Outdoor Programs

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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 adults over 55+ check out these outdoor recreation events just for you!

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

GET HIKING! SERIES


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!

Cancelled due to flooding:
Thursday, September 20 at 5:30 pm

HRT at Glencoe Paddle Access - 2348 Glencoe St. Burlington | 2 miles


Thursday, October 4 at 5:30 pm
Cedarock Park - 4242 R. Dean Coleman Rd. Burlington | 2 miles
Register

Fall Foliage Hike Sunday, October 28 at 1:30 pm
Guilford Mackintosh Park & Marina - 1345 NC HWY 61, Whitsett | 3 miles
Register

Trail Running Meet-Up Group


September: Wednesdays at 6 pm, October: Saturdays at 8 am
Ages: 13 and up. Minors must be accompanied by a participating adult. All participants should have previous running experience.
Free
Do you enjoy running? Do you want to run trails, but not sure how to get started or where to go or don't know anyone to run with? Join Burlington Recreation and Parks along with Alamance County Parks to get running on our local trails! Runs will be facilitated by park staff and no runner will be left behind. Runs will be 3-4 miles. 

Wednesday, September 26 at 6:00 pm
Shallow Ford Natural Area - 1955 Gerringer Mill Rd. Burlington
Notes: 3 miles, rolling terrain with a few steep sections, primitive restroom at trail head
Register

Saturday, October 6 at 8:00 am
Cedarock Park - 4242 R Dean Coleman Rd. Burlington
Notes: 3 miles, rolling terrain with some steep or rocky sections, restroom at trail head
Register

Saturday, October 13 at 8:00 am
Saxapahaw Island Park - 5550 Church Rd. Graham
Notes: 3 miles, flat terrain, no restroom at trail head
Register

Saturday, October 20 at 8:00 am
HRT/Sellers Falls Section - Address coming soon
Notes: 3-4 miles, mostly flat terrain with some rolling hills
Register

Saturday, October 27 
Try the Haw River Trailathon - paddle, run & bike! Participate in at least 3 trail runs for a discount on the Trailathon registration. For complete details and to register visit Alamance County Parks.


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

  • Nature Scavenger Hunt-Hike (in Celebration of Take a Child Outside Week!)


    Monday, September 24 at 5:15 pm
    Guilford Mackintosh Park and Marina - 1345 NC HWY 61, Whitsett
    All ages welcome, but most appropriate for ages 5-10. Minors to be accompanied by adult.
    Free. Register now.
    Come explore the diversity of nature at Guilford Mackintosh Park and Marina. We'll hike a little less than a mile through the woods and along the lake shore in search of items on our scavenger hunt. Feel free to come early and enjoy the playground before the hike!

  • Fort Building


    Thursday, October 11 at 4:30 pm
    Playground behind the Splash Park - 1402 Overbrook Rd. Burlington
    All ages welcome. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.
    Free. Registration opening soon.
    Wanna play outside? Wanna build a fort? Bring your creativity and build a fort out of bamboo, sheets, card board, tape and rope. This simple and fun activity will get you and your family active outside having fun!  Come early or stay late and enjoy the playground.

  • Geocaching


    Wednesday, November 21 at 2:00 pm
    Civitan Shelter in Burlington City Park - on Overbrook Rd. across from the Park Restaurant
    All ages welcome, but most appropriate for ages 8 and up. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.
    Free. Registration coming soon.
    Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants use a GPS device to navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates where a cache is hidden. After an introduction to geocaching and the GPS device, we'll head out and geocache around the Park. Plan on walking 2+ miles so wear comfortable walking shoes and bring water.

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

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