Outdoor Programs

What's Happening Now:
Due to COVID-19 and to help reduce the spread of the disease, all outdoor programs have been cancelled until further notice. For complete details on the City's response and current park and facility closures, click here.

Check out these programs that can be done on your own or with members of your household that will get you active and exploring outside!

Take a Hike

Take a Hike Challenge 


Burlington Recreation & Parks invites you to participate in the Take a Hike Challenge.  Each Friday, for four weeks, we will announce a trail in or near Burlington for you to take a hike! Then you have a week to go get the hike done. Share photos from your Take a Hike Challenge on social media - use the hashtag #btownwalks and #takeahikebtown on Facebook or Instagram  -  to show us you conquered the trail! Click on the trails below for helpful information and maps on each location. Information will be posted as trails are announced each Friday.

Be sure to review the safety and stewardship tips below before hitting the trail! 

WEEK 4: Guilford Mackintosh Trail


Trailhead Parking: 1345 NC HWY 61, Whitsett, NC 27377. After entering Guilford Mackintosh Park & Marina, continue straight and go to the end of the road and park in the circular lot. The trail starts down the paved path left of the tan building. 
Hours: Friday-Tuesday from 7 am to 6:30 pm (closed Wed-Thu).
Trail Distance: 3 miles (with shorter options - 0.5, 1 and 2 mile loops)
Trail Type: Loop
Elevation Gain: 193 feet 
Restroom: Open. Located in tan building near trail head.
Trail Description: This trail is moderately trafficked, natural-surfaced and rated as moderate. The trail is rolling and follows the shore line of the lake for the majority of the length before climbing into a pine forest in the last mile. Near the halfway point, there is gazebo that offers views of the lake and a place to sit down to restMore information available at AllTrails.com. If you liked the hike, consider leaving a review on AllTrails.com. If you happen to notice anything that needs attention please email us. 
Map: click for printable map

WEEK 3: HAW RIVER TRAIL - GLENCOE PADDLE ACCESS TO CAROLINA MILL


Trailhead Parking: 2348 Glencoe St, Burlington, NC 27217
Hours: Everyday from 8 am - 8 pm
Trail Distance: 2 miles 
Trail Type: Out-and-back (1 mile out, 1 mile back)
Elevation Gain: 33 feet 
Restroom: Open. Portalet available in the corner of the parking area.
Trail Description: This section of the Haw River Trail is lightly trafficked, natural-surfaced and rated as moderate. A great hike for beginner hikers. It is used for walking, hiking, trail running and is an easy escape into nature.  Dogs on a leash are allowed. The trail start passed the gazebo, goes under the HWY 62 bridge and continues to follow the river 1 mile to the vacant Carolina Mill building. Turn around here and return along the same path for a 2-mile round trip hike. This trail is well shaded. After a rain it can become very muddy in spots. More information available at AllTrails.com (note this link also shows the continuation of the trail to Stoney Creek Marina). If you liked the hike, consider leaving a review on AllTrails.com. If you happen to notice anything that needs attention please email us. 
Map: click for printable map


WEEK 2: SPRINGWOOD TRAIL


Trailhead Parking: Springwood Park - 1450 Springwood Church Rd. Burlington, NC 27216. Trail is accessible from all parking areas, but we'd suggest parking in the lot closest to the baseball fields.
Hours: Everyday from sunrise to sunset 
Trail Distance: 2.2 miles (with options to shorten or lengthen to meet your needs)
Trail Type: Loop 
Elevation Gain: 88 feet 
Restroom: Open – located in the center of the baseball complex.
Trail Description: Springwood Trail is a 2.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail and is good for all skill levels. This paved trail is a good for walking or running. The trail is stroller and kid-friendly. Dogs on a leash are allowed. The park is mostly dedicated to athletic fields and the trail loops around the perimeter of the park offering varied views along the way. Be cautious of flying discs - as the trail often parallels the disc golf course. The trail is fairly open and offers little shade, so choose cooler weather or early/late day walking to avoid the heat and sun. More information available at AllTrails.com. If you liked the hike, consider leaving a review on AllTrails.com. If you happen to notice anything that needs attention please email us. 
Map: click for printable map


WEEK 1: CITY PARK TRAIL


Trailhead Parking:
 273 E. Kitchin St. Burlington, NC 27215 (corner of Mebane St. and Kitchin St.)
Hours: Everyday from sunrise to sunset 
Trail Distance: 1.8 miles (with options to shorten or lengthen to meet your needs)
Trail Type: Loop 
Elevation Gain: 65 feet 
Restroom: Open – located at trailhead parking near walking track. 
Trail Description: Burlington City Park Trail is a 1.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail and is good for all skill levels. The trail is a combination of gravel, sidewalk and asphalt paths with easy to follow signage throughout. The trail meanders through Burlington City Park taking hikers by ball fields, a dog park, the amusement ride area, natural areas, as well as the aquatic center, splash park and tennis center. The trail is primarily used for walking and running. Dogs on a leash are also allowed on the trail. The trail is stroller and kid-friendly. More information available at AllTrails.com. If you liked the hike, consider leaving a review on AllTrails.com. If you happen to notice anything that needs attention please email us. 
Map: click for printable map

SAFETY Tips


In light of COVID-19, while participating in the Take a Hike Challenge, please follow these guidelines to stay safe and healthy: 
  • Stay home if you are sick or have been around someone who is.  
  • Keep at least 6 feet away from others at all times. 
  • Hike only with those in your immediate household. 
  • Carry water and hand sanitizer. Services may be limited at parks and trails. 
  • Don’t touch your face and wash or sanitize your hands frequently. 
  • Avoid peak times – if the trailhead is full or busy, come back later.

STEWARDship Tips


While you are hiking remember to be good steward of our parks and trails! Here are some tips to use while you are using parks and trails.
  • Trash your trash, don't leave it behind.
  • Leave what you find, take only pictures.
  • Respect wildlife.The park or trail is their home and you are only visiting.
  • Be kind to other visitors and users. 
  • Keep your pet on a leash.
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FOR MORE INFORMATION ON ANY OF THESE PROGRAMS, EMAIL OR CALL THE OUTDOOR PROGRAM COORDINATOR AT (336) 222-5135.

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