Outdoor Programs for Seniors

Outdoor Programs for Seniors engages adults 55+ in outdoor activities to promote the health benefits of being active in nature. Burlington Recreation and Parks provides experienced guides and a diverse program offering. All participants must have a medical clearance and liability waiver & release, and COVID-19 release completed for the current year before participating. For more outdoor program available to the general public, visit Burlington Recreation and Parks Outdoor Programs.

If you don't see the most up-to-date info on events below, be sure to check out the bi-monthly newsletter located at www.BurlingtonNC.gov/Seniors.

Upcoming Events



For all hikes sturdy, closed-toed walking shoes and water are required. Trekking poles are highly recommended. Other recommended items include insect repellent, hat, sun protection, layers appropriate for the weather and small backpack to easily carry belonging.

To register for an event, call Melissa Hoose, Outdoor Program Coordinator, at 336-484-1394 or send an email. Remember you must have a current waiver/release, COVID-19 release, and medical clearance form on file prior to participation.

Hike: Great Bend Park | January 13 from 3:00-4:30 pm 
Great Bend Park – 350 Greenwood Dr, Burlington. Park and meet in the gravel lot. From Great Bend Park, hike 2 miles on the Haw River Trail, the Island Trail and the Highlands Trail. Expect natural surface trail (roots, rocks, etc.) over rolling terrain with a few steep hills. Register by 1/12. 

Hike: SAX Island Park | January 20 from 3:00-4:30 pm 
Saxapahaw Island Park - 5550 Church Rd, Graham, NC 27253. Park and meet in the gravel lot. Hike the 1.5 mile loop twice for a total of 3 miles. The trail is mostly flat and sandy. Take in great views of the River. Register by 1/19. Free 

Hike: Haw River Trail at Longmeadow | January 27 from 3:00-4:30 pm 
Longmeadow Trail Head - 1120 Valley Dr. Graham. Park and meet in the gravel lot. Hike about 2-3 miles on natural surface trail over rolling terrain. Register by 1/26. Free 

COVID Safety Protocols and Modifications for SOAR 

  • Pre-registration is required and space is limited! Walk-up registration at the hikes are not allowed. If you are unregistered or there was no space left, do not just show up at the hike anyway and “walk behind the group.” 
  • Masks will be required at all times, except while actively hiking - at which time masks are optional.  
  • A minimum of 6 feet of space between each hiker will be required (unless from same household).  
  • Hikers should wash or sanitize hands before and after hike.  
  • Hikers with underlying medical conditions that put them at high-risk for COVID, are highly discouraged from participation. 
  • All participants need an up-to-date medical clearance form, waiver and release form on file.
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Registration required for all programs. Call the Kernodle Senior Center to register: (336) 222-5135