Outdoor Programs

What's Happening Now:
In light of the expanding Coronavirus Pandemic, effective Saturday March 14, 2020 the City of Burlington has instructed all departments to cancel all non-essential, city-sponsored events, activities, and programs involving public participation through April 12th. For complete details on the City's response and current park and facility closures, click here.

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

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


Get hiking on local trails around Burlington and Alamance County! 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, extra layers and trekking poles (optional). 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!

CANCELLED: Saturday, March 28 at 2:00 pm
Great Bend Park - 350 Greenwood Dr. Burlington | 2.5 miles | Celebrate Alamance County Creek Week with this special hike! 

Saturday, April 18 at 2:00 pm
Cedarock Park - 4242 R Dean Coleman Rd. | 3 miles | Register

Tuesday, April 21 at 5:45 pm
Guilford Mackintosh Park & Marina - 1345 NC HWY 61 Whitsett | 3 miles | Register


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!


    April 18 from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
    Fee: $2 per stick. Registration required. Register

    Guilford Mackintosh Park & Marina (at picnic shelter) - 1345 NC HWY 61 Whitsett
    All ages welcome. Minors to be accompanied by adult.

    Trick out your own hiking stick! We'll provide all the fixing for you to decorate and personalize your hiking stick. We'll provide you a stick, but you are welcome to bring your own to decorate. After an hour or so of creating, we'll initiate our sticks by going on a 1-mile nature hike.
  • Intro to Archery for Youth

    Dates/Times vary - see below
    Fee: $7/person. Registration required. Register now.
    Lake Mackintosh Park & Marina at the Clubhouse -  2704 Huffman Mill Road, Burlington
    For ages 9-16. This is a drop-off program. Parents/guardians not required to stay. 

    Youth will be taken through a lesson promoting safety and archery basics encouraging a focus on performing a proper shot: featuring an introduction to archery, safety on the range, using a string bow, and 11 steps of archery success through the NASP curriculum. Archery equipment will be provided. For safety reasons, please leave all personal equipment at home. 

    CANCELLED: Thursday, March 26: Homeschool Intro to Archery (w/ Recurve Bow) 
    Ages: 10 – 14 • 1:30 - 4:00 pm

    CANCELLED: Friday, March 27: Intro to Archery (w/ Recurve Bow) 
    Ages: 9 – 12 • 9:30am – 12:00pm
    Ages: 13 – 16 • 1:30pm – 4:00pm

    Wednesday, April 15: Intro to Archery (bow style TBD)
    Ages: 9 – 12 • 9:30am – 12:00pm Register
    Ages: 13 – 16 • 1:30pm – 4:00pm


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