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Health Benefits of Hiking Leitchfield 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.

Wax Site (COE-Nolin River Lake)
(270) 242-7578
Leitchfield, KY
Campground Availability
Mid Apr thru Late Sep
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Control Access Gate, Partial Handicap Access, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Grocery
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Boating, Lake Fishing, Putting Green, Playground, Planned Group Activities

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Moutardier (COE-Nolin River Lake)
(270) 286-4230
Leitchfield, KY
Campground Availability
Mid Apr thru Late Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, Playground, Planned Group Activities, Hiking Trails

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Axtel Campground (COE - Rough River Lake)
(270) 257-2061
Mcdaniels, KY
Campground Availability
3rd Fri in Apr thru 3rd Sun in Sep
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Pavilion, Lake Swimming, Boating, Lake Fishing, Playground, Shuffle Board Court, Horseshoes, Volleyball

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Cave Creek (COE-Rough River Lake)
(270) 879-4304
Falls Of Rough, KY
Campground Availability
3rd Fri in Apr thru 3rd Sun in Sep
Services
Non Flush, Dump Station
Policies
Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Wood
Recreation
Boating, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, Playground, Hiking Trails

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Laurel Branch Campground (COE- Rough River Lake)
(270) 257-8839
Mcdaniels, KY
Services
Non Flush, Dump Station
Policies
Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Boating, Lake Fishing, Playground, Horseshoes, Hiking Trails

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Dog Creek (COE - Nolin River Lake)
(270) 524-5454
Leitchfield, KY
Campground Availability
Mid Apr thru Late Sep
Services
Non Flush, Dump Station
Policies
Control Access Gate, Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Boating, Lake Fishing, Playground, Hiking Trails

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Nolin Lake State Park
(270) 286-4240
Leitchfield, KY
Campground Availability
Mar thru Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Grocery
Recreation
Pavilion, Lake Swimming, Boating, Lake Fishing, Playground, Hiking Trails

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Rough River Dam State Resort Park
(606) 636-6450
Falls Of Rough, KY
Campground Availability
1-Apr thru 31-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Ice, Wood, Laundry
Recreation
Pavilion, Lake Swimming, Boating, Lake Fishing, Playground, Mini Golf, Shuffle Board Court, Planned Group Activities, Tennis, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Hiking Trails

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North Fork (Corps of Enigneers-Rough River Lake)
(270) 257-8139
Mcdaniels, KY
Campground Availability
1-May thru Mid Sep
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Pavilion, Lake Swimming, Boating, Lake Fishing, Playground, Horseshoes, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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Mammoth Cave Horse Camp
(800) 421-7116, (888) 682-3958
2578 Ollie Rd.
Mammoth Cave, KY
Campground Availability
50 Total Camp/RV Sites, 50 50 Amp Service, 50 Electric and Water,
Services
Dump Station, Firewood, Handicapped Restroom Facilities, Ice, Pavilion, Pets Welcome, Store,
Recreation
Biking Trails, Bird Watching, Equestrian Friendly, Hiking Trails, Nature 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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