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Health Benefits of Hiking Fitzgerald GA

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.

Paulk Park RV Park & Campground
(229) 426-5050
Fitzgerald, GA
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Family Camp, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Laundry
Recreation
Pavilion, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, Pond Fishing, Golf Nearby

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Hesters Ferry Camp Area (COE - J. Strom Thurmond Lake)
(706) 359-2746
Lincolnton, GA
Campground Availability
1-Apr thru 29-Sep
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Control Access Gate
Additional Facilities
Grills
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Boating, Lake Fishing, Playground

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Raysville Bridge Camp Area (COE - J. Strom Thurmond Lake)
(706) 595-6759
Thomson, GA
Campground Availability
1-Mar thru 30-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Control Access Gate
Additional Facilities
Grills
Recreation
Pavilion, Lake Swimming, Boating, Lake Fishing, Playground, Sports Field

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Atlanta-Marietta RV Resort*
(877) 727-5787
1031 Wylie Rd SE
Marietta, GA
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, Ice, Patios, Laundry, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Pool, Golf Nearby

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Parkwood RV Park & Cottages
(912) 681-3105
Statesboro, GA
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Policies
Accomodates Big Rigs, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Ice, Laundry
Recreation
Rec Hall, Pool, Planned Group Activities, Golf Nearby

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River Forks Park and Campground
(770) 531-3952
Gainesville, GA
Campground Availability
1-Mar thru 31-Dec
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, No Motorcylists, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood
Recreation
Rec Room, Lake Swimming, Boating, Lake Fishing, Playground, Horseshoes, Volleyball

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Flint River KOA
(229) 246-5802
Bainbridge, GA
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Accomodates Big Rigs, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Grocery, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Pavilion, Pool, Boating, Play Equipment, Mini Golf, Horseshoes, Golf Nearby

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Jekyll Island Campground*
(866) 658-3021
1197 Riverview Dr
Jekyll Island, GA
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, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Groceries, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Room, Salt Water Swimming, Saltwater Fishing, Lake Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Bike Rentals, Horseshoes, Tennis, Sprayground, Golf Nearby, Hiking Trails, Local Tours

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Forest Glen Mobile Home & RV Park*
(770) 228-3399
218 Glade Rd
Jackson, GA
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, Laundry
Recreation
Rec Room, Pool, Golf Nearby

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Shoal Creek Camping Area (COE-Lake Sidney Lanier)
(770) 945-9541
Buford, GA
Campground Availability
31-Mar thru 15-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Wood, Laundry
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, Playground, Basketball

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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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