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 are typically between 2-3 miles and generally last 1.25-2 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 online now!

Upcoming hikes:0821 SOAR Town and Country (2)

  • Tuesday, May 10 at 6:00 pm
    Guilford Mackintosh Park & Marina | 2 miles
  • Tuesday, May 24 at 6:00 pm
    Cedarock Park | 2.2 miles
  • Tuesday, June 7 at 6:00 pm
    Shallow Ford Natural Area | 2.5 miles
  • Tuesday, June 21 at 6:00 pm
    Haw River Trail @ Glencoe | 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! 

  • Alamance Creek Week
    May 14-21
    Various locations and activities.

    Alamance Creek Week is a way of learning more about the creeks, streams, and rivers that connect our communities here in Alamance County. It’s a weeklong series of activities like creek cleanups, Trivia Night, citizen science groups, family fishing clinics, seed planting, and more! Check the Alamance Creek Week website for all details, activities and programs!

  • Kids to Parks Day
    May 21, 9:00 am - 12 noon
    Arboretum at Willowbrook Park | 315 W. Willowbrook Dr. Burlington
    Come out and play in Burlington's newest park! Visit the Park & Play mobile recreation van with life-sized games and play equipment! Explore waterbugs in the creek and learn why it's so exciting to find them and, for the willing, have an up-close encounter with some macroinvertebrates! Learn about trees and go on a tree ID scanger hunt. Arboretum Manager and certified arborist, Jason Barnhill, will be on hand to help identify these tree-mendous plants.  No registration required - just come and join the fun!

  • Grow Wild: A Summer Hiking Series for Families 
    June 11 at 9 am. Picnic Shelter at Guilford Mackintosh Lake
    July 9  at 9 am. Picnic Shelter at Lake Cammack
    August 13 at 9 am. Gazebo at Glencoe Paddle Access 


    Bring the family for an interactive, outdoor experience where you'll learn about the great outdoors, make a craft, and enjoy a 30-minute stroll around a different park each month. This special program is presented in partnership between Alamance County Library and Burlington Recreation and Parks. For more information call (336) 229-3588. Registration required. 
    Registration coming soon!

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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