Located in rural Western New York an hour southwest of Rochester and an hour southeast of Buffalo, Jones Pond is located near picturesque Angelica, a nearby community.
In 2015 Jones Pond celebrated its 25th anniversary as a gay campground, though the property has been a campground for much longer. Jones Pond sets the standard for gay camping; it is a premier property and fosters a strong sense of gay community in its seasonal campers. Each block of seasonal campers hosts a block party in the summer, raising money for donation to local organizations. These events also serve to inculcate newcomers into the embracing culture. Being a stranger and being recognized serves the dual purpose of feeling included and wanting to come back for more. Many businesses of all kinds could learn from this simple tactic.
The park is a beautiful property from the moment of arrival at the store to register. Acres of lawn fall away to a line of stately pines that define the clothing optional demarcation line. Past the pines the land slopes gently, until Cardiac Hill, and is populated here and there with seasonal camps set on huge lots. Some lots are in full sun, some under the shade of an area of pines, some up a sloping reach almost surrounded by marsh. Below Cardiac Hill camps are set along a bold creek that flows through a viaduct serving as the bridge carrying the road up the far hillside. Set among the hardwoods of the hillside are camps carved out of the forest. Nature trails surround the hillside camps wandering from the bridge to an open sunny meadow at the top of the Fruit Loop.
Jones Pond features early season specials. The campground is open May through September. The huge pool is heated. The Barn, the social center of Jones Pond, got new sound equipment for the 2015 season opening. An entry gate now stands sentinel keeping the curious and gawkers from wandering the park.
Owners Bryan and Matt were instrumental along with Freedom Valley, Ohio, and Riverside, ON Canada, in beginning the Friends With Benefits program. FWB is an organization of gay campgrounds whose members offer half price memberships to campers who own a valid membership with another FWB member.
On a tour of gay campgrounds Jones Pond is not to be missed.
9835 Old State Road, Angelica, NY 14709-8729