry", the bath house is located close to the rentals in The Meadow, and the bath facilities are close to the rooms and the Tree House.
We have an area called The Woods for RV camping and can accommodate RV's of any size. We have water and electric hook ups and a dump station for RV campers to use.
Tent camping is available and most choose to camp by the lake because it is in close proximity to the clubhouse area.
What activities and special events are available at Bar S Ranch?
We have an activities director who coordinates events.
Members may host an event and have it placed on the calendar.
On holidays such as Memorial Day, July 4th, and Labor Day, we have a DJ or band that play by the pool.
We celebrate National Nude Weekend with an open house and participation in the AANR Skinny Dip competition.
We have themed potlucks, birthday parties, Christmas in July and activities designed to engage people by the pool. Water volleyball is played as well as Giant Jenga and Corn Hole.
Golf cart rides on the miles and miles of trails are a favorite pastime. In the large clubhouse we have a pool table and a ping pong table.
In the small clubhouse, which is air conditioned, we have a big screen TV and WIFI connection.
During the off season after Labor Day, members still have access to the facilities.
We have Halloween parties, a Thanksgiving Feast, a New Year's Eve party.
Members often gather on weekends to play card or board games, eat or just watch TV.
Why is nudism / naturism an important and healthy choice?
The nudist lifestyle offers people the ability to relax in a natural environment sans clothes. Once the clothes come off, people realize that there is no judgment.
Although the primary attraction to a nudist resort has always been sunbathing, as society became more aware of the harmful effects of the sun, we had to find other activities to attract potential members.
We have lovely shaded areas, two gazebos in the pool area and umbrellas that can give sun worshipers a respite from the sun.
The camaraderie felt at the Ranch promotes a friendly atmosphere that relieves stress.
As we continue to grow, we hope to encourage others to participate in the nudist lifestyle.
For more information, visit http://www.bar-s-ranch.com/ or phone 336-394-4722.
Facebook users can also visit https://www.facebook.com/Bar-S-Ranch-174261686087227/
The Bar S Ranch is located at 313 Bar S. Trail, Reidsville, NC, 27320.