Outdoor Programs

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Get Hiking! Series

Get hiking on local trails in Burlington and around Alamance County! These small-group guided hikes take place on natural surface trails, over rolling terrain with occasional steep hills. Hikes generally last 1.5-2 hours depending on length. All ages are welcome, but minors must be accompanied by an adult. Registered hikers will receive a receipt with additional details regarding each hike.
Free, but pre-registration required! Register now.

Upcoming hikes:0821 SOAR Town and Country (2)

  • Saturday, December 11 at 1:30 pm
    *Get Hiking - Sip & Stoll Smash-Up* Enjoy a hot beverage as we walk City Park!
    Burlington City Park | 2 miles 
  • Sunday, December 19 at 1:30 pm
    Guilford Mackintosh Park & Marina | 3 miles
  • FIRST DAY HIKE - Saturday, January 1 at 12:30 pm
    Guilford Mackintosh Park & Marina | 3 miles
  • Saturday, January 22 at 1:30 pm
    Shallow Ford Natural Area | 2 miles
  • Saturday, January 29 at 1:30 pm
    Haw River Trail - Longmeadow Trailhead | 2 miles

Nature Play

0421 Creek 12 Opens in new windowNature Play programs are geared to get families with elementary-aged kids engaged in nature, learning, playing, and having fun! Some of the programs are educational in focus, while some are purely fun! All ages are always welcome, but minors must be accompanied by a participating adult. These programs are free or low-cost. Space is limited for all programs and registration is required! 

  • ANIMALS ALIVE!Large turtle eating celery with a child touching the shell of the turtle.
    Saturday, December 11 from 11:00 am - 12:00 noon
    Fee: $2 per person. Registration required. Register now.
    Thataways Youth Center - 1331 Overbrook Rd, Burlington 27215

    Special guest, Ranger Mikey, will bring some amazing North Carolina native animals and their exotic friends to share during this exciting interactive, presentation-style event! Ranger Mikey will make sure you have some hands-on fun and learn loads of cool facts about these amazing animals. All are welcome, but children must be accompanied by a participating adult.

Sip & Stroll

Enjoy a hot beverage and a casual stroll around City Park on a crisp afternoon. Strolls depart from Thataways Youth Center located at 1331 Overbrook Rd. Burlington. Strolls are open to all ages. Free, but pre-registration required. Register now.

Upcoming Sip & Strolls: 

  • Saturday, December 11 at 1:30 pm *Get Hiking - Sip & Stoll Smash-Up* Sip & Stroll and the Get Hiking! program join forces on this day to enjoy a hot beverage and walk around City Park.

Hikes with Hounds

Burlington Animal Services has partnered with both Burlington and Graham's Recreation & Parks departments to provide Hikes with Hounds. Hikes with Hounds matches trained volunteers with shelter dogs during a group hike on local trails in Alamance County. Hikes are offered one Friday a month at 10 am. This volunteer opportunity offers adoptable dogs at Burlington Animal Services an enrichment activity that allows them to enjoy nature, socialize with people, and exercise - and it does the same for volunteers! The Hikes with Hounds program began in the spring of 2015, receiving the 2016 North Carolina Recreation & Parks Association’s Innovative Program Award.

Become a Hikes with Hound Volunteer:Hikes with Hounds

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Be able to hike up to 3 miles at a moderate pace on uneven and natural surface terrain
  • Complete the online Hikes with Hound Program Registration and Waiver 
  • Complete a one-time Burlington Animal Services Volunteer Orientation Training prior to participating on a hike, now offered virtually, before becoming a trail dog walker.
  • Submit a copy of your ID prior to the first hike
  • Review Volunteer Procedures for Hikes

Volunteers who have completed the Program Registration and Waiver, Volunteer Orientation Training, and provided a copy of ID will be placed on the email list to be notified of upcoming hikes. 

For more information, please email the Hikes with Hounds coordinator.

Burlington Animal Services serves all of Alamance County. Learn how you can help by calling (336) 578-0343. View available pets online at  www.BurlingtonNC.gov/pets.

**A note about online registration**
Burlington Recreation and Parks has transitioned to a new cloud-based registration program, CivicRec. When you click the link to register, you will be taken to this new platform. If you are a new user, you will create an account. You will only have to do this once. Under your account you will be able to add members of your family for quick and easy registration for hiking programs and any other program offered through Burlington Recreation & Parks. If you are a returning user, log into your account and register! 

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