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. 


Fleet Feet Walkers 
Most Thursdays from 10 - 11 am
(Jan. 2, 23, Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27)

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: 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.

Walk: Springwood Park
January 14, 2-4 pm
Free

Meet at Springwood Park - 1450 Springwood Church Rd. Burlington - near the playground past the soccer fields. Get your steps in on this 2-3 mile walk on a paved trail around the park. Great walk for those new to the SOAR group. Register by 1/13.

Hike: Greensboro
January 22 from 12:30 - 5:00 pm
Fee: $5

Meet at Kernodle Senior Center - 1535 S. Mebane St. Burlington. Transportation provided. Head to Greensboro and hike 3 miles through the Richardson Taylor Preserve. Register by 1/17. Prerequisite: 3 SOAR hikes since November 1st.

Hike: Haw River Trail
January 27 from 2-4 pm
Free

Meet at Glencoe Paddle Access 2348 Glencoe St. Burlington. Hike 2 miles total on this out-and-back stretch of the Haw River Trail. Trail is rolling with some uneven rock steps. Great trail for beginner hikers. Register by 1/24.

Hike: Town & Country Park
February 5 from 2-4 pm
Free

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, plan accordingly. Register by 2/3

Hike: Shallow Ford
February 11 from 2-4 pm
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 2/7.

Day Trip: Winston Salem
February 21 from 9 am – 5 pm
Fee: $10 plus money for lunch and wine tastings

Meet at Kernodle Senior Center - 1535 S. Mebane St. Burlington. Transportation provided. Take a hike in Winston Salem before lunch at Mama Zoe’s. Enjoy a wine tasting at a local winery or two before heading home (tastings about $10/each). Prerequisite: 3 SOAR hikes since December 1st.

Hike: Long Meadow
February 24 from 2-4:30
Free

Meet at the Longmeadow Trailhead - 1120 Valley Drive, Graham. Hike 3.5 miles over natural surface trail. Expect some rolling hills. Trekking poles recommended. Restrooms not available at trail head – plan accordingly. Register by 2/21. Optional transportation from the Kernodle Senior Center available for $2 – van leaves at 1:30 pm. Pay day of hike.


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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