Outdoor Programs


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     Star Party • Get HikingHikes with Hounds • Summer Camp Registration
      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!
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Statewide Star Party

Friday, April 21 from 7:30 - 9:30 pm
Cedarock Park
4242 R. Dean Coleman Rd. Burlington
UPDATE: The Star Party has been cancelled due to poor sky conditions forecasted for this evening. Please check back in the coming weeks as this event will be rescheduled. 

Join Burlington Recreation & Parks and Alamance Parks for an evening of stargazing and astronomy activities! During the remaining daylight, try some hands-on star-themed activities. After dark, enjoy a laser-guided constellation tour and take a look through telescopes to view stars up close. Check out the Facebook Event for up-to-date info.  
121016 River Walk GPA CM

Get Hiking!

Enjoy warmer weather and longer days on these local hikes around Burlington. 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 and bug spray. Suitable for ages 8+ (ages 8-16 must be accompanied by an adult). Dogs welcome! Free, but registration required!
Monday, April 24 from 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Guilford Mackintosh Park and Marina
1345 NC HWY 61, Whitsett
2.8 miles. Restrooms available at trailhead.
Register now.

Thursday, May 18 from 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Great Bend Park
350 Greenwood Dr. Burlington
2.5 miles. Restrooms available at trailhead.
Register now.

Monday, May 22 from 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Town & Country Park Natural Area
2999 Regent Park Lane, Burlington
2 miles. Restrooms NOT available at trailhead - plan accordingly.
Register now.

Thursday, June 8 from 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Shallow Ford Natural Area
1955 Gerringer Mill Rd., Burlington
3 miles. Restrooms available at trailhead.
Register now.

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.

Trail Work Day at Town & Country Park

Date: TBA
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.

Email us if you or a group is interested in volunteering for a work day!

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