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)

  • FALL FOLIAGE HIKE Saturday, October 30 at 1:00 pm
    Guilford Mackintosh Park | 3 miles 
  • Saturday, November 13 at 10:30 am
    HRT/Longmeadow Trailhead | 2 miles 
  • Sunday, November 28 at 1:30 pm
    Cedarock Park | 2.5 miles 
  • 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 mile

Sip & Strolls

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, November 20 from 2:00-3:00 pm
    "Tea Trot" Grab a cup of tea from a provided selection or bring your favorite to enjoy. 
  • 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. 

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Nature 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!

    Saturday, November 13 from 1:30-3:00 pm
    Fee: $6 per GPS unit (one GPS unit can serve a family/party up to 4). Registration required. Register now.
    Guilford Mackintosh Park and Marina - 1345 NC HWY 61, Whitsett 27377

    Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants use a provided GPS device to navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates where a cache is hidden. After an introduction to geocaching and the GPS device, head out and geocache around the Park. Plan on walking 2+ miles so wear comfortable walking shoes and bring water. All supplies/equipment will be provided including one handheld GPS unit for each family/party. If you have 5 or more in your family, it's recommended you register as 2 parties. Adults, as well as kids ages 6 and up, will enjoy this program. All children must be accompanied by a participating adult.

    Do you have a church, scout, homeschool or other group interested in geocaching? Contact us about setting up a custom geocaching program for your group!
  • 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.
**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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