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Health Benefits of Hiking Beckley WV

Want to lose weight and get into shape? Don't diet, hike it. Cheaper than a health club, more accessible than a swimming pool, easier than riding a bike, less time-consuming than weight training and more stimulating than an hour on a treadmill, hiking is the number one way to get healthy-and stay that way. Want to lose weight and get into shape? Hiking is the number one way to get healthy. A camping vacation is an additional way to make it fun.

Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine Campground
(304) 256-1747
Beckley, WV
Campground Availability
Apr 01-Nov 01
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings
Recreation
Pool, Playground, Horseshoes, Tennis, Basketball, Volleyball, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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Plum Orchard Lake State Wildlife Mgmt. Area*
(304) 469-9905
Rt 1
Scarbo, WV
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Dump Station
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Wood
Recreation
Boating, Lake Fishing, Hiking Trails

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Twin Falls Resort SP*
(304) 294-4000
Rt 97
Mullens, WV
Campground Availability
Mid Apr-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Groceries
Recreation
Pool, Putting Green, Playground, Planned Group Activities, Tennis, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Hiking Trails

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Rifrafters Campground
(800) 421-7116, (304) 574-1065
Route 2 Box 140A
Fayetteville, WV
Campground Availability
6 Total Camp/RV Sites, 6 Electric and Water,
Services
Cabin Rentals,

East Fork Campground (COE-East Lynn Lake)
(304) 849-2355
East Lynn, WV
Campground Availability
13-May thru 9-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings
Recreation
Boating, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, Stream Fishing, Playground, Horseshoes, Volleyball, Sports Field, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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Lake Stephens Campground & Marina (Raleigh County Park)*
(304) 934-5323
1400 Lake Stephens Rd
Surveyor, WV
Campground Availability
Apr 15-Oct 15
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Patios, Laundry, Limited Groceries, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Pavilion, Coin Games, Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, Lake Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Horseshoes, Tennis, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field, Hiki

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Babcock SP*
(304) 438-3004
HC 35
Clifftop, WV
Campground Availability
mid Apr-Oct 15
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Wood, Laundry
Recreation
Pool, Boating, Lake Fishing, Stream Fishing, Playground, Shuffle Board Court, Horseshoes, Tennis, Basketball, Volleyball, Hiking Trails

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Bluestone SP*
(304) 466-2805
HC 78
Hinton, WV
Campground Availability
mid Apr-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Wood
Recreation
Rec Hall, Coin Games, Pool, Boating, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, Stream Fishing, Playground, Planned Group Activities, Volleyball, Hiking Trails

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Wapocoma Campground*
(304) 822-5528
HC 66 Box 11
Romney, WV
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Limited Groceries, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Pavilion, River Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, River Fishing, Playground, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field

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Monongahela NF (Summit Lake Campground)
(304) 846-2695
Richwood, WV
Campground Availability
10-Apr thru 30-Nov
Services
Non Flush
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Boating, Lake Fishing

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Health Benefits of Hiking

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Why Not Go Hiking to Lose Weight and Stay in Shape?

A Step in the Right Direction
By Gwyn Fletcher

Want to lose weight and get into shape? Don't diet, hike it. Cheaper than a health club, more accessible than a swimming pool, easier than riding a bike, less time-consuming than weight training and more stimulating than an hour on a treadmill, hiking is the number one way to get healthy-and stay that way. As the fitness craze continues to gain steam, it's not surprising that hiking is the fastest growing outdoor activity. According to the Sporting Goods Manufacturing Association Sports & Fitness Participation Report (2009), Americans remain very interested in outdoor sports in spite of economic woes. Leading outdoor activities are freshwater fishing (40.3 million), bicycling (38.1 million), camping (33.7 million), and day hiking (32.5 million).

Why is hiking winning the outdoor popularity contest? For starters, it's dirt cheap-literally. All you need is some ground to walk on and a sturdy pair of shoes that will support your ankles and serve as shock absorbers. Whether it's on a neighborhood trail or a mountain ridge, hiking is merely taking a walk on a foot path, and even that is open to your own interpretation. Unlike health clubs and private gyms, hiking requires no membership dues or monthly payments-you can even bring a friend along without purchasing a guest pass. And you don't have to go back to the same area every time, or pay a transfer fee if you want to try someplace new.

Hiking is also an accessible activity. For example, swimming is an excellent form of exercise, but it's pretty hard to do without a large body of water. And, once the temperature starts to drop, that swimming hole needs to be indoors, often bringing the cost up and the convenience level down even further. To go for a hike, the only place you need to get to is outdoors. Hiking is usually as close as a local park.

Just as you don't need any special equipment for hiking, you also don't need any special skills. Just put one foot in front of the other. As with any physical activity, if you're not currently following a regular fitness routine, you'll want to start out slow, taking leisurely strolls three or four times a week and gradually building your distance and rate. Your first step should always be a quick muscle stretch.

"Things will slow down next month, then I'll have time to get in shape." How many times have you heard that one, or said it yourself? Chances are, things aren't going to slow down. And the older we get, the higher our risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, arthritis, and other complications directly or indirectly linked to a lack of physical activity. It takes time to get in shape. In order to gain maximum benefits from a weight training program, you need to spend several hours a week pressing those bars and priming those muscles. Aerobics classes often last up to an hour as well. Unfortunately, time isn't something...

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