Outdoor Programs

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Join us for a guided outdoor trip, class or program.  Whatever you choose, get out and enjoy it! Check out the calendar of events

Do you have a group that would like a private adventure or custom outdoor program? We can help - contact us!

GET HIKING! SERIES


Get hiking on local hikes around Burlington, Alamance County and beyond! Expect 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, extra layers and trekking poles (optional). Hikes generally last between 1.5-2 hours. All ages welcome, but minors must be accompanied by an adult. Well mannered dogs also welcome. Free, but registration required!

Mountains to Sea Trail (MST) Birthday Hike
Saturday, September 7 at 9:00 am

Glencoe Paddle Access - 2348 Glencoe St. Burlington
Celebrate the MST's 42nd birthday by hiking a 2.5-3 mile section of the MST right here in Burlington. Hike from the Glencoe Paddle Access, around the tiny Glencoe Mill Village, along the river and back again. 
Register - FULL

Tuesday, September 17 at 5:30 pm
Haw River Trail @ Stoney Creek Marina - 1785 Faulkner Dr. Burlington | 2.5 miles
Register

Wednesday, October 2 at 5:30 pm
Cedarock Park - 4242 R. Dean Coleman Rd. Burlington | 2 miles
Registration opening soon.

Wednesday, October 16 at 5:30 pm
Haw River Trail @ Great Bend Park - 350 Greenwood Dr. Burlington | 1.5 miles
Registration opening soon.

NO-FRILLS TRAIL 5K SERIES


\'no 'frilz\ adj. 1. providing only the essentials; not fancy
- November 9 (Where's Waldo)
- December 14 (Meowy Christmas)
- January 11 (80's Throwback)
- February 8 (S'more Running - will include 10k option and s'mores after the race)
- March 14 (Shamrock Shuffle)
Race at 10:00 am (Registration opens at 9:30 am)
Guilford Mackintosh Park & Marina - 1345 NC HWY 61, Whitsett
$5/person age 16 and up; $2/person age 5-15 (must be accompanied on the trail by an participating adult). Fees collected on race day at registration.

The No-Frills Trail 5K is a series of trail runs (or hikes, walks or whatever speed you'd like). We just want people to get out, move and have a good time! Since this is not a fancy 5k, we’ll only be providing a well-marked 5K course and a clock so you can see your time as you finish. The course is  mostly technical single-track trail - expect lots of roots, rocks and rolling hills. To make it a little more fun, each race will have a theme and you are encouraged to dress accordingly! 

Visit the Facebook Event for each race by clicking on the dates above. Be sure to click going if you plan to attend and share it with your friends!


Remember this this is no frills, so...
If you want a t-shirt – wear one!
If you need snacks – bring some!
If you want an award – too bad!


NO-FRILLS TRAIL 5K SERIES


\'no 'frilz\ adj. 1. providing only the essentials; not fancy
Saturdays: January 12, February 9, and March 9.
Registration opens at 10:00 am. Race at 10:30 am 
Guilford Mackintosh Park and Marina | 1345 NC HWY 61, Whitsett
Fee: $5/person age 16 and up; $2/person age 5-15 (must be accompanied by an participating adult). Fees collected on race day at registration.

The No-Frills Trail 5K is a series of trail runs (or hikes, walks or whatever speed you'd like). We just want people to get out, move and have a good time! Since this is not a fancy 5k, we’ll only be providing a well-marked 5K course and a clock so you can see your time as you finish. To make it a little more fun, each race will have a theme and you are encouraged to dress accordingly! 

Let us know you are coming by choosing "going" on the Facebook event page:
January 12 - Harry Potter
February 9 - 80's Throwback
March 9 - Pirates

So...
If you want a t-shirt – wear one!
If you need snacks – bring some!
If you want an award – too bad!

Mindfulness in the Outdoors


A Mindful Walk in the Woods
Date: Sunday, September 29 from 8:30-10:30 am
Location: Guilford Mackintosh Park & Marina - 1345 NC HWY 61, Whitsett, NC 27377
Free, but registration required. Register
Ages: 15 and up

Take a mindful walk in the woods! A guide will lead the group on a walking meditation through beautiful trails. The walk will be about 2 miles over rolling, natural surface terrain. Come open you heart, mind and ears to connect with nature as you learn to become present in each moment. 

Wear comfortable, closed-toed walking shoes and bring an easy to carry mat or towel (we will be sitting on the ground at points during the meditation walk). Don't forget a bottle of water and insect repellent! Due to the meditative nature of this hike, only children 15 and older may participate. Space is limited.

A Mindful Paddle on the Lake
Date: Sunday, October 20 from 9:30-11:30 am
Location: Guilford Mackintosh Park & Marina -1345 NC 61, Whitsett, NC 27377
Fee: $15/person; $5/person with personal boat. Registration Required. Registration coming soon.
Ages: 15 and up. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.

Paddle Lake Mackintosh where the journey is more important than the destination! A guide will lead the group on a paddling mediation, taking in the beauty of the lake with all the senses. Come and connect with the natural world as you learn to become more present in each moment. Fee includes guide, kayak rental, paddle, PFD. If providing a personal boat a PFD is still required while on the water. Space is limited.

NATURE PLAY


Nature Play programs are geared to get families outdoors in nature, learning, playing and having fun! Some of them include more education and some are purely fun! All ages are welcome, but minors must be accompanied by a participating adult. These programs are free or low cost, but space is limited for all programs and registration is required!

Fort Building


Saturday, September 14 from 1:00-2:00 pm
Guilford Mackintosh Park & Marina - 1345 NC HWY 61, Whitsett, NC 27377
Free, but registration required. Register now.

Family Nature Hike


Sunday, September 29 from 1:00-2:30 pm
Guilford Mackintosh Park & Marina - 1345 NC HWY 61, Whitsett, NC 27377

Free, but registration required. Register now.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON ANY OF THESE PROGRAMS, EMAIL OR CALL THE OUTDOOR PROGRAM COORDINATOR AT (336) 222-5135.

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