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 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.


Hike: HRT @ Longmeadow
Thursday, April 15 at 10:00 am 
Hike 2.5 miles over natural surface trail. Expect some rolling hills. Restrooms not available at trailhead – plan accordingly. Register by 2/21.  

Hike: Willowbrook Arboretum 
Thursday, April 22 at 1:30 pm 

Special guest Jason Barnhill, Horticultural Specialist, will walk us around the Arboretum and talk plants, as well as, the progress on the park. Register by 4/20.  

Hike: Lake Michael 
Thursday, April 29 at 10:00 am 

Hike 2.5 miles along the shore of the lake. Register by 4/27. 

Hike: Guilford Mackintosh Park & Marina
Friday, May 7 at 10:00 am 

Hike is 3 miles on natural surface, rolling terrain with a few steep hills. Register by 5/5.  

Hike: Shallow Ford Natural Area
Thursday, May 13 at 10:00 am 

Hike 3 miles over rolling terrain and natural surface trail through this 190 acre nature area along the Haw River. Register by 5/11.   
Hike: Great Bend Park
Thursday, May 20  at 10:00 am 

From Great Bend Park, hike 2 miles on the Haw River Trail, the Island Trail and the Highlands Trail. Expect natural surface trail (roots, rocks, etc.) over rolling terrain with a few steep hills. Register by 5/18. 

Hike: Cedarock Park
Thursday, May 27 at 10:00 am  

Hike the 2 mile Spoons Branch Trail. Expect natural surface trail (roots, rocks, etc.) over rolling terrain with a few steep hills. Register by 5/25.  


COVID Safety Protocols and Modifications for SOAR 

  • Pre-registration is required and space is limited! Walk-up registration at the hikes are not allowed. If you are unregistered or there was no space left, do not just show up at the hike anyway and “walk behind the group.” 
  • Masks will be required at all times, except while actively hiking - at which time masks are optional.  
  • A minimum of 6 feet of space between each hiker will be required (unless from same household).  
  • Hikers should wash or sanitize hands before and after hike.  
  • Hikers with underlying medical conditions that put them at high-risk for COVID, are highly discouraged from participation. 
  • 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