Black Bear Camp Men’s Retreat in Alabama is closing after 17 years.
John Bales, owner and founder of the resort for gay men, has decided to move on from the venture he started 17 years ago. Bales said;
Of all the things I have done in my life, providing this resource for other gay men is one of the proudest.
The 33-acre facility is clothing optional and has upheld a long list of rules and responsibilities each guest must follow. The facility has 10-foot ceilings throughout the lodge and a roofed veranda encompassing 2,400 square feet. It also has many primitive camping and hiking trails. They also had spring water available, which they claim was as good as any water you could buy.
The camp was the first of its kind in Alabama when it opened in 1996. However, in 2008, the economy drastically affected their business. The owners hope someone who wants to reopen the facility will purchase the property and give it the facelift it needs.