Outdoor Programs

What's Happing Now

Kayaking  •  Hiking  •  Take a Child Outside Week  •  Try It Outdoors Day
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!
Go Outdoors


Saturday, October 28 from 1:00-3:00 pm
Guilford Mackintosh Park and Marina
1345 NC HWY 61 Whitsett
3 miles. Restroom available at trailhead.
Free, but registration required. Register

Grab a friend and get out for a hike while enjoying the changing of the seasons! The hike is about 3 miles on natural surface trail over rolling terrain. Wear comfortable walking shoes (closed-toed) or boots. Bring a water bottle and bug spray. Trekking poles recommended. Suitable for ages 8+ (ages 8-16 must be accompanied by an adult). Dogs welcome!

Take A Child Outside Week:  September 23-30

Take A Child Outside Week is a designed to encourage children and adults to spend time together outdoors. By giving parents, grandparents and teachers information on outdoor activities and places to go, our goal is to help children develop a better understanding and appreciation of the environment and an enthusiasm for exploring the natural world. Find out more about the movement or join Burlington Recreation and Parks on these special events:

Nature Rocks! Rock Painting Event for Kids

Wednesday, September 27 from 4-5 pm
Burlington City Park/Civitan Shelter
1388 Main Street, Burlington, NC 27215
Cost: $2 per participant, pay the day of the program.

Join us for a "kindness rocks" painting event. Rocks will be prepped for painting and materials will be supplied. Bring your creativity and inspirational messages to decorate your rocks. Leave the rocks for us to seal and finish then come back to join us on Wednesday, October 4th from 4-5pm at the same location and we will set off for a hike and rock planting throughout the City Park!


Family-Friendly Hike

Thursday, September 28 from 5:45-6:45 pm
Stoney Creek Marina/HRT Trail Head
1785 Faulkner Dr. Burlington NC 27217
Free, but registration required. Register

Join us on this easy, relaxing hike along the banks of Old City Lake. The hike is out and back with a total distance of 1.5 miles. Expect rolling, natural surface trail (not stroller-friendly). The hike is open to all ages, but best suited to ages 5+. Kids can make nature bracelets or work on a nature scavenger hunt along the way.

Let's Hike it Baby!

Friday, September 29 from 9:00-10:00 am
Burlington City Park/TJ Sports Shelter
1388 Main Street, Burlington, NC 27215
Free but registration required. Register

We want to help families with children from birth to school age get outside together! We will meet at the TJ Sports Shelter and set out for 1.5 miles over paved greenways and sidewalks (with options for shorter route if needed). This is a 'leave no family behind' walk and all fitness levels and ages are welcome.

Try It Outdoors Day

Saturday, October 7 from 9:00 am - 12:00 noon
Guilford Mackintosh Park and Marina
1345 NC HWY 61, Whitsett, NC 27377
All ages welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Free. Let us know you are coming by registering here!

Enjoy a morning outdoors at the lake! There will be many 'Try It' activities to get you excited about being outside. Take a hike. Go geocaching. Do a nature craft. Search for nature-ry things on a scavenger hunt. Try tying knots. Play horse shoes or corn hole. Learn about water and boat safety. Research water bugs and water quality. Get cozy at the campsite. Take a short kayak trip around the cove (kayaking for ages 13 and up).

This is a family-friendly event (but please leave  your pooch at home). Drop in any time, get your activity passport and GO! We encourage your to pack a picnic, hang your hammock and enjoy a day outdoors!

Meet Up Paddles

Friday, October 6 from 9:30-11:30 am
Lake Cammack | 4790 Union Ridge Rd. Burlington
Registration opens September 1st
Friday, October 27 from 9:30-11:30 am
Stoney Creek Marina | 1798 Faulkner Dr. Burlington
Registration opens September 15th
Don’t paddle alone – enjoy a morning on the lake and meet other kayak enthusiast. Bring your binoculars! Fee is $20/person or $8 if you bring your own boat. Fee includes guide, boat rental, paddle and PFD. For ages 18+.

Leaf Peep Paddle

Saturday, October 28 from 8:30-10:30 am
Guilford Mackintosh Park and Marina
1345 NC HWY 61, Whitsett
Fee: $20/person or $8 with your own boat
Registration opens September 15th
Enjoy a cool, crisp morning on the lake. COffee and donuts will be provide before setting out on the water. Take in the vibrant colors of the changing season while cruising the lake. Fee includes, guide, kayak rental, paddle, PFD, coffee and donuts. For ages 18+ (ages 13-17 with participating adult).

No-Frills Trail 5K

Saturdays, Nov. 11, Dec. 9, Jan. 6 & Feb. 10 at 10:30 am
More info coming soon!

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