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Health Benefits of Hiking Fredericksburg VA

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.

KOA-Fredericksburg/Washington DC*
(800) 562-1889
7400 Brookside Lane
Fredericksburg, VA
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Escort to Site, 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, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Groceries, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, Boating, Pond Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Bike Rentals, Horseshoes, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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Wilderness Presidential Resorts
(540) 972-7471
Spotsylvania, VA
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Portable Dump
Policies
Control Access Gate, Family Camp, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Ice, Laundry, Limited Grocery, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Pavilion, Pool, Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, Lake Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Mini Golf, Shuffle Board Court, Horseshoes, Tennis, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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MILITARY PARK (Fort A.P. Hill Campground)
(804) 633-8219
Bowling Green, VA
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Laundry
Recreation
Rec Hall, Pavilion, Pool, Boating, Pond Fishing, Tennis, Volleyball, Hiking Trails

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Fredericksburg/Washington DC KOA
(800) 421-7116, (540) 898-7252
7400 Brookside Lane
Fredericksburg, VA
Campground Availability
117 Total Camp/RV Sites, 117 Electric and Water, 36 Full Hookups, 45 Max RV Length, 40 Pull-Thru Sites,
Services
Cable TV, Dump Station, Group Area, Handicapped Restroom Facilities, Internet Access at Site, Internet Access at Specific Locations in Park, Laundry, Propane, Store, WiFi,
Recreation
Arcade/Game room, Boating, Canoe Rentals, Fishing, Kayak Rentals, Non-motorized Boat Rentals, Playground, Swimming Pool,

Spring Gardens Mobile Home Park*
(804) 732-8908
2178 County Drive
Petersburg, VA
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Policies
Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Laundry
Recreation
Pool, Horseshoes, Volleyball

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Aquia Pines Camp Resort*
(540) 659-3447
3071 Jefferson Davis Hwy
Stafford, VA
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Escort to Site, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Groceries, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Room, Pavilion, Pool, Playground, Mini Golf, Basketball, Golf Nearby

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MILITARY PARK (Lunga Park Quantico-Marine Base)
(703) 784-5270
Quantico, VA
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Non Flush
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood
Recreation
Pavilion, Boating, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, Playground, Volleyball, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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Prince William Forest Park-NPS (Oak Ridge)
(703) 221-7181
Triangle, VA
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Wood
Recreation
Lake Fishing, Stream Fishing, Planned Group Activities, Hiking Trails

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Aquia Pines Camp Resort
(800) 421-7116, (540) 659-3447
3071 Jefferson Davis Highway
Stafford, VA
Campground Availability
125 Total Camp/RV Sites, 68 30 Amp Service, 35 50 Amp Service, 125 Electric and Water, 80 Full Hookups, 45 Max RV Length, 90 Pull-Thru Sites, 17 Tent Sites,
Services
Cabin Rentals,

Lake A. Willis Robertson (Rockbridge County Park)
(540) 463-4164
Collierstown, VA
Campground Availability
1-Apr thru 30-Nov
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Control Access Gate
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry
Recreation
Pavilion, Pool, Boating, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, Playground, Horseshoes, Tennis, Volleyball, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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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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