Outdoor Programs for Seniors

Outdoor Programs for Seniors engages adults 55+ in outdoor activities to promote the health benefits of being active in nature.  Burlington Recreation and Parks has teamed up with Alamance County Recreation and Parks to provide experienced guides and a diverse program offering. All participants must have a medical clearance and liability waiver & release completed for the current year before participating. For more outdoor program available to the general public, visit Burlington Recreation and Parks Outdoor Programs.

Upcoming Events


 
To register for an event, call the Kernodle Senior Center at (336) 222-5135. 

Day Trip: Orienteering at Carver’s Creek State Park
March 5 from 9:45 am – 5:00 pm
Fee: $12 + money for lunch

Meet at Kernodle Senior Center - 1535 S. Mebane St. Burlington.  Transportation provided.  Learn from a State Park Ranger how to navigating through a forest with a map and compass! Expect to hike up to 3 miles off-trail. Trekking poles, sturdy walking shoes, long pants and long-sleeve shirts are highly recommended. Have lunch in Spring Lake at Mi Casita (www.micasitarestaurants.com/spring-lake) prior to the class. Register and pay by 3/1.

Hike: Shallow Ford Natural Area
March 14 from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Free

Meet at Shallow Ford Natural Area - 1955 Gerringer Mill Rd. Burlington. Hike about 3 miles through this 190 acre natural area along the Haw River. Trekking poles recommend. Bring a water bottle. Register by 3/12.

Hike: Haw River Trail at Longmeadow Trail Head
March 20 from 2-4 pm
Free

Meet at the Longmeadow Trailhead - 1120 Valley Drive, Graham. Hike 3-4 miles over natural surface trail. Expect some rolling hills. Trekking poles recommended. Restrooms are not available at trail head – plan accordingly. Register by 3/18. Optional transportation from the Kernodle Senior Center available for $2 – van leaves at 1:30 pm. Pay day of hike.

Hike: Haw River Trail at Glencoe Paddle Access
March 26 from 12-2 pm
Free

Meet at the Glencoe Paddle Access - 2348 Glencoe St. Burlington. The hike is out and back on the Haw River Trail with a total distance of 2 miles. The trail has rolling terrain, a few stairs and natural surface path. Trekking poles recommended. Bring a water bottle. Register by 3/15. This is a good hike for beginners. 

Hike: Guilford County Farm 
April 2 from 2-4 pm
Free

Meet at the Guilford County Farm – 7315 Howerton Rd, Elon. Check out the new loop at the farm (no road walking!) Plan to hike about 4 miles. Expect natural surface trail with some steeper terrain. Trekking poles recommended. Register by 3/29. Optional transportation from the Kernodle Senior Center available for $2 – van leaves at 1:20 pm. Pay day of hike.

Hike: Eno River State Park
April 9 from 9 am – 4 pm
Fee: $5

Meet at Kernodle Senior Center - 1535 S. Mebane St. Burlington.  Transportation provided.  Hike 3 miles on the Pea Creek and Dunnagan Trail. Then head to Few’s Ford for a picnic lunch followed by a 1.5 mile hike on Buckquarter Creek Trail. Trekking pole required. Bring a sack lunch. Register and pay by 4/2. Participants must have completed at least 2 hikes with the

Hike: Guilford Mackintosh Park & Marina
April 16 from 3-5 pm
Free

Meet at Guilford Mackintosh Marina – 1345 NC HWY 61 Whitsett. Park at the end of the road in the circular parking area and meet at the trail head. Hike is 3 miles on natural surface, rolling terrain with a few steep hills. Trekking poles recommended. Bring a water bottle. Register by 4/12.

Hike: Lake Cammack
April 23 from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Free

Meet at Lake Cammack – 4790 Union Ridge Rd. Burlington. Hike 2 miles over rolling terrain next to the lake. Look for bald eagles, osprey and heron as we hike. Pack an optional sack lunch and stick around after the hike to eat. Register by 4/19. Optional transportation from the Kernodle Senior Center available for $2 – van leaves at 10:20 am. Pay day of hike. This is a great hike for beginners.

Intro to Archery
April 25 from 1:30-4:00 pm
Free

Meet at the Clubhouse at Mackintosh Marina (temporary indoor archery range) - 2704 Huffman Mill Road, Burlington. This is a beginner course featuring an intro to archery, safety on the range, 11 steps to archery success and a proper shot. Space is limited. Register by 3/18. 

Hike: Hanging Rock & Pilot Mountain
April 30 from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Fee: $10

Meet at Kernodle Senior Center - 1535 S. Mebane St. Burlington.  Transportation provided.  Hike to the summit of Hanging Rock on a 3 mile trek.  Bring a sack lunch to eat after the hike. Head to Pilot Mountain for great views on a 1 mile hike around the knob. These hikes are MODERATE TO STRENUOUS with a healthy amount of climbing/descending, including stairs. Trekking poles required and participants must have completed at least 3 hikes with the group since February 1. Register and pay by 4/23.



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Trail Work Day
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Registration required for all programs. Call the Kernodle Senior Center to register: (336) 222-5135