Outdoor Programs

What's Happening Now:

  • Get Hiking! Guided, small group hikes open to all ages that take place around Alamance County.

  • Sip & Stroll: A hot beverage and a casual stroll around City Park on fall afternoons. 

  • Kayak Programs: Meet-Up Paddles, Dynamic Duo (Youth/Adult) Paddles, Leaf Peep Paddles.

  • Nature Play Programs: Make & Take Raingardens, Geocaching, Animals Alive!

  • SOAR Hikes: Guided hikes for ages 55 and up only.


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. 
Free, but pre-registration required! Space is limited.
For additional info on each hike and to register, click the green "Register Now" button.
Please note, registered hikers will get a receipt with additional details regarding the hike.
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Upcoming Hikes:
  • Tuesday, October 19 at 5:15 pm
    Town & Country Park | 2 miles
    Saturday, October 30 at 1:00 pm

    Guilford Mackintosh Park | 3 miles
  • Saturday, November 13 at 10:30 am
    HRT/Longmeadow Trailhead | 2 miles
  • Sunday, November 28 at 1:30 pm
    Cedarock Park | 2.5 miles
  • Saturday, December 11 at 1:30 pm
    *Get Hiking - Sip & Stoll Smash-Up* Enjoy a hot beverage as we walk City Park!
    Burlington City Park | 2 miles
  • Sunday, December 19 at 1:30 pm
    Guilford Mackintosh Park & Marina | 3 mile

Sip & Strolls

Enjoy a hot beverage and a casual stroll around City Park on a fall afternoon. Strolls depart from Thataways Youth Center located at 1331 Overbrook Rd. Burlington. Strolls open to all ages.
Free, but pre-registration required. Register now.

Upcoming Sip & Strolls
  • Saturday, November 20 from 2:00-3:00 pm 
    "Tea Trot" Grab a cup of tea from a provided selection or bring your favorite to enjoy. 
  • Saturday, December 11 at 1:30 pm
    *Get Hiking - Sip & Stoll Smash-Up* Sip & Sroll and the Get Hiking! program join forces on this day to enjoy a hot beverage and walk around City Park. 

Nature Play

Nature Play programs are geared to get families with elementary aged kids outdoors in nature, learning, playing and having fun! Some of programs are more educational and some are purely fun! All ages are always welcome, but minors must be accompanied by a participating adult. These programs are free or low cost. Space is limited for all programs and registration is required!

  • MAKE & TAKE: A Rainbow of Rain Gardens
    Saturday, October 16 from 1:30-2:30 pm
    Fee: FREE. Registration required. Register now.
    Thataways Youth Center - 1331 Overbrook Rd, Burlington 27215

    Join us to learn how native wildflowers and grasses clean the water after it rains and keep pollution out of our creeks and streams! Children and caregivers will learn how to identify native plants like swamp milkweed, coneflowers, northern blue flag, coreopsis, black-eyed susans, soft rush, little blue stem, and more. We will talk about how wildlife use the plants for food and cover and then we will start our own mini rain gardens! Each participant will decorate a colorful planter, adds seeds and soil, and make tags for their rain garden plants. Caregivers will receive a full-color DIY Guide to Rainscaping with instructions on how to make a backyard rain garden. This program is geared toward elementary age students, but all ages are welcome. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 

    Saturday, November 13 from 1:30-3:00 pm 
    Fee: $6 per GPS unit (one GPS unit can accommodate up to 4 people). Registration required. Register now.
    Guilford Mackintosh Park and Marina - 1345 NC HWY 61, Whitsett 27377 
    Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants use a provided GPS device to navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates where a cache is hidden. After an introduction to geocaching and the GPS device, we'll head out and geocache around the Park. Plan on walking 2+ miles so wear comfortable walking shoes and bring water. All supplies/equipment will be provided including one handheld GPS unit  for each party. If you have 5 or more in your family, it's recommended you register as 2 parties. Adults as well as kids ages 6 and up will enjoy this program. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 
    Do you have a church group, scout group, homeschool group or other group interested in geocaching? Contact us about setting up a custom geocaching program for your group!  

    Saturday, December 11 from 11:00 am - 12:00 noon
    Fee: $2 per person. Registration required. Register now.
    Thataways Youth Center - 1331 Overbrook Rd, Burlington 27215

    Special guest, Ranger Mikey, will bring some cool North Carolina native animals and their exotic friends to share during this exciting interactive, presentation-style event! Ranger Mikey will make sure you have some hands-on fun and learn loads of cool facts about these amazing animals. All are welcome, but children must be accompanied by an adult.
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**A note about online registration**
Burlington Recreation and Parks has transitioned to a new cloud-based registration program, CivicRec. When you click the link to register, you will be taken to this new platform. If you are a new user, you will create an account. You will only have to do this once. Under your account you will be able to add members of your family for quick and easy registration for hiking programs and any other program offered through Burlington Recreation & Parks. If you are a returning user, log into your account and register!