Outdoor Programs

What's Happening Now:
Get Hiking!   Nature Play   Intro to Kayaking   Sunset Paddles   Youth Paddle Clinics
 
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 Senior Adult outdoor recreation, check out these events.
Do you have a group that would like a private adventure or custom outdoor program? We can help - contact us!
Of all the paths you take, make sure a few of them are dirt.

GET HIKING!


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!

Saturday, April 14 at 10:00 am
Guilford Mackintosh Park and Marina - 1345 NC HWY 61, Whitsett | 3-mile on Loop Trail
Register

Thursday, April 26 at 5:45 pm
Cedarock Park - 4242 R. Dean Coleman Rd. Burlington | 2.5-miles on Rock Creek Loop
Register

Tuesday, May 8 at 6:00 pm
Great Bend Park - 350 Greenwood Dr. Burlington | 2-miles on Highland Trail & Island Trail
Register

Thursday, May 24 at 6:00 pm
Shallow Ford Natural Area - 1955 Gerringer Mill Rd. Burlington | 3-miles on Homestead Trail 
Register

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, but space is limited for all programs and registration is required! 
 

Geocaching!


Saturday, April 14th from 2:30-4:00 pm
Guilford Mackintosh Park and Marina
1345 NC HWY 61, Whitsett

Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. After an introduction to geocaching and the GPS device, we'll head outside and geocache around City Park. Plan on walking 2+ miles. Families and individuals welcome, but recommended for ages 8+. 
Register

FORT BUILDING!

 
Saturday, April 21 at 10:00 am
Splash Park Parking Lot
1402 Overbrook Rd. Burlington

Wanna play outside? Wanna build a fort? Bring your creativity and build a fort out of bamboo, sheets and rope. This simple and fun activity will get you and your family active outside having fun!  
Register

Creek Exploration & Hike


Saturday, April 21 at 2:30 pm
Shallow Ford Natural Area
1955 Gerringer Mill Rd. Burlington

Free, family-friendly hike with special guest Eric O'Neill am amphibian biologist. Hike the 0.75 mile Basin Creek Trail and spend some time learning about and looking for frogs and salamanders in the creek. Wear comfortable walking or waterproof shoes/boots. Plan for your feet to get wet!  
Register
  

Intro to Kayaking


Dates and times vary. See schedule below.
Guilford Mackintosh Park and Marina
1345 NC HWY 61, Whitsett
Ages:
13 and up. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.
Fee: $30. Registration required.
This is a class for new or beginner paddlers to build confidence and skills on the water. Class will cover the basics of kayaking: water safety, fitting PFD and kayak, getting in/out of the boat, launching from shore, proper and efficient paddle strokes. Half the class is on the land and half on the water. Fee includes instructor, kayak rental, PFD and paddle. Participants should be comfortable around water and have basic swimming abilities. 

Register online by clicking link below or call Burlington Recreation and Parks to register and pay by phone at 336-222-5030.
  
Upcoming classes:
Monday, May 7 from 5:30-7:30 pm - Register
Friday, May 25 from 9:00-11:00 am - Registration coming soon.
Monday, June 4  from 5:30-7:30 pm - Register
Monday, July 2 from 5:30-7:30 pm - Register
Friday, July 20 from 9:00-11:00 am - Registration coming soon.
Monday, August 13 from 5:30-7:30 pm - Register 

Paddle-Palooza Clinic for Youth


Guilford Mackintosh park and Marina
1345 NC HWY 61 Whitsett
Ages:
11-15
Fee: $30. Registration required.
In this small-group, half-day clinic,youth learn all about kayaking with an ACA certified kayak instructor. Clinic covers everything from water safety, fitting your PFD, parts of the kayak, how to properly get in and out of the boat, basic paddle stokes and more. We'll save some time to paddle and explore the lake as well! Clinic includes on-land and on-water lessons. Campers should know how to swim and be prepared to be active throughout the clinic.

Upcoming clinics: 
Friday, July 27 from 8:30 am - 12:00 pm - Register
Friday, August 3 from 8:30 am - 12:00 pm - Register
*Please register for only 1 date.

Sunset Paddles


Locations, dates and times vary.
Ages:
13 and up. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.
Fee: $20/person; $8/person with personal boat. Registration required. 
Let your stress melt away as you enjoy a leisurely, 2-hour guided paddle. Paddlers will have a guide who provides basic paddling instruction as needed and leads the group on the lake. Fee includes kayak, paddle, PFD, lake fees and guide. For ages 13 and up. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. 
 
Register online below or call Burlington Recreation and Parks to register and pay by phone at 336-222-5030.
   
Tuesday, May 15 from 6:15 - 8:15 pm
Stoney Creek Marina
1798 Faulkner Drive Burlington, NC 27217
Register for solo kayak rental or to bring a personal boat

Tuesday, May 29 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Guilford Mackintosh Lake
1345 NC 61 Whitsett, NC 27377
Register for solo kayak rental or to bring a personal boat.
   
Tuesday, June 12 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Stoney Creek Marina
1798 Faulkner Drive Burlington, NC 27217
Register for a solo kayak rental or to bring a personal boat.

Tuesday, June 26 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Guilford Mackintosh Lake
1345 NC 61 Whitsett, NC 27377
Register for solo kayak rental or personal boat.

Tuesday, July 24 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Guilford Mackintosh Lake
1345 NC 61 Whitsett, NC 27377
Register for solo kayak rental or personal boat.
 
Tuesday, August 7 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Stoney Creek Marina
1798 Faulkner Drive Burlington, NC 27217
Register for solo kayak rental or personal boat.

Tuesday, August 21 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Guilford Mackintosh Lake
1345 NC 61 Whitsett, NC 27377
Register for solo kayak rental or personal boat.

Tuesday, September 4 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Guilford Mackintosh Lake
1345 NC 61 Whitsett, NC 27377
Register for solo kayak rental or personal boat.

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