Outdoor Programs for Seniors

alt=""Senior Outdoor Adventure Recreation (SOAR) engages adults 55+ in outdoor activities to promote the health benefits of being active in nature. Burlington Recreation and Parks provide experienced guides and a diverse program offering.

All participants must have the following required forms on file prior to participation:

To register for an event, call the Kernodle Senior Center at (336) 222-5135. For specific questions about the hikes or required forms, contact Melissa Hoose, Outdoor Program Coordinator, at (336) 484-1394 or send an email. Space is limited on all hikes and pre-registration is required. 

For more outdoor programs available to the general public, visit www.BurlingtonNC.gov/Outdoors.

Upcoming Events

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

Winter Walkers: Kernodle Senior Center
Most Thursdays from 10:30-11:30 am (Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27, Feb. 10, 17, 24) 

Meet at the Kernodle Senior Center- 1535 S. Mebane St. Burlington NC 27215. Winter Walkers meet to walk for 45-60 minutes around City Park at a moderate pace. The walks take place on paved surfaces and are weather permitting. Register by the Wednesday prior to each walk.
Hike: City Park 
Tuesday, December 21 at 2:00 pm 

Meet at the Kernodle Senior Center – 1535 S. Mebane St, Burlington. Meet outside in front of the building. Walk 2 miles along paved paths in and around City Park.  
Hike: Haw River Trail 
Tuesday, January 4 at 2:00 pm 

Meet at the Haw River Trail - Longmeadow Trail Head - 1120 Valley Dr. Graham. Park and meet in the gravel lot. Hike about 2.5 miles on natural surface trail over rolling terrain. Expect some mud if it has rained recently. There are no restrooms on-site, plan accordingly. 


Hike: Cates Farm Park 
January 11 at 2:00 pm 
Cates Farm Park - 1169 N 1st St, Mebane. Hike 2 miles of trails at the newest park in Mebane! Trails loop through a meadow and into the woods. No restrooms at the trailhead. Plan accordingly. 

Hike: Arboretum at Willowbrook Park 
January 18 at 2:00 pm 
Arboretum Parking Lot - 315 W. Willowbrook Dr. Burlington. Walk 1.5 miles total on this out and back paved trail through the park. 

Hike: Hillsborough River Walk
January 25 at 2:00 pm
Gold Park - 415 Dimmocks Mill Rd, Hillsborough, 27278. Meet near the restroom facility (on left side of parking lot after entering). Walk 3 miles on the paved River Walk. The path follows the Eno River through the center of Hillsborough and towards the Occoneechee Speedway. No transportation provided. **Prerequisite: Completed 3 hikes with the group since October 2021. 

Hike: SAX Island Park 
February 8 at 2:00 pm 
Saxapahaw Island Park - 5550 Church Rd, Graham, NC 27253. Park and meet in the gravel lot. Hike the 1.5-mile loop once with an option to hike the loop a second time. The trail is mostly flat and sandy. 

Hike: Springwood Park
February 15 at 2:00 pm
Springwood Park - 1450 Springwood Church Rd, Burlington. Park and meet in the back of the park near the playground at the soccer fields (go all the way to the back of the park). Walk 2 miles (with optional 3rd mile) on the paved trail around Springwood Park. 

Hike: Shallow Ford Natural Area 
February 22 at 2:00 pm 
Shallow Ford Natural Area - 1955 Gerringer Mill Rd. Burlington. Hike 2 miles over rolling terrain and natural surface trail through this 190-acre nature area along the Haw River. 

Hike: Guilford Courthouse National Military Park
March 1 at 1:00 pm 
Battlefield Visitor Center - 2332 New Garden Rd, Greensboro, NC 27410. Spend a few minutes in the visitor's center museum before walking the paved 2.5 mile “Tour Road” that passes battlefield monuments and interpretive exhibit panels. If you love history, arrive early to spend even more time exploring the museum. No transportation provided. **Prerequisite: Completed 3 hikes with the group since November 2021.

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. 

Interested in additional hiking and outdoor adventures, visit www.BurlingtonNC.gov/Outdoors for more information and to register.

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