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.
 
MST in a Day - Hiking Event
September 9 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free and open to the public

Meet at Stoney Creek Marina – 1785 Faulkner Dr. Burlington, NC 27217. Celebrate 40 years of the Mountains to Sea Trail by participating with hundreds of trail enthusiast who will each walk a portion of the trail on September 9! Through everyone’s collective efforts, 100% of the 1,175 mile trail will be covered in a single day! Be part of this special event by hiking 4 miles of the MST from Indian Valley Paddle Access to Stoney Creek Marina. The hike is moderate in difficulty and 4 miles long. Hikers will be shuttled to Indian Valley Paddle Access. Click here to register.
   

Hike: Shallow Ford Natural Area
September 14 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free  

Meet at Shallow Ford Natural Area - 1955 Gerringer Mill Rd. Burlington. Come hike about 3 miles through this 190 acre natural area along the Haw River. Trekking poles recommend. Bring a water bottle. Register by 9/12.
    
Kayak: Guilford Mackintosh Park and Marina
September 19 from 9:00-11:00 am
Fee: $15/person 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. Previous paddling experience required. Register and pay by 9/18. Space limited.
     
Hike: Saxapahaw 
September 28 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free (or $2 with optional transportation)
Meet at the Saxapahaw Mill Race Paddle Access – 6079 Swepsonville-Saxapahaw Rd. Graham. Restrooms are not available at the trail head, but a gas station is located nearby. The hike is about 2.5 miles. Hiking sticks recommended. Register by 9/26. Optional lunch on your own at the General Store in Saxapahaw after the hike. Optional transportation from the Kernodle Senior Center available for $2 – van leaves at 9:15am.

Hike: Lake Cammack
October 3 from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Free (or $2 with optional transportation)

Meet at Lake Cammack – 4790 Union Ridge Rd. Burlington, NC 27217. Hike about 2 miles over rolling terrain next to the lake. Look for bald eagles, osprey and heron as we hike. Trekking poles recommended. Pack an optional sack lunch and stick around to eat your lunch with good friends and great views. Register by 10/2. Optional transportation from the Kernodle Senior Center available for $2 – van leaves at 9:50am.

Try-It Outdoors Day
October 7 between 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free and open to the public - bring your grandkids

Enjoy a morning outdoors at Guilford Mackintosh Park and Marina – 1345 NC HWY 61, Whitsett, NC 27377. The morning will be full of ‘Try It’ activities to get you excited about being outside! Try a short hike, do a nature craft, go on a scavenger hunt, learn about geocaching, play corn hole or horseshoes, learn to tie knots, and even take a short kayak trip around the cove (kayaking for ages 13 and up)! This is a family-friendly event. Drop in any time, get your activity passport and GO! We encourage you to pack a picnic, hang your hammock and enjoy the outdoors with us! Let us know you are coming by registering at www.burlingtonnc.gov/outdoors

Hike: Umstead State Park
October 10 from 8:45 am - 3:30 pm
Fee: $8

Meet at Kernodle Senior Center - 1535 S. Mebane St. Burlington. Transportation provided. Take a ranger-led, 3-mile hike around the park. Pack a lunch for a picnic in the park. After lunch get back on the trail for exploring another 1.5-2 miles. Trails are natural surface with some steep hills. Trekking poles required. Bring a sack lunch. Register and pay by 10/6. This trip is not suitable for beginner hikers or those new to the group.

Hike: Hike and Wine Along the Virginia Blue Ridge
October 24 from 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Fee: $10 plus optional money for wine tasting

Meet at Kernodle Senior Center - 1535 S. Mebane St. Burlington. Transportation provided. First stop is Rocky Knob Recreation Area for 3-4 miles of hiking along the Black Ridge Trail with sweeping views of Rock Castle Gorge. Bring a sack lunch and we will picnic after the hike. After lunch relax at Chateau Morrisette with an optional wine tasting ($8-$10) and great views! On our way home we will make a quick stop to see the iconic Mabry Mill on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Trekking poles required. Bring a sack lunch. Register and pay by 10/17. Prerequisite: completed at least 3 hikes with this group since July 1st, completed medical clearance form and waiver.

Hike: Hagan-Stone Park
October 31 from 9:30 am - 2:00 pm
Fee: $3

Meet at Kernodle Senior Center - 1535 S. Mebane St. Burlington. Transportation provided. Hike about 3 miles on rolling natural surface trails. Trekking poles recommended. Bring a bottle of water and sack lunch for after the hike. Space is limited. Register and pay by 10/27.

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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