Outdoor Programs

What's Happening Now:
The City of Burlington has reviewed and approved for some outdoor programs to begin again. Please familiarize yourself with the new safety protocols that are in place to safe guard the health of participants and staff against COVID-19. 

  • Get Hiking! Guided, small group hikes open to all ages that take place around Alamance County.
  • Kayak Programs: Meet-Up Paddles, Sunset Paddles, Youth Paddle-Palooza Clinic
  • SOAR Hikes: Guided hikes for ages 55 and up only.
  • Alamance Creek Week: May 1 - 8. Learn about creeks and the importance of keeping them healthy and clean through programs and activities! 
 

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.
Click on the green "Register Now" button to hike info and to sign up.
All registered hikers will get a receipt with additional important details regarding the hike. 
Register Now Button
Upcoming Hikes:
  • Saturday, May 8 at 9:00 am
    City Park | 2 miles
  • Tuesday, May 11 at 5:45 pm
    HRT at Longmeadow Trailhead | 3 miles
  • Tuesday, May 25 at 5:45 pm
    Guilford Mackintosh Park & Marina | 2 miles
  • Tuesday, June 8 at 5:45 pm
    Shallow Ford Natural Area | 2.5-3 miles
  • Tuesday, June 22 at 5:45 pm
    Great Bend Park | 2 miles
**A note about online registration**
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. As a new user, you will need to create an account - this should be a pretty quick and painless - and you will only have to do it 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. 

COVID Protocols for Group Hikes:
  • Pre-registration required. No walk-ups allowed. Group size is limited.
  • Don't attend if you are sick or high-risk for COVID.
  • Masks are recommended if social distancing cannot be maintained. 
  • Social distancing is encouraged. COVID Protocols for Group Hikes:
  • Pre-registration required. No walk-ups allowed.
  • Do NOT attend if you are sick or have been around someone who is. If you have underlying medical conditions or high-risk for COVID, we encourage you to not attend.
  • Group size is limited in accordance with mass gathering limits/executive orders. 
  • Participants and staff are required to wear masks when not actively hiking.
  • 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).
COVID Protocols for Group Hikes:
  • Pre-registration required. No walk-ups allowed.
  • Do NOT attend if you are sick or have been around someone who is. If you have underlying medical conditions or high-risk for COVID, we encourage you to not attend.
  • Group size is limited in accordance with mass gathering limits/executive orders. 
  • Participants and staff are required to wear masks when not actively hiking.
  • 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).
COVID Protocols for Group Hikes:
  • Pre-registration required. No walk-ups allowed.
  • Do NOT attend if you are sick or have been around someone who is. If you have underlying medical conditions or high-risk for COVID, we encourage you to not attend.
  • Group size is limited in accordance with mass gathering limits/executive orders. 
  • Participants and staff are required to wear masks when not actively hiking.
  • 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).
COVID Protocols for Group Hikes:
  • Pre-registration required. No walk-ups allowed.
  • Do NOT attend if you are sick or have been around someone who is. If you have underlying medical conditions or high-risk for COVID, we encourage you to not attend.
  • Group size is limited in accordance with mass gathering limits/executive orders. 
  • Participants and staff are required to wear masks when not actively hiking.
  • 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).
 

Alamance Creek Week: May 1 - 8, 2021

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, geocaching, seed planting, and more! Alamance Creek Week is presented by many partners across the county. For a complete listing of activities, visit the Alamance Creek Week webpage

Creek Week Activities with  Burlington Recreation & Parks:

  • Creek Clean-Up
    Thursday, May 6 from 5:30 - 7:00 pm 
    at City Park (1435 Overbrook Rd. Burlington) - Register now!
    This is your chance to do something proactive to help our waterways! Litter on streets and in parks often gets washed into creeks. Join a cleanup at North Park or City Park and be part of the solution! Gloves and trash bags will be provided. Minors must be accompanied by a participating adult. *Masks and social distancing must be observed at this event. Pre-registration is required.

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.