Outdoor Programs

What's Happening Now:
As North Carolina moves to reopen, the City of Burlington has reviewed and approved for some outdoor programs to begin again. If you are interested in participating in any of these activities, please familiarize yourself with the new safety protocols that are in place to safe guard the health of participants and staff against COVID-19.  For complete details on the City's response and current park and facility openings/closures, click here.

  • Get Hiking! Guided, small group hikes around Alamance County.
  • Kayak Programs: Intro to Kayaking, Meet-Up Paddles and Sunset Paddles

GET HIKING! SERIES


Get hiking on local trails around Burlington and Alamance County! Join a small group, guided hike and come ready for natural surface trails, rolling terrain with a few steep hills and a moderate pace. Wear comfortable walking shoes (closed-toed) or boots. Bring a water bottle, insect repellent, hand sanitizer and trekking poles (optional). Hikes generally last between 1.5-2 hours. All ages welcome, but minors must be accompanied by an adult. Please leave your four-legged friends at home at this time. Free, but pre-registration required! Space is limited. Register now.

Upcoming Hikes:
  • Tuesday, August 11 at 6:00 pm
    Guilford Mackintosh Park & Marina - 1345 NC HWY 61, Whitsett | 2 miles | Register
  • Tuesday, August 25 at 6:00 pm 
    Great Bend Park - 350 Greenwood Dr. Burlington | 2.5 miles | Register
  • Tuesday, September 8 at 5:30 pm
    Shallow Ford Natural Area - 1955 Gerringer Rd. Burlington | 2.5 miles | Register
  • Thursday, September 17 at 5:30 pm
    Haw River Trail - Glencoe Paddle Access - 2348 Glencoe St. Burlington | 2 miles | Register
  • Tuesday, September 22 at 5:30 pm
    Haw River Trail - Longmeadow Trail Head - 1120 Valley Dr. Graham | 2.5 miles | Register
Health and Safety Protocols for Group Hikes:
  • Do NOT attend if you are sick or have been around someone who is.
  • It is highly encouraged for high-risk persons NOT attend. According to the CDC, high-risk includes people 65+ and/or have serious underlying medical conditions (immunocompromised, chronic lung disease, moderate-to-severe asthma, serious heart conditions, severe obesity, diabetes, chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis or liver disease). 
  • Group size is limited in accordance with mass gathering limits/executive orders. Pre-registration required. No walk-ups allowed. 
  • Participants and staff are required to wear masks during check-in and as the group gathers before the hike. Once hiking and social distanced on the trail, masks will not be required.
  • During the hike, participants and staff will keep social distance unless they are from the same household.
  • Participants and staff are encouraged to wash or sanitize hands before and after hiking (please be prepared with your own hand sanitizer).

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.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON ANY OF THESE PROGRAMS, EMAIL OR CALL THE OUTDOOR PROGRAM COORDINATOR AT (336) 222-5135.

Of all the paths you take, make sure a few of them are dirt.