Mystic Oaks (McConville)

Mystic Oaks is a rustic, historic nudist encampment in the mountains above Lake Elsinore, up the old Ortega Highway. It has always had permanent residents as well as visitors.

Mystic Oaks was established at its present location in 1934 by Hobart and Lura Glassey and Pete McConville. It was originally called Olympic Fields. In 1954 Pete McConville sold it to members Wally and Flo Nilson, who named it McConville in his honor. Flo Nilson still owns the grounds, but recently her son Ole and his wife Gale have taken over management.

The younger Nilsons converted the facility from a traditional nudity-expected nudist resort to the clothing optional environment that seems to attract younger families today. They also renamed the site Mystic Oaks, as a way to symbolize the change, and to richly describe the experience of the place.

I am sure this was the first nudist resort I ever visited, as a member of Alicia Lloyd's old Acacia Club, in the mid-1960's. I have not been there for many years, but I hear and read of so much new that I might not recognize it. Two friends now live at Mystic Oaks, and I hope to visit again some time soon.

The club's web site has information on this resort.

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