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
July 10 from 9:00-11:00 am

Meet at Shallow Ford Natural Area - 1955 Gerringer Mill Rd. Burlington. Hike about 3 miles over rolling terrain and natural surface trail through this 190 acre nature area along the Haw River. Register by 7/8.

Hike: SAX
July 18 from 9:00-11:00 am

Meet outside the Saxapahaw General Store - 1735 Saxapahaw-Bethlehem Church Rd, Saxapahaw. Hike part of the Haw River Trail behind the mill before heading to the Island Park to explore the trails and checkout the nature play area. 3 miles. Bring money for an optional lunch at the General Store after the hike. Register by 7/16.

Hike: Haw River Trail
July 25 from 9:00-10:30 am

Meet at the Glencoe Paddle Access – 2348 Glencoe St. Burlington. Please car pool if possible - the parking lot is small. The hike is out and back on the Haw River Trail with a total distance around 2 miles. The trail has rolling terrain with some steps and lots of roots/rocks. Register by 7/23. This hike is recommended for those new to the group or new to hiking.

Hike: Rock Creek Trail
August 7 from 9:00-11:00 am

Meet at Cedarock Park - 4242 R. Dean Coleman Rd. Burlington. Park in the lot on the left just passed the playground. The hike will be about 2.5 miles on rolling, natural surface trail. Register by 8/5.

Hike: Guilford Mackintosh
August 13 from 9:00-11:00 am

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 8/12.

Hike: Town & Country Park
August 21 from 9-11 am

Meet at Town & Country – 2999 Regent Park Ln. Burlington. Parking is on-street. Hike 2.5 miles through this hilly natural area tucked away along the Haw River here in Burlington. There are no restrooms on site, so plan accordingly. Register by 8/19.

Day Trip: Eno River State Park
August 28 from 8:00 am - 3:30 pm

Fee: $10
Meet at Kernodle Senior Center - 1535 S. Mebane St. Burlington.  Transportation provided.  Hike 3 miles on the Pea Creek and Dunnagan Trail. Then head to Few’s Ford for a picnic lunch. After lunch enjoy some R&R next to the river.  Bring a sack lunch, camp chair, towel and water shoes or sandals with a heel strap for wading in the river (no bare feet please!) Bring a few extra dollars for a stop at Whit’s Frozen Custard on the way home. Register and pay by 8/21. Space is limited. Participants must have completed at least 3 hikes since May 1 to be eligible for this trip.

Interested in Sunset Paddles, Intro to Kayaking or Meet-Up Paddles. Visit www.BurlingtonNC.gov/Kayaking for information and to register.

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