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 provides experienced guides and a diverse program offering. All participants must have a medical clearance and liability waiver & release, and COVID-19 release completed for the current year before participating. For more outdoor program available to the general public, visit Burlington Recreation and Parks Outdoor Programs.

If you don't see the most up-to-date info on events below, be sure to check out the bi-monthly newsletter located at www.BurlingtonNC.gov/Seniors.

Upcoming Events



For all hikes sturdy, closed-toed walking shoes and water are required. Trekking poles are highly recommended. Other recommended items include insect repellent, hat, sun protection, layers appropriate for the weather and small backpack to easily carry belonging.

To register for an event, call the Kernodle Senior Center at (336) 222-5135. Questions about the hikes or required forms, contact Melissa Hoose, Outdoor Program Coordinator, at (336) 484-1394 or send an email. Remember you must have a current waiver/release, COVID-19 release, and medical clearance form on file prior to participation. Space is limited on all hikes.

Hike: Cedarock Park
Tuesday, June 29 at 9:00 am

Park in the gravel lot on left, just past the playground (about 0.4 mile past the historic farm). Hike 2-2.5 miles on Rock Creek Trail a natural surface trail over rolling terrain with some steep hills. 

Hike: Lake Cammack Trail
Friday, Jul 16 at 9:00 am

Meet at Lake Cammack - 4790 Union Ridge Rd. Burlington. Hike about 2 miles over rolling terrain next to the lake. Look for bald eagles, osprey and heron. Free.

Hike: HRT - Glencoe
Thursday, July 22 at 9:00 am

Meet at Glencoe Paddle Access - 2348 Glencoe St, Burlington. Carpool if possible. Park in the gravel lot and meet at the gazebo. Hike 2-miles on natural surface trails (roots, rocks, etc.) over rolling terrain with a few places with uneven steps. Expect some mud if it has rained recently. Free

Hike: HRT - Longmeadow
Wednesday, July 28 at 9:00 am

Meet at Longmeadow Trailhead - 1120 Valley Drive, Graham. Hike 2.5 miles over natural surface trail. Expect some rolling hills. Restrooms not available at trailhead – plan accordingly. Free

Hike: Guilford Mackintosh Trail
Tuesday, August 10 at 9:00 am

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. Free.

Hike: HRT in SAX
Thursday, August 19 at 9:00 am

Meet outside the Saxapahaw General Store - 1735 Saxapahaw-Bethlehem Church Rd, Saxapahaw. Carpool if possible. Hike about 2.5 miles the Haw River Trail on this out and back section behind the refurbished mill. (This is not the trail at the SAX Island Park!). Free

Hike: Cedarock Park
Wednesday, August 25 at 9:00 am

Meet at Cedarock Park - 4242 R. Dean Coleman Rd, Burlington. Park and meet at the first parking lot on the left, across from the historic farm. Hike the 2 mile Spoons Branch Trail. Expect natural surface trail (roots, rocks, etc.) over rolling terrain with a few steep hills. 

Morning Meet-Up Paddles
Tuesdays, July 20, August 17 & 31 from 8:00 - 10:00 am

At Guilford Mackintosh Park & Marina. Don’t paddle alone! Join a guided group tour. Bring your own kayak ($5) or rent one of ours ($15). A kayak instructor will  help folks in/out of boats, provide basic instruction as needed and guide the group on the lake. Online registration/payment only! Register here

COVID Safety Modifications for SOAR 

  • Pre-registration is required
  • If you are sick, stay home.
  • If not vaccinated, social distancing or masks recommended. 
  • All participants need an up-to-date medical clearance form, waiver and release form on file.
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Registration required for all programs. Call the Kernodle Senior Center to register: (336) 222-5135