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      River Walks    Fall Foliage Kayak Tours   No-Frills 5k   Trail Work Day   Hikes with Hounds
    Join us for a guided outdoor trip, class or program.  Whatever you choose, get out and enjoy it!
Check out the calendar of events. For active Senior Adult outdoor recreation, check out these events.
Do you have a group that would like a private adventure or custom outdoor program? We can help - contact us

River Walks

Get to know the Haw River Hiking Trail! Section hike short segments of the 7.5 miles of completed trail through Burlington. These guided hikes are linear, out-and-back style trips. Expect natural surface trail and a moderate pace. Dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes and bring a water bottle. Hiking sticks optional. Dogs and kids (9+) welcome - 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
Free, but registration required.

Bonus -  Hike all 5 sections and be entered in a contest to win a Haw River Trail t-shirt! Hike at least 3 and get a Haw River Trail sticker!

Sunday, October 30 from 1:30 - 3:00 pm
Great Bend Park to Indian Valley Paddle Access
350 Greenwood Dr. Burlington, NC 27217
2.4 miles. Restroom available at trail head.
Register now.

Sunday, November 13 from 1:30 - 3:00 pm
Great Bend Park to Glencoe Paddle Access
     - includes Island Trail.
350 Greenwood Dr. Burlington, NC 27217
2.5 miles. Restrooms available at trail head.
Register now.

Saturday, December 3 from 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Glencoe Paddle Access to Carolina Mill
2348 Glencoe St. Burlington, NC 27217
2 miles. Restroom available at trail head.
Register now.

Saturday, December 17 from 10:30 - 12:00 pm
Stoney Creek Marina to Carolina Mill
1798 Faulkner Dr. Burlington, NC 27217
2 miles. Restrooms available at trail head.
Register soon.

Sunday, January 8 from 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Deep Creek Market to Boyd's Creek
810 Deep Creek Church Rd. Burlington, NC 27217
4 miles.
Register soon.
Hikes with Hounds
Second Fridays 
Times & Location vary
Free, but registration and completion of volunteer training required.

Burlington Recreation & Parks and Burlington Animal Services team up for the Hikes with Hounds. Volunteers take a shelter dog for a hike along one of Burlington’s beautiful trails! This volunteer opportunity will offer an enrichment activity for some of Burlington's adoptable dogs to get away for a couple of hours to enjoy nature, socializing and exercise. For more information or to register, please call (336) 229-3150.

Volunteers must meet the following criteria:
• Must be 18 years of age or older 
• Must be able to hike up to 4 miles at a moderate pace or on an uneven terrain 
• Must attend volunteer orientation training before becoming a trail dog walker 
• Must complete and submit a registration form, waiver and provide a copy of ID prior to participation

Haw River Trail Work Days

Second Saturdays
9 am to 3 pm
Haw River Trail/Mountains to Sea Trail
Free, but registration required. Email Greg Yahn, the work day coordinator, to register and for compete details.

Do you love having trails in your community? Pitch in as we partner with the Friends of the Mountains to Sea Trail to help build and maintain sections of the trail in Alamance County. Breakfast provided. Bring: water, work gloves, long pants, work shoes, snack and/or lunch.

Fall Foliage Kayak Tour

(with coffee & donuts!)
Saturday, October 29 at 7:45 am OR 10:15 am
Guilford Mackintosh Lake 
1345 NC 61 Whitsett, NC 27377 
There is nothing more beautiful than paddling a quiet Lake Mackintosh surrounded by hardwoods when the leaves are all aflame. Come experience the changing season by kayak! Be sure to bring binoculars and a camera. Fee includes coffee, donuts, guide, boat rental, paddle, PFD.
Fee: $20/person or $8 if you provide your own boat.
Registration required.10

Sunrise Tour: 7:45 - 9:45 am
Donuts & coffee will be served post paddle.
Register for solo kayak rental or personal boat.

Mid-Morning Tour: 10:15 am - 12:15 pm 
Donuts & coffee will be served prior to paddle.
Register for solo kayak rental or personal boat.

No-Frills 5K

no-frills \ˈnō ˈfrǐlz\ adj. 1. providing only the essentials

The No-Frills 5K is a series of trail runs (or hikes, walks or whatever speed you'd like) on the trails at Guilford Mackintosh Park.  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. If you want a t-shirt – wear one! If you want snacks – bring some! If you want an award – make your own! Each race will have a theme and the best dressed racer will win a prize pack! 

Fee: $5/person age 16 and up; $2/person age 6-15 (must be accompanied by an participating adult)

Location: Guilford Mackintosh Park & Marina
1345 NC 61, Whitsett, NC 27377

Dates, Time & Theme: 
November 5 at 8:30am – Mustache Dache
December 10 at 10am – Holiday Hustle
January 7 at 10am – Superhero Scramble
February 4 at 10am – Pirate Promenade
March 4 at 9am – Shamrock Shuffle
Click on the theme to register.
Payment will be collected at check-in on race day.

Trail Work Day at Town & Country Park

Saturday, November 5 from 12:00 - 3:00 pm
Town & Country Nature Park
2999 Regent Park Ln. Burlington, NC 27217

Come help spruce up the trails at Town & Country Nature Park - a little treasure tucked away along the banks for the Haw River in Burlington. We will be removing debris from the trail, raking leaves, cutting back branches, and picking up trash.

Wear sturdy, closed toed shoes and dress in layers for the weather. Bring a water bottle, snack and a pair of work gloves if you have them. Tools will be provided, but If you have a favorite tool (rake, lopper, pruning shears) bring them along. Youth under 18, must be accompanied by an adult.
Sign-up so we know to expect you and incase we need to reach you in the event of weather cancellation.

For more information on any of these programs, email or call the Outdoor Program Coordinator at (336) 222-5135.