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Health Benefits of Hiking Bluefield 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.

Ashland West Virginia ATV Resort
(304) 862-2322
Ashland, WV
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Escort to Site, Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Grocery, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Pavilion, Playground, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Hiking Trails

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Ashland ATV Resort
(800) 421-7116, (304) 862-2322
HC 76 Box 681
Northfork, WV
Campground Availability
77 Total Camp/RV Sites, 4 20 Amp Service, 20 30 Amp Service, 19 50 Amp Service, 50 Higher Amp Service, 77 Electric and Water, 27 Full Hookups, 99 Max RV Length, 7 No Hookups, 22 Pull-Thru Sites, 23 Total Rental Units, 43 Sideouts, 11 Tent Sites,
Services
BBQ Pits, Cable TV, Dump Station, Firewood, Group Area, Handicapped Restroom Facilities, Ice, WiFi Parkwide, Laundry, Pavilion, Pets Welcome, Propane, Showers, Store, Cabin Rentals, internet access at specific locations in park,
Recreation
Basket Ball, Biking Trails, Bird Watching, Fishing, Flyfishing, Hiking Trails, Horse Shoes, Nature Trails, Picnic Area, Planned Activities, Playground,

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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State Fair of West Virginia Campground
(304) 645-1090
Lewisburg, WV
Campground Availability
Open All Year
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, Laundry
Recreation
Pavilion, Playground, Golf Nearby, Sports Field

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Krodel Park (City Park)
(304) 675-1068
Point Pleasant, WV
Campground Availability
1-Apr thru 31-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry
Recreation
Rec Room, Equipped Pavilion, Boating, Lake Fishing, Playground, Mini Golf, Basketball, Sports Field, REC Open to Public

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Camp Creek SP
(304) 425-9481
Camp Creek, WV
Campground Availability
Mid Apr-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Clubs Welcome
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry
Recreation
Stream Fishing, Play Equipment, Shuffle Board Court, Basketball, Volleyball, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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Blackwater Falls SP
(304) 259-5216
Davis, WV
Campground Availability
Last Weekend of Apr-Oct 31
Services
Control Access Gate, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Clubs Welcome
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry
Recreation
Rec Hall, Coin Games, Lake Swimming, Boating, River Fishing, Play Equipment, Bike Rentals, Planned Group Activities, Tennis, Basketball, Volleyball, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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Summersville Lake Retreat
(888) 872-5580
Summersville, WV
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Storage, Fire Rings, Wood
Recreation
Pavilion, Playground, Horseshoes, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field, Hiking Trails, Local Tours

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Whisper Mountain Campground & RV Park
(304) 452-9723
Weston, WV
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Storage, Fire Rings, Ice, Laundry, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Rec Room, Pavilion, Pool, Pond Fishing, Playground, Volleyball, Hiking Trails

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Berwind Lake WMA*
(304) 875-2577
Rt 16
Warriormine, WV
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Policies
Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills
Recreation
Pavilion, Pool, Boating, Lake Fishing, Hiking Trails

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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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