Outdoor Programs for Seniors
Senior Outdoor Adventure Recreation (SOAR) engages adults 55+ in outdoor activities to promote the health benefits of being active in nature. Burlington Recreation and Parks provide experienced guides and a diverse program offering. For more outdoor programs available to the general public, visit www.BurlingtonNC.gov/Outdoors.
All participants must become SOAR Members to participate in hikes and activities.
To become a SOAR Member, register through our online portal. Your membership is complete when you have completed the online member registration AND have turned in the medical clearance form that requires a doctor's signature.
- Register now to become a SOAR Member
- Get step-by-step instructions on creating an account/logging in and registering for SOAR Membership
- Download/Print the required Medical Clearance Form (requires doctor's signature)
For specific questions about SOAR Membership, forms, or the hikes contact Melissa Hoose, Outdoor Program Coordinator, at (336) 484-1394 or send an email.
Upcoming Events - September-October Registration Opens on 9/2 at 8 am.
Registration is required for all hikes!
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR HIKES.
Members may call the Kernodle Senior Center at (336) 222-5135 (ask to speak with Melissa or Brittany) or call the Recreation & Parks Office at (336) 222-5030 press 0 assistance or email the SOAR coordinator once registration has opened.
Space is limited on all hikes and pre-registration is required.
(You must be a SOAR Member to register and participate in SOAR hikes.)
Usually, a separate hike for each pace group is offered. Learn about the pace groups:
- Stroll Pace is a more relaxed pace (>30min/mile) where we have time to observe and enjoy nature and the company of the group. New members are encouraged to start with a "stroll pace" before joining a hike pace.
- Hike Pace is a quicker pace (<30min/mile) where the emphasis leans towards a fitness walk in nature with like-minded folks.
HRT at Longmeadow
HIKE PACE - Wednesday, 9/14 at 9 am
STROLL PACE - Thursday, 9/15 at 9 am
Meet at the trailhead - 1120 Valley Dr. Graham. Hike 2.5-3 miles on this out-and-back trail along the Haw River. NO RESTROOMS.
Cate’s Farm Park
HIKE PACE - Wednesday, 9/21 at 9 am
STROLL PACE - Thursday, 9/22 9 am
Cates Farm Park - 1169 N 1st St, Mebane. Hike about 2 miles of trails at the newest park in Mebane! Rolling trails loop through a meadow and into the woods.
Shallow Ford Natural Area
HIKE PACE - Wednesday, 9/28 at 9 am
STROLL PACE - Thursday, 9/29 at 9 am
Meet at Shallow Ford Natural Area - 1955 Gerringer Mill Rd. Burlington. Hike 2-3 miles on the various trails. Expect some hills and natural surface trails with plenty of roots and rocks.
GSO Watershed Trails
HIKE PACE - Wednesday, 10/5 10 am
STROLL PACE - Thursday, 10/6 at 10 am
Meet at the Palmetto Trailhead parking area - across the road from 4455 Old Battleground Rd. Greensboro, NC 27410. Hike a solid moderately strenuous 3 miles on the Palmetto and Nat Greene Trails around the upper end of Lake Brandt. NO RESTROOMS. Pre-requisite: 3 hikes with the group since August.
Cookout & Hike at Guilford Mackintosh
ALL PACES - Monday, 10/10 at 11:30 am
Meet at the Picnic Shelter - 1345 NC HWY 61, Whitsett. Enjoy a lakeside cookout. Bring a side, salad or dessert to share. Hot dogs, fixings, drinks & paper products provided. Optional 1-mile hike after the cookout. Fee: $5
Town & Country Park
ALL PACES Thursday, 10/20 at 3:00 pm
Meet at Town & Country - 2999 Regent Park Ln. Burlington. Parking is on-street. Hike 2 miles through this hilly natural area tucked away along the Haw River here in Burlington. NO RESTROOMS. This hike is open to all paces, but will walk at a stroll pace.
Eno River Confluence Natural Area
HIKE PACE - Wednesday, 10/26 at 10 am
STROLL PACE - Thursday, 10/27 at 10 am
Meet at the ERCNA - 4214 Highland Farm Rd. Hillsborough. Hike 2.5-3 miles on moderately strenuous trails in this unique and hilly 200-acre nature preserve where the East & West Forks of the Eno River merge. NO RESTROOM.
HIKE PACE - Wednesday, 11/2 at 3 pm
STROLL PACE - Thursday, 11/3 at 3 pm
Meet at the Cedarock in the lot across from the Historic Farm - 4242 R. Dean Coleman Rd. Burlington. Hike 2-2.5 miles on the rolling, natural surface Spoons Branch Trail.
Meet-Up Paddles @ Guilford Mackintosh Park & Marina
What to Wear & What to Bring on a Hike
- Layers/clothing appropriate for the weather.
- Sturdy walking/athletic shoes or hiking boots. Absolutely no sandals or open-toed shoes for hikes.
- Water bottle.
- Trekking poles or walking stick highly recommended.
- Insect repellent, sunscreen/protection - optional
- Small backpack to carry personal belongings - optional.
Interested in additional hiking and outdoor adventures, visit www.BurlingtonNC.gov/Outdoors for more information and to register.