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Health Benefits of Hiking Weirton WV

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.

Austin Lake Park and Campground*
(888) 249-5685
1002 Twp Highway 285A
Toronto, OH
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Control Access Gate, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Portable Dump
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Storage, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Groceries, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Pavilion, Coin Games, Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, Lake Fishing, Pond Fishing, Stream Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball
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Jefferson Lake State Park
(330) 222-1712
Richmond, OH
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Non Flush, Dump Station
Policies
Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Wood
Recreation
Pavilion, Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, Playground, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Sports Field, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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Beaver Creek State Park
(330) 385-3091
East Liverpool, OH
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Non Flush, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings
Recreation
Pavilion, Canoeing, River Fishing, Stream Fishing, Playground, Horseshoes, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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Austin Lake Park
(800) 421-7116, (740) 544-5253
1002 Twp Highway 285A
Toronto, OH
Campground Availability
200 Total Camp/RV Sites, 200 50 Amp Service, 200 Electric and Water, 80 Max RV Length, 50 No Hookups, 4 Pull-Thru Sites, 150 Sideouts,
Services
Dump Station, Group Area, Laundry, Pets Welcome,
Recreation
Boat Launch, Fishing, Golf Facilities, Nature Trails, Planned Activities, Playground, Swimming Pool, Water activities,

Tygart Lake SP*
(304) 265-6144
Rt 1
Grafton, WV
Campground Availability
mid Apr-mid Nov
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood
Recreation
Rec Hall, Equipped Pavilion, Coin Games, Lake Swimming, Boating, Lake Fishing, Playground, Shuffle Board Court, Planned Group Activities, Volleyball, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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Tomlinson Run SP
(304) 564-3651
New Manchester, WV
Campground Availability
Apr-Oct 31
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry
Recreation
Pavilion, Pool, Lake Swimming, Wading Pool, Boating, Pond Fishing, Stream Fishing, Playground, Mini Golf, Tennis, Basketball, Volleyball, Hiking Trails

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Raccoon Creek State Park
(724) 899-2200
Frankfort Springs, PA
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings
Recreation
Pavilion, Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, Lake Fishing, Stream Fishing, Playground, Hiking Trails

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Orchard Grove Campsites
(724) 495-7828
Beaver, PA
Campground Availability
1-May thru 15-Oct
Policies
No Motorcylists, Accomodates Big Rigs, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Wood, Laundry, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Golf Nearby

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Summer Wind RV Overnight Park
(540) 520-9935
Dawson, WV
Campground Availability
1-May thru 15-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Storage, Laundry

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Mountain Lake Campground & Cabins*
(877) 686-6222
1898 Summersville Airport Rd.
Summersville, WV
Campground Availability
Mar 01-Nov 01
Services
Control Access Gate, Escort to Site, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Portable Dump, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Groceries
Recreation
Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, Lake Swimming, Wading Pool, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, Lake Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Mini Golf, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf N

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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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