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Healthy Living: Hiking and Walking Trails

Hiking and Walking Trails - Communities with Hiking and Walking TrailsThe moments that stand out are those that are spent in movement: photographing the Great Falls, traveling through the Ruby Caves, climbing trees, and hosting picnics. What better place to do this than a community whose priorities lay most with getting their residents up and out under the sunshine?

The desire to get up and get moving is born afresh at the New Year, calling people outside to mark goals off of their bucket lists and smell the brand new 2015 air. It’s a great time to look into these retirement communities who agree with this resolution: to be active. Many of these communities host a variety of functions dedicated to the outdoors: state-of-the-art fitness centers with a wide range of classes; Olympic pools perfect for taking a few laps; tennis courts for getting heart rates up while playing a game or two; constructing lush walking and hiking trails for a natural approach at exercise.

These nature trails are often the biggest call for families and couples and singles who want to explore. The loveliness of walking up for a morning stroll, or a sunset hike, or a lunch in a hidden spot under the shade of the trails has an irresistible beauty. It’s nature that allows for the simplest kind of bonding whether it be seeing an exotic bird or laughing at ants with too much to carry on their backs. Knowing this, communities with walking trails keep their pathways clear and free for all patrons to enjoy. They keep their woodlands pristine and expand the trails whenever needed. In an effort to make activity easy, communities plan events for entire neighborhoods to enjoy.

So, for the New Year, why not look for a place to call home that takes pride in keeping its residents up and moving. After all, that’s where the best memories are made and the most beautiful things are hidden. Below are five communities that keep their residents moving with miles of hiking trails.

Eastman Community Association, located in Grantham, New Hampshire, is not a place for the mundane. Because of the temperate climate, Eastman has a dedication to nature and the outdoors, beginning with 37,000 miles of cross-country hiking trails available for adventurers. Grab a pair of good walking shoes and a friend, and hit the trails.

Lake Ridge in Tega Cay, South Carolina, centers on homeowners with a desire to keep active. The master-planned community spans 150-acres of open space preserved by forested greenways with a walking community design. Since walking is a main focus, the community itself has two miles of walking trails, and plans to connect them to the extensive trail system in Tega Cay.

Club at Hammock Beach, located in Palm Coast, Florida, is one of the State’s best examples of southern resort living. This community also wants to keep its residents moving and enjoying the outdoors. With 125 miles of hiking trails, it allows neighbors to hit the trails in the warm Florida sunshine.

Montesa at Gold Canyon is a resort-style retirement community for those over 55. For those who want to get out and enjoy the Arizonian sun and native terrain, miles of walking and biking trails lace the community. The popular Knolls Hiking Trail is amongst the most walked, and don’t forget to explore the nearby Superstition Mountains for a more adventurous hike.

Hot Springs Village is an Arkansas retirement community dedicated to outdoor sport and personalized living. The temperate climate of the state creates the perfect atmosphere to get out and about and walk alongside nature. Hot Springs Village’s 30 miles of hiking trails allows you to do just that, so find a neighbor and get out and explore the beautiful Ouachita Mountain surroundings of this community.


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Lakewood Ranch | Best Places to Live in Florida

Lakewood Ranch | Best Places to Live in Florida

Lakewood Ranch, Florida

At Lakewood Ranch, it's all about the good life. Health, family, and fun are the focus. And, there's an activity to fit every lifestyle. The community hosts 54 holes of golf, a country club with two clubhouses, and tennis and athletic centers. Additionally, it's home to the Sarasota Polo Club and seven world-class polo fields. Lake Ranch polo tournaments attract players from around the world. Still, the list continues with a 75-acre premier sports campus, A-rated schools, and a hospital and preventative medical clinic.
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Black Creek Chattanooga

Black Creek Chattanooga

Chattanooga,

At Black Creek, we are building a community that embraces all that has been forgotten about what defines a life well-lived. Imagine access to 1000s of acres of protected land just footsteps from your door while living just 10 minutes from downtown Chattanooga, where shopping, dining, entertainment as well as top hospitals are quickly within reach.
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Rarity Bay

Rarity Bay

Vonore, Tennessee

Rarity Bay on Tellico Lake is an award-winning gated lakefront community that combines waterfront living with mountain views and amenities that include a country club, championship golf course, tennis and pickleball facilities, swimming pool, community docks, horseback riding, hiking trails, and more. Come be a part of it and make the majestic Smoky Mountains and serene, clear waters of Tellico Lake the backdrop for your vacation home, second residence or forever home.
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Tennessee National - Tennessee Gated Communities

Tennessee National - Tennessee Gated Communities

Loudon, Tennessee

Tennessee National is one of East Tennessee's premier gated waterfront golf communities. Nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, the community offers a range of homesites and styles to suit your distinctive taste.
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West Villages Florida

West Villages Florida

Venice, Florida

West Villages Florida is a vibrant new gated community in West Villages, Florida that offers new homes and resort-style amenities. Located in the fast-growing, master-planned community of West Villages, we offer new homes that will complement this beautiful Sarasota County area. Get ready to enjoy the Southwest Florida lifestyle and great weather all year long. Choose from an array of thoughtfully-designed Paired Villas and Single Family Homes with unique curb appeal. Amenities will include a clubhouse, pool, tennis, pickleball, bocce, full-time Activities Director and events, parks and more. You'll love living just minutes to Downtown Venice, award-winning beaches and I-75. Quick move-in homes are available.
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Vista at Bill's Mountain - North Carolina Gated Community

Vista at Bill's Mountain - North Carolina Gated Community

Lake Lure, North Carolina

Perfectly shaped since the beginning of time, Bill's Mountain is your chance to experience the picturesque town of Lake Lure. Every contour...every pristine ridge of this Lake Lure property offers incomparable views Western North Carolina. Set just five minutes from Lake Lure's crystal blue waters in Rutherford County, Bill's Mountain's 800 spectacular acres invites you to reconnect with family and friends, nature and the spirit within you.
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Hilton Head Lakes — Retire to the Lowcountry

Hilton Head Lakes — Retire to the Lowcountry

Hardeeville, South Carolina

Whether you?re looking to relocate permanently for that well-deserved retirement or a weekend retreat, you can find your dreams fulfilled at Hilton Head Lakes.
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Retire NC

Retire NC

Cary, North Carolina

From four distinct seasons to its geographic diversity and welcoming communities, North Carolina draws those seeking retirement options that feed the senses and the soul. Retiring to North Carolina is like coming home...
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Stonecroft Village

Stonecroft Village

Womelsdorf, Pennsylvania

The 55+ community of Stonecroft Village, set in the beautiful Tulpehocken Creek Valley of Berks County, PA, was designed with relaxation, natural beauty, and recreation in mind, to be enjoyed alongside neighbors 55 and over at a similar stage in life.
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Bayside

Bayside

Selbyville, Delaware

Bayside is an award-winning classic beach resort community developed by the regionally renowned Carl M. Freeman Companies. Tree-lined streets showcase a community of stunning homes - all inspired by the New England coastal towns. Our Bayside community is ideally nestled in this quiet resort town with access to all that it has to offer. As one of Delaware's finest coastal destinations, Fenwick Island is beautifully serene but with plenty to do. Once you're here, you might notice your cares melting away as the beaches of Fenwick Island call your name.
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Port Ludlow

Port Ludlow

Port Ludlow, Washington

Port Ludlow is a resort-style community located on the shores of the Puget Sound, just a 30-minute ferry ride away from Seattle, Washington. Port Ludlow is close enough to the city, but far enough to enjoy an active and tranquil lifestyle. With views of the Olympic Mountains, a bustling social life, waterfront inn, and myriad of recreational amenities, the community has regularly been ranked as one of the top ten neighborhoods in the U.S.
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Villages of Citrus Hills - Florida Gated Communities

Villages of Citrus Hills - Florida Gated Communities

Hernando, Florida

Terra Vista is among Florida's most amenity rich country club lifestyles set in unique surroundings characterized by rolling hills and towering oaks.
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The Isles of Collier Preserve - Florida Gated Communities

The Isles of Collier Preserve - Florida Gated Communities

Naples, Florida

Nestled within a pristine natural setting just minutes from downtown Naples and the vibrant 5th Avenue shopping and dining district, Florida's preeminent homebuilder is creating a colorful update of classic coastal living. Inspired by the timeless architecture and traditions of Old Naples, elegant new Minto homes will overlook miles of scenic kayak and biking trails.
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Brunswick Forest - A North Carolina Coastal Retirement Community

Brunswick Forest - A North Carolina Coastal Retirement Community

Leland, North Carolina

Brunswick Forest, the Coastal South's fastest growing community, is located on North Carolina's Cape Fear coast, just minutes from historic Wilmington. This 4,500-acre retreat features a wide array of neighborhoods and lifestyles, 18 holes of golf at Cape Fear National, a Clubhouse, River Club, Fitness & Wellness Center, parks and more than 100 miles of walking, biking and nature trails linking residences and amenities.
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LakePark at Tradition - Florida 55+ Communities

LakePark at Tradition - Florida 55+ Communities

Port St. Lucie, Florida

This new age restricted community offers luxury single-family and villa homes in Port St. Lucie, one of the "Top 10 Best Places to Retire" in the U.S. according to Portfolio.com. Capturing the heart of small town America while offering resort-style amenities to create a maintenance-free, vacation inspired lifestyle.
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