Why Hiking is Beneficial

By Sherry Ziesenheim 
GreenEriePA Writer


Why should I hike?

Hiking trips cost less than road trips

Sight-seeing on foot is priceless

Hiking conserves fossil fuels (unleaded gas, diesel, etc.)

Along with an environmental/economic benefit, hiking has excellent health benefits

A 200 pound person burns an average of 500 calories/hour

Lowers your risk for cardiovascular problems

Reduces blood pressure, cholesterol, and fat

Helps with mental processes and controlling body weight while also helping to prevent osteoporosis

Additional Resources:

Presque Isle State Park: Includes information about Presque Isle State Park discussing the beaches and trails along with activities that can be done at the park.

Hiking Near Erie, PA: This site includes links to hiking locations in the Erie area at Glenwood, Lawrence Park, Wintergreen Gorge (near Penn State Behrend), and Erie Bluffs State Park.

Winter Green Gorge: Includes reviews of the Wintergreen Gorge trail.