Outdoor Programs for Seniors

Outdoor Programs for Seniors engages adults 55+ in outdoor activities to promote the health benefits of being active in nature. Burlington Recreation and Parks provides experienced guides and a diverse program offering. All participants must have a medical clearance and liability waiver & release, and COVID-19 release completed for the current year before participating. For more outdoor program available to the general public, visit Burlington Recreation and Parks Outdoor Programs.

If you don't see the most up-to-date info on events below, be sure to check out the bi-monthly newsletter located at www.BurlingtonNC.gov/Seniors.

Upcoming Events

For all hikes sturdy, closed-toed walking shoes and water are required. Trekking poles are highly recommended. Other recommended items include insect repellent, hat, sun protection, layers appropriate for the weather and small backpack to easily carry belonging.

To register for an event, call Melissa Hoose, Outdoor Program Coordinator, at 336-484-1394 or send an email. Remember you must have a current waiver/release, COVID-19 release, and medical clearance form on file prior to participation.

Fleet Feet Walkers: Kernodle Senior Center |
Thursdays, 10:00 am on February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 4, 11, 18, and 25 
Meet at the Kernodle Senior Center- 1535 S. Mebane St. Burlington. This small group walks for 45-60 minutes around City Park at a moderate pace. The walks take place on paved surfaces. Restrooms at Center may not be open, plan appropriately. Register by the Wednesday prior for each walk. Free 
Hike: Cedarock Park | February 17 from 3:00-4:30 pm 
Cedarock Park - 4242 R. Dean Coleman Rd, Burlington. Park in the gravel lot just past the playground on the left (go about 0.4 mile past the historic farm). Hike about 2 miles on the Rock Creek Trail. Expect natural surface trail (roots, rocks, mud, etc.) over rolling terrain with a few steep hills.
LOCATION CHANGE: Burlington City Park. Meet in the parking lot of the Kernodle Senior Center - 1535 S. Mebane St. Burlington. 2 mile walk on paved/gravel trails. Register by 2/15. Free 

Hike: Haw River Trail at Swepsonville | February 24 from 3:00-4:30 pm 
Swepsonville River Park Lower Access - 2698 Boywood Rd, Swepsonville, 21359. Meet in the gravel lot at the Lower Access (note there is also an Upper Access parking area). Carpool if possible, the parking area is small. Hike 2 miles on natural surface trails (roots, rocks, sand, mud etc.) over relatively flat terrain. Register by 2/22. Free 

Hike: Riverwalk at Gold Park | March 3 from 1:30-3:30  
Gold Park - 415 Dimmocks Mill Rd, Hillsborough, 27278. Meet near the restroom facility (on left side of parking lot after entering). Walk 3 miles on the paved River Walk. The path follows the Eno River through the center of Hillsborough and towards the Occoneechee Speedway. Register by 3/1. Free. No transportation provided. **Prerequisite: Completed 3 hikes with the group since December 2020. 

Hike: Guilford Mackintosh Park & Marina | March 9 from 1:30-3:30 pm 
Meet at Guilford Mackintosh Park & Marina - 1345 NC HWY 61 Whitsett, 27377. Park at the end of the road in the circular parking area and meet near the tan building. Hike is 3 miles on natural surface, rolling terrain with a few steep hills. Register by 3/5. Free 

Hike: Richardson-Taylor Preserve  | March 17 from 1:30-3:30 pm  
Richardson-Taylor Preserve - 300 Plainfield Rd, Greensboro, 27455. Meet near the trailhead kiosk in the small parking lot. Restrooms are not available at trailhead. Hike 3 miles on natural surface trail over rolling terrain along creeks and marshland. Register by 3/15. Free. No transportation provided. **Prerequisite: Completed 3 hikes with the group since December 2020. 

Hike: Haw River Trail | March 23 from 1:30-3:30 pm 
Glencoe Paddle Access - 2348 Glencoe St, Burlington. Park in the gravel lot and meet at the gazebo. Hike 2-miles on natural surface trails (roots, rocks, etc.) over rolling terrain with a few places with uneven steps. Expect some mud if it has rained recently. Register by 3/19. Free 

COVID Safety Protocols and Modifications for SOAR 

  • Pre-registration is required and space is limited! Walk-up registration at the hikes are not allowed. If you are unregistered or there was no space left, do not just show up at the hike anyway and “walk behind the group.” 
  • Masks will be required at all times, except while actively hiking - at which time masks are optional.  
  • A minimum of 6 feet of space between each hiker will be required (unless from same household).  
  • Hikers should wash or sanitize hands before and after hike.  
  • Hikers with underlying medical conditions that put them at high-risk for COVID, are highly discouraged from participation. 
  • All participants need an up-to-date medical clearance form, waiver and release form on file.
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Registration required for all programs. Call the Kernodle Senior Center to register: (336) 222-5135