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Health Benefits of Hiking Starkville MS

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.

Town Creek Campground (COE-Tennessee/Tombigbee Waterway)
(662) 494-4885
Columbus, MS
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Laundry
Recreation
Pavilion, Lake Swimming, Boating, Lake Fishing, River Fishing, Playground, Volleyball, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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Elvis Presley Lake & Campground (County Park)
(601) 841-1304
Tupelo, MS
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Control Access Gate
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings
Recreation
Pavilion, Boating, Lake Fishing, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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Gulf Islands National Seashore (Davis Bayou Area)
(228) 875-3962
Ocean Springs, MS
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills
Recreation
Pavilion, Boating, Saltwater Fishing, Playground, Planned Group Activities, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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Dunn's Falls Water Park (Pat Harrison Waterway District)
(601) 655-8550
Enterprise, MS
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, River Fishing, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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Deer Run Lakes Hunting and Camping Resort
(601) 598-2282
Brooklyn, MS
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry
Recreation
Rec Room, Pool, Lake Fishing, Pond Fishing, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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Shiloh Estates RV Park*
(601) 892-5050
1008 Shiloh Run
Crystal Springs, MS
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Policies
Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Laundry

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Holly Springs National Forest (Chewalla Lake Campground)
(662) 236-6550
Holly Springs, MS
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Wood
Recreation
Pavilion, Lake Swimming, Boating, Lake Fishing, Playground

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Bienville National Forest (Marathon Campground)
(601) 469-3811
Forest, MS
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills
Recreation
Pavilion, Lake Swimming, Boating, Lake Fishing, Hiking Trails

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Lake Lowndes SP*
(662) 328-2110
3319 Lake Lowndes Rd
Columbus, MS
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Wood, Laundry
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Equipped Pavilion, Coin Games, Lake Swimming, Boating, Lake Fishing, Playground, Bike Rentals, Planned Group Activities, Tennis, Basketball, Volleyball, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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Dry Creek Water Park (Pat Harrison Waterway District)
(601) 797-4619
Mount Olive, MS
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Control Access Gate
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Wood
Recreation
Pavilion, Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, Playground, 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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