Outdoor Programs

What's Happening Now:
The City of Burlington has reviewed and approved for some outdoor programs to begin again. Please familiarize yourself with the new safety protocols that are in place to safe guard the health of participants and staff against COVID-19. 

  • Get Hiking! Guided, small group hikes around Alamance County.
Stewardship Tips - Respecting Our Parks & Trails!
Whether you are participating in a program or going out on your own, please be good steward of our parks and trails! Follow these tips when you venture out!
  • Trash your trash, don't leave it behind.
  • Leave what you find, take only pictures.
  • Respect wildlife. The park or trail is their home and you are only visiting.
  • Be kind to other visitors and users. 
  • Keep your pet on a leash.


Get hiking on local trails around Burlington and Alamance County! Join a small group, guided hike and come ready for 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, insect repellent, hand sanitizer and trekking poles (optional). Hikes generally last between 1.5-2 hours. All ages welcome, but minors must be accompanied by an adult. Please leave your four-legged friends at home at this time. Free, but pre-registration required! Space is limited. Register now.

Upcoming Hikes:
  • Tuesday, January 26 at 3:30 pm
    Bill Cooke Park | 2-3 miles | Register
  • Tuesday, February 2 at 3:30 pm
    Fairchild Community Center & Park | 2 miles | Register
  • Tuesday, February 9 at 3:30 pm
    Haw River Trail/Glencoe Paddle Access | 2 miles | Register
  • Saturday, February 13 at 1:30 pm
    Guilford Mackintosh Park & Marina | 3 miles | Register
  • Registration coming soon for the hikes below!
    2/16 at 3:30 pm - City Park
    2/21 at 1:30 pm - Town & Country Park
    2/23 at 3:30 pm - Shallow Ford Natural Area
COVID Protocols for Group Hikes:
  • Pre-registration required. No walk-ups allowed.
  • Do NOT attend if you are sick or have been around someone who is. If you have underlying medical conditions or high-risk for COVID, we encourage you to not attend.
  • Group size is limited in accordance with mass gathering limits/executive orders. 
  • Participants and staff are required to wear masks when not actively hiking.
  • During the hike, participants and staff will keep social distance unless they are from the same household.
  • Participants and staff are encouraged to wash or sanitize hands before and after hiking (please be prepared with your own hand sanitizer).


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