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 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, and small backpack to easily carry belonging.

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

Hike: Homestead Trail
9/12 from 9-11 am

Free
Meet at Shallow Ford Natural Area - 1955 Gerringer Mill Rd. Burlington. Hike 3 miles over rolling terrain and natural surface trail through this 190 acre nature area along the Haw River. Register by 9/3.

Fleet Feet Walkers 
Most Thursdays from 10 - 11 am
(Nov. 7, 14, 21, Dec. 5, 12, 19, Jan. 2) 

Free
Meet at the Kernodle Senior Center- 1535 S. Mebane St. Burlington NC 27215. Fleet Feet Walkers is a group that meets to walk for 45-60 minutes around City Park at a moderately brisk pace. The walks take place on paved surfaces and are weather permitting. Register by the Wednesday prior to each walk. 

Hike: SAX Island 
November 5 from 11 am - 1 pm

Free
Meet at Saxapahaw Island Park – 5550 Church Rd. Graham. We’ll hike the 1.5 mile loop twice for a total of 3 miles. The trail is mostly flat and sandy. Take in great views of the River. Register by 12/6. If you want, stay for lunch at the General Store after the hike. Optional transportation from Senior Center available for $2 – van leaves at 10:15 am. Pay day of hike.

Hike: Shallow Ford
November 13 from 2 - 4 pm

Free
Meet at Shallow Ford Natural Area - 1955 Gerringer Mill Rd. Burlington. Hike 3 miles on natural surface trails with hills through this 190 acre natural area along the Haw River. Register by 11/11.

Day Trip: Lake Jordan State Park
November 19 from 10:15 am - 5 pm 

Fee:  $10 + money for lunch (CASH ONLY)
Meet at the Kernodle Senior Center – 1535 S. Mebane St. Burlington. Transportation provided.  Have an early lunch at Al’s Diner in Pittsboro. Then head to Lake Jordan State Park Visitor Center to collect a stamp and visit the exhibit hall to learn about this beautiful lake. Take a short drive to New Hope Overlook to hike 3 miles as we look for bald eagles and other wildlife. Register and pay by 11/12. Prerequisite: completed 3 hikes with SOAR since August 1st. 

Hike: HRT at Stoney Creek Marina
November 26 from 2 – 4 pm

Free
Meet at Stoney Creek Marina – 1785 Faulkner Dr. Burlington. Hike 2.5 mile (total) hike on this out-and-back section of the Haw River Trail.  Walk the shores of Old City Lake and descend down to the banks of the Haw River. The trail is natural surface (roots, rocks) and includes a short, but steep section we hike twice (down, then back up). Register by 11/22. Optional transportation from Senior Center available for $2 – van leaves at 1:20 pm. Pay day of hike.

Hike: Cedarock Park
December 2 from 2 - 4 pm 

Free
Meet at Cedarock Park – 4242 R. Dean Coleman Rd. Burlington. Hike the 2 miles Spoons Branch Trail. Expect natural surface trail (roots, rocks, etc.) over rolling terrain with a few steep hills. Register by 11/27. Optional transportation from Senior Center available for $2 – van leaves at 1:20 pm. Pay day of hike.

Day Trip: NC Museums of History and Natural Science
December 10 from 9:15 am - 5:00 pm

Fee: $10 + money for lunch
Meet at the Kernodle Senior Center – 1535 S. Mebane St. Burlington. Transportation provided.  Visit the NC Museum of History (https://www.ncmuseumofhistory.org/) and the NC Museum of Natural Science (https://naturalsciences.org/) in Raleigh. Bring money for lunch at the museum café. Register and pay by 11/22. Prerequisite: completed 3 hikes with SOAR since September 1st.

SOAR Holiday Party 
December 19 from 12:15 - 1:30 pm

Free, but bring a dish to share.
Meet at Kernodle Senior Center - 1535 S. Mebane St. Burlington in Room A. Bring a dish to share to celebrate the holidays! Meat and drinks will be provided. Everyone is welcome. Register by 12/16.

Hike: Guilford-Mack Trail
January 3 from 2-4

Free
Meet at Guilford Mackintosh Marina – 1345 NC HWY 61 Whitsett. Park at the end of the road in the circular parking area and meet at the trail head. Hike is 3 miles on natural surface, rolling terrain with a few steep hills. Register by 1/2.







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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