If you’re ready to spend time outside enjoying nature and the beauty of our area, while getting some exercise, Hiking for Health is definitely be for you! Hiking for Health is described by Amy Dearfield-Hannah, Community Resource Director for Williamson Health and Wellness Center, as a project to “engage individuals and families to be more physically active while also promoting a sense of community.” This guided hiking program will have you out with friends and family enjoying the mountains across our area this fall.
What is Hiking for Health?
Hiking for Health is a partnership between Healthy in the Hills, the Convention and Visitors Bureaus for Matewan, Delbarton, and the Tug Valley Area, and Mingo County Fresh Start. Organizers with Healthy in the Hills noticed that many people have taken up hiking during the pandemic, and they thought it would be a perfect opportunity to introduce a guided hike series to the community.
Organizers have identified seven hiking trails to highlight for this program. Trails to Death Rock, Castle Rock and Picnic Rock are located in the Williamson area, the Flying Squirrel trail is at Laurel Lake Wildlife Management Area near Lenore,the Historic Matewan Trail is in Matewan, Hell’s Knob is located in Delbarton, and Devil’s Backbone is in the Red Jacket area. Thirty hikes are scheduled between October 3 and November 7, and everyone who does at least five of the seven trails will receive a prize of either a hiking backpack or hiking poles.
Hiking for Physical & Mental Health
Amy is excited about Hiking For Health because it will offer something for everyone. She says, “We have everyone covered. From beginning to experienced hikers, and this is a physical activity that families can do together.” Amy feels that this event will help improve participants' mental health, as well as their physical wellbeing. “I know that everyone is feeling stressed these days, and the hiking series is a good way to work on our mental health as well as the physical.”
To learn more or sign up for the free Hiking for Health program, check out their Facebook page!
Keep in mind registration is required for the hikes. The eventbrite registration links are listed on the event page. Stay up to date with everything happening with Healthy in the Hills by following them on Facebook!
Cover photo is a view from Death Rock provided by Jessica Browning
Article photos from Health in the Hills