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 has teamed up with Alamance County Recreation and Parks to provide experienced guides and a diverse program offering. All participants must have a medical clearance and liability waiver & release completed for the current year before participating. For more outdoor program available to the general public, visit Burlington Recreation and Parks Outdoor Programs.

Upcoming Events


 
To register for an event, call the Kernodle Senior Center at (336) 222-5135. 

Cookout & Hike: Guilford Mackintosh Park
May 7 from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Fee: $5

Meet at Guilford Mackintosh Park & Marina – 1345 NC HWY 61 Whitsett – at the picnic shelter. Enjoy hot dogs grilled to perfection and Melissa’s famous ‘Banana Boat’ campfire dessert. After lunch stroll down the trail on a 1-mile hike.  Please bring a side or salad to share. Hot dogs + fixings, dessert and drinks provided. Register and pay by 5/2. This is a great social and hike for those new to the group or new to hiking!

Hike: Hagan-Stone Park
May 15 from 9 am – 2 pm
Fee: $5 (plus money for ice cream)

Meet at Kernodle Senior Center - 1535 S. Mebane St. Burlington. Transportation provided. Hike about 3-3.5 miles on rolling natural surface trails. Trekking poles recommended. Bring a bottle of water and pack a lunch for after the hike. We’ll stop by Homeland Creamery for a treat on the way back to Burlington. Register and pay by 5/13. Space is limited.

Day Trip: Parks & Preserves
May 21 from 8:30 am – 5 pm
Fee: $10

Meet at Kernodle Senior Center - 1535 S. Mebane St. Burlington. Transportation provided. Visit Durant Nature Preserve and hike 2-3 miles including the Secret Creek Trail. Then head to Umstead State Park for a picnic lunch and hike 1.3 miles on Plott’s Branch Trail.  Expect natural surface trail over rolling terrain. Trekking poles recommended. Bring a water bottle, snacks and pack a lunch. Participants must have completed 3 hikes since February 1st. Trip not suitable for beginner hikers. Register and pay by 5/17. Space is limited.

Paddle: Mackintosh Lake
May 24 from 8:30-10:30 am
Fee: $15 or $3 with your own boat

Meet at Guilford Mackintosh Marina – 1345 NC HWY 61 Whitsett. Don’t paddle alone – join in a group paddle and enjoy a morning on the lake with friends. Bring your binoculars!  Fee includes guide, boat rental, paddle and PFD. Register and pay by 5/22. Space is limited.

Hike: Cedarock
May 29 from 10 am -12 pm
Free

Meet at Cedarock Park - 4242 R. Dean Coleman Rd. Burlington. Park in the lot just past the playground on the left. Restrooms are available in the first parking lot across from the Historic Farm. The hike will be about 3 miles on rolling, natural surface trail. Trekking poles recommend. Bring a water bottle. Register by 5/24. Optional transportation from the Kernodle Senior Center available for $2 – van leaves at 9:30 am. Pay day of hike.

Day Trip: Trails of the Blue Ridge 
June 5 from 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
Fee: $20 (plus money for dinner)

Meet at Kernodle Senior Center - 1535 S. Mebane St. Burlington. Transportation provided. Head to Blowing Rock, NC and hike various trails along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Be prepared to hike 6-7 miles over the course of the day. Bring a sack lunch, snacks and money for dinner out. Trekking poles recommended. Participants must have completed at least 3 hikes since February 1st. Trip not suitable for beginner hikers. Register and pay by 5/29. Space limited.

Hike: Great Bend Park
June 12 from 10 am – 12 pm
Free

Meet at Great Bend Park – 350 Greenwood Dr. Burlington. Hike about 2.5 miles along the Haw River on rolling, natural surface trail. Trekking poles recommended. Bring a water bottle. Register by 6/10.


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Trail Work Day
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Registration required for all programs. Call the Kernodle Senior Center to register: (336) 222-5135