Outdoor Programs

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Join us for a guided outdoor trip, class or program.  Whatever you choose, get out and enjoy it! Check out the calendar of events

For active adults over 55+ check out these outdoor recreation events just for you!

Do you have a group that would like a private adventure or custom outdoor program? We can help - contact us!


Get hiking on local hikes around Burlington, Alamance County and beyond! Expect natural surface trails, rolling terrain with a few steep hills and a moderate pace. Wear comfortable walking shoes (closed-toed) or boots. Bring a water bottle, bug spray & sunscreen. Hikes generally last between 1.5-2 hours. All ages welcome, but minors must be accompanied by an adult. Well mannered dogs also welcome!
Free, but registration required!

Fall Foliage Hike Sunday, October 28 at 1:30 pm
Guilford Mackintosh Park & Marina - 1345 NC HWY 61, Whitsett | 3 miles

Saturday, November 10 at 2 pm
Shallow Ford Natural Area - 1955 Gerringer Mill Rd. Burlington | 3 miles

Saturday, November 17 at 2 pm
Eno River State Park - Bobbitt's Hole Parking Area - 4300 Old Cole Mill Rd. Durham, NC 27712
Hike about 3 miles on the Dunnagan and Pea Creek Trails. Transportation available for $5/person leaving the Kernodle Senior Center in Burlington at 1 pm.
Register soon!

Saturday, December 8 at 2 pm
Haw River Trail - Longmeadow Trail Head - 1120 Valley Dr. Graham | 3.5 miles

Christmas Hike Saturday 12/22 at 10 am
Cedarock Park - 4242 R. Dean Coleman Rd. Burlington | 3 miles

Trail Running Meet-Up Group

Do you enjoy running? Do you want to run trails, but not sure how to get started or where to go or don't know anyone to run with? Join Burlington Recreation and Parks along with Alamance County Parks to get running on our local trails! Runs will be facilitated by park staff and no runner will be left behind. Runs will be 3-4 miles. For ages 13 and up. Minors must be accompanied by a participating adult. All participants should have previous running experience.

Saturday, October 20 at 8:00 am
HRT/Sellers Falls Section - Address coming soon
Notes: 3-4 miles, mostly flat terrain with some rolling hills

Saturday, October 27 - Haw River Trail-athlon
Try the Haw River Trailathon - paddle, run & bike! Participate in at least 3 trail runs for a discount on the Trailathon registration. For complete details and to register visit Alamance County Parks.

Look for the trail run-meet up group to continue spring 2019!

Nature Play

Nature Play programs are geared to get families outdoors in nature, learning, playing and having fun! Some of them include more education and some are purely fun! All ages are welcome, but minors must be accompanied by a participating adult. These programs are free or low cost, but space is limited for all programs and registration is required! 
  • Fort Building

    Monday, October 29 from 4:00-5:00 pm
    Free, but registration required. Register now!
    Playground behind the Splash Park - 1402 Overbrook Rd. Burlington
    All ages welcome. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.

    Wanna play outside? Wanna build a fort? Bring your creativity and build a fort out of bamboo, sheets, card board, tape and rope. This simple and fun activity will get you and your family active outside having fun!  Come early or stay late and enjoy the playground.
  • Leaf People

    Tuesday, November 13 from 4:00-5:00 pm
    Fee: $1/child. Register soon!

    Kernodle Senior Center (Room A) - 1535 S. Mebane St. Burlington 
    For ages 3-7 accompanied by an adult. 

    Enjoy story time with a reading of "Leaf Man" by Lois Ehlert. Then we'll head outside on a short nature walk to collect some autumn leaves and craft our very own leaf people to take home.
  • Geocaching

    Wednesday, November 21 at 2:00 pm
    Free, but registration requiredRegister now!
    Civitan Shelter in Burlington City Park - on Overbrook Rd. across from the Park Restaurant
    All ages welcome, but most appropriate for ages 8 and up. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.

    Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants use a GPS device to navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates where a cache is hidden. After an introduction to geocaching and the GPS device, we'll head out and geocache around the Park. Plan on walking 2+ miles so wear comfortable walking shoes and bring water.

For more information on any of these programs, email or call the Outdoor Program Coordinator at (336) 222-5135.

Of all the paths you take, make sure a few of them are dirt.