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Health Benefits of Hiking Covington KY

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.

Steamboat Bend (Hamilton County Park)*
(513) 851-2267
8401 Steamboat Dr
Cincinnati, OH
Campground Availability
Apr 01-Oct 31
Services
Dump Station, Portable Dump
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings
Recreation
Pavilion, River Fishing

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Indian Springs Campground*
(888) 550-9244
3306 State Line Rd
North Bend, OH
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Coin Games, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, Lake Fishing, Playground, Horseshoes

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Oak Creek Campground
(859) 485-9131
Walton, KY
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Portable Dump, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Groceries
Recreation
Rec Room, Equipped Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, Stream Fishing, Playground, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Hiking Trails

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Little Farm on the River Camping Resort*
(812) 438-4500
1343 E Bellview Lane
Rising Sun, IN
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, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Full Service Store, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Equipped Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, River Fishing, Pond Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Mini Golf, Shuffle Board Court, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basket

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Boone''s Landing
(800) 421-7116, (859) 384-9800
14036 Boat Dock Road
Union, KY
Campground Availability
24 Total Camp/RV Sites, 24 Electric and Water, 3 Electric Only, 1 Rental Units, 1 Total Rental Units, 20 Tent Sites,
Services
Cabin Rentals, Firewood, Ice, Pavilion, Store,
Recreation
Boating, Boat Launch, Canoe Rentals, Fishing, Nature Trails,

Winton Woods Campground (Hamilton County Park)*
(513) 851-2267
10245 Winton Rd
Cincinnati, OH
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Clubs Welcome
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Groceries
Recreation
Pavilion, Canoeing, Kayaking, Lake Fishing, Playground, Bike Rentals, Basketball, Volleyball, Sprayground, Golf Nearby, Hiking Trails

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Big Bone Lick State Park
(859) 384-3522
Walton, KY
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Ice, Laundry, Grocery
Recreation
Rec Hall, Pavilion, Pool, Stream Fishing, Playground, Mini Golf, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Tennis, Basketball, Volleyball, Hiking Trails

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Miami Whitewater Forest Campground (Hamilton County Park)*
(513) 367-9632
9001 Mt Hope Rd
Harrison, OH
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Clubs Welcome
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood
Recreation
Lake Fishing, Playground, Bike Rentals, Volleyball, Sprayground, Golf Nearby, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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Indian Springs Campground
(800) 421-7116, (513) 353-9244
3306 State Line Road
North Bend, OH
Campground Availability
73 Total Camp/RV Sites, 73 Electric and Water, 80 Max RV Length, 13 Pull-Thru Sites, 73 Sideouts,
Services
Dump Station, Group Area, Internet Access at Specific Locations in Park, Pets Welcome, Phone Service at Site, Propane, Store,
Recreation
Boat Launch, Equestrian Friendly, Fishing, Golf Facilities, Mini Golf, Nature Trails, Swimming Pool,

Fishing Creek Public Use Area (COE-Lake Cumberland)
(606) 679-5174
Somerset, KY
Campground Availability
18-Apr thru 24-Sep
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Laundry, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Boating, Lake Fishing, Playground

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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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