Outdoor Programs

What's Happing Now

    Walkabouts   Sunset Paddles   Family Adventures in Nature   Hikes with Hounds
    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
Get Outdoors
Come for a journey through the woods to satisfy your need to get out, to explore, for adventure. Or just because it feels good to go walking around. Either way, come walkabout with us as we explore local hiking hot-spots in and around Burlington. Hikes are about 3 miles on natural surface trails. Dogs and kids (10+) welcome - 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
Free, but registration required.
Celebrate 'Take a Child Outside Week' 
on this kid friendly hike.
Wednesday, September 28 from 5:30 - 7:00 pm

Haw River Trail/Island Trail at Great Bend Park
350 Greenwood Dr. Burlington, NC 27217
Enjoy the island trail then walk around Glencoe Village or stay and play in the Outdoor Learning Environment (think natural playground!)
2.5 miles (total) on an out-and-back trail. Kids 6+ welcome! Restroom available at trail head.
Register now.

Tuesday, October 11 from 5:30 - 7:00 pm
Trails at Shallow Ford Natural Area
1955 Gerringer Mill Rd. Burlington, NC 27217

3 mile loop on the Hidden Hills Trail. Expect rolling terrain and a few steep hills.
Restrooms available at trail head.
Register now.

River Walks

Get to know the Haw River Hiking Trail! Section hike short segments of the 7.5 miles of completed trail through Burlington. These guided hikes are linear, out-and-back style trips. Expect natural surface trail and a moderate pace. Dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes and bring a water bottle. Hiking sticks optional. Dogs and kids (9+) welcome - 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
Free, but registration required.

Bonus -  Hike all 5 sections and be entered in a contest to win a Haw River Trail t-shirt! Hike at least 3 and get a Haw River Trail sticker!

Sunday, October 30 from 1:30 - 3:00 pm
Great Bend Park to Indian Valley Paddle Access
350 Greenwood Dr. Burlington, NC 27217
2.4 miles. Restroom available at trail head.
Register now.

Sunday, November 13 from 1:30 - 3:00 pm
Great Bend Park to Glencoe Paddle Access
     - includes Island Trail.
350 Greenwood Dr. Burlington, NC 27217
2.5 miles. Restrooms available at trail head.
Register now.

Saturday, December 3 from 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Glencoe Paddle Access to Carolina Mill
2348 Glencoe St. Burlington, NC 27217
2 miles. Restroom available at trail head.
Register now.

Saturday, December 17 from 10:30 - 12:00 pm
Stoney Creek Marina to Carolina Mill
1798 Faulkner Dr. Burlington, NC 27217
2 miles. Restrooms available at trail head.
Register soon.

Sunday, January 8 from 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Deep Creek Market to Boyd's Creek
810 Deep Creek Church Rd. Burlington, NC 27217
4 miles.
Register soon.
Hikes with Hounds
Second Fridays 
Times & Location vary
Free, but registration and completion of volunteer training required.

Burlington Recreation & Parks and Burlington Animal Services team up for the Hikes with Hounds. Volunteers take a shelter dog for a hike along one of Burlington’s beautiful trails! This volunteer opportunity will offer an enrichment activity for some of Burlington's adoptable dogs to get away for a couple of hours to enjoy nature, socializing and exercise. For more information or to register, please call (336) 229-3150.

Volunteers must meet the following criteria:
• Must be 18 years of age or older 
• Must be able to hike up to 4 miles at a moderate pace or on an uneven terrain 
• Must attend volunteer orientation training before becoming a trail dog walker 
• Must complete and submit a registration form, waiver and provide a copy of ID prior to participation


Sunset Paddles

Enjoy a leisurely, guided paddle on beautiful Lake Mackintosh. Your stress will melt away as you paddle under the setting sun. Paddlers will have a guide who provides basic instruction as needed and leads the group on the lake. Fee includes guides, boat rental, paddle, PFD. 
Fee: $20/person or $8 if you provide your own boat. Registration required.
New date! Limited space still available!
Monday, September 26 from 5:45 - 7:45 pm
Stoney Creek Marina
1798 Faulkner Drive Burlington, NC 27217

Register now for solo kayak rental or personal boat.
FINAL Sunset Paddle of the Season -
Tuesday, October 4 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Guilford Mackintosh Lake
1345 NC 61 Whitsett, NC 27377

Register now for solo kayak rental or personal boat.

Fall Foliage Kayak Tour

(with coffee & donuts!)
Saturday, October 29 at 7:45 am OR 10:15 am
Guilford Mackintosh Lake 
1345 NC 61 Whitsett, NC 27377
There is nothing more beautiful than paddling a quiet Lake Mackintosh surrounded by hardwoods when the leaves are all aflame. Come experience the changing season by kayak! Be sure to bring binoculars and a camera. Fee includes coffee, donuts, guide, boat rental, paddle, PFD.
Fee: $20/person or $8 if you provide your own boat.
Registration required.10

Sunrise Tour: 7:45 - 9:45 am
Donuts & coffee will be served post paddle.
Register for solo kayak rental or personal boat.

Mid-Morning Tour: 10:15 am - 12:15 pm 
Donuts & coffee will be served prior to paddle.
Register for solo kayak rental or personal boat.



 Start to Kayaking

Quick Start is designed for the beginner paddler and will introduce students to safety, types of kayaks/paddles, kayak fit, paddle strokes, entry and exit of the boat and how to launch your craft into the water. This 2-hour course involves classroom-style instruction at the launch site and on-water practice. Instructors, kayak, paddle and PFD provided. For ages 16 and up or ages 13-15 with a participating adult.
Fee: $30/person. 

Classes are by appointment. Must have a minimum of 2 people; max of 4 to book a class.  Email us set up a personalized class for you and your friends.
Trail Work Days
Second Saturdays
9 am to 3 pm
Haw River Trail/Mountains to Sea Trail
Free, but registration required. Email Greg Yahn, the work day coordinator, to register and for compete details.

Do you love having trails in your community? Pitch in as we partner with the Friends of the Mountains to Sea Trail to help build and maintain sections of the trail in Alamance County. Breakfast provided. Bring: water, work gloves, long pants, work shoes, snack and/or lunch.


Geocaching with your Smart Phone

Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Learn how to use the Geocaching app on your Smartphone (must have internet access) and then practice your skills as we search for geocaches! Participants must bring a fully-charged Smartphone with internet access (not just wifi) and the free Geocaching app installed. Plan on walking up to 2 miles. For ages 16 and up. Ages 10-15 with a participating adult.
Free, but registration required. 
None scheduled. Email us to express interest in this class or schedule this class for a private group (small fee for private groups).

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