Outdoor Programs

What's Happening Now:

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, extra layers and trekking poles (optional). 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!

Monday, April 29 at 5:45 pm
Guilford Mackintosh Park & Marina - 1345 NC HWY 61, Whitsett | 3 miles
Register

Tuesday, May 7 at 6:00 pm
Great Bend Park - 350 Greenwood Dr. Burlington | 2.5 miles
Register

Tuesday, May 21 at 6:00 pm

Cedarock Park - 4242 R Dean Coleman Rd. Burlington | 2.5 miles
Register 

Tuesday, June 4 at 6:00 pm
HRT/Longmeadow Trail Head - 1120 Valley Dr. Graham | 3.5 miles
Register

Tuesday, July 9 at 6:00 pm
Glencoe Paddle Access - 2348 Glencoe St. Burlington | 2 miles
Register soon.

Tuesday, July 23 at 6:00 pm
Shallow Ford Natural Area - 1955 Gerringer Mill Rd. Burlington | 3 miles
Register soon.

Trail Run Meet-Up


Have you always wanted to run trails, but don't want to go alone or not sure where to go? Come meet other trail runners and experience a variety of trails right here in Alamance County. These group runs are facilitated by staff from Alamance Parks along with Burlington Recreation & Parks. 

These are "no runner left-behind" runs, but we encourage all participants to have some previous running experience. Offered every Wednesday at 6 pm April - May at various location. Free!

Wednesday, April 24 at 6 pm
Cedarock Park | 3.5 miles
Register on the Facebook event.

Wednesday, May 1 at 6 pm
HRT/Longmeadow Trail Head | 3.5 miles
Register on the Facebook event.

Wednesday, May 8 at 6 pm
HTR/Stoney Creek Marina | 3.5 miles
Register on the Facebook event.

Wednesday, May 15 at 6 pm
Shallow Ford Natural Area | 3.3 miles
Register on the Facebook event.

Wednesday, May 22 at 6 pm
HRT/Sellers Falls | 4 miles
Register on the Facebook event.

Wednesday, May 29 at 6 pm
Cedarock Park | 3 miles
Register on the Facebook event.

A Mindful Walk in the Woods


Sunday May 19 at 9:30 am
Cedarock Park
4242 R. Dean Coleman Rd.  Burlington, NC 27215
Free, but registration required. Register now.
Ages: 15 and up

Take a mindful walk in the woods! A guide will lead the group on a walking meditation through the trails at Cedarock. The walk will be 2-3 miles over rolling, natural surface terrain and pass by waterfalls, creeks and rock outcroppings. Come open you heart, mind and ears to connect with nature as you learn to become present in each moment. 

Wear comfortable, closed-toed walking shoes and bring an easy to carry mat or towel (we will be sitting on the ground at points during the meditation walk). Don't forget a bottle of water and insect repellent! Trekking poles recommended. Due to the meditative nature of this hike, only children 15 and older may participate. Space is limited.

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!


  • Kids Bank Fishing in the Park


    Saturday, May 18 from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon
    Free, but pre-registration is required by 5/17/19. Call 336-449-2078 to register.
    Guilford Mackintosh Park & Marina - 1345 NC HWY 61, Whitsett
    Ages: 1-15 but all children must be accompanied by parent/guardian. 

    This is the 21st Annual Lori Brady Foster Memorial Kids Bank Fishing in the Park sponsored by Burlington Recreation & Parks. THIS IS NOT A TOURNAMENT, but a great way to spend a day fishing with the family. A parent/guardian must accompany their child. Only 1 rod per child is allowed and you must bring your own fishing rod. There will be grab bags, free pizza and drinks for all kids along with drawings for prizes and gift certificates. Please call Guildford Mackintosh Park & Marina with questions and to register: 336-449-2078. Space limited to first 100 participants to register.

Archery 


Basic Archery Instruction for Youth

See dates below
Fee: $5 per participant, all equipment will be provided. 

Lake Mackintosh Park & Marina at the Clubhouse - 2704 Huffman Mill Road, Burlington
Ages: 9-16

Youth will go through a lesson promoting safety and archery basics encouraging a focus on performing a proper shot and the 11 steps of archery success through the NASP curriculum (http://naspschools.org/). 
Space is limited; all participants must pre-register and complete a registration form with liability waiver the day of the program.  Archery equipment will be provided so leave all personal archery equipment at home. Participants may bring a water bottle with their name on it and a healthy nut-free snack and wear  comfortable clothing, tennis shoes, and secure hair out of the face. Register online by clicking the links below or call (336) 229-3150 for more information.


Upcoming

Basic Archery Instruction for youth

Sessions: (please only sign up for one session) 
  • Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - Compound Bow Session
    Ages: 9 – 12 • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Register
    Ages: 13 – 16 • 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm Register

Archery Practice Session


Thursday, April 25, 2019 • 9:00 am  - 12:00 pm
Fee: $5 per participant, all equipment will be provided.
Register
Lake Mackintosh Park & Marina at the Clubhouse • 2704 Huffman Mill Road, Burlington
Ages: 9 - 16 (Prerequisite: completion of “Basic Archery Instruction for Youth” with Burlington Recreation & Parks)

For youth who have already completed “Basic Archery Instruction for Youth” with Burlington Recreation & Parks, and want more! We welcome you back to the range for more hands-on archery time. Participants will review standard safety and range procedures then spend the majority of the time shooting and trying out fun archery games. Space is limited; all participants must pre-register and complete a registration form with liability waiver the day of the program. Archery equipment will be provided so please leave all personal archery equipment at home.  Participants may bring a water bottle with their name on it and a healthy nut-free snack.  Wear comfortable clothing, tennis shoes, and secure hair out of the face. Register now or call (336) 229-3150 for more information.

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.