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 River Walks   No-Frills 5k   Hikes with Hounds
    Join us for a guided outdoor trip, class or program.  Whatever you choose, get out and enjoy it!
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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) 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: 
February 4 at 10am – Pirate Promenade with Registration/Check-in from 9 - 9:45am
March 4 at 9am – Shamrock Shuffle with Registration/Check-in from 8 - 8:45am
Click on the theme to register. Payment will be collected at check-in on race day.

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.
Saturday, January 21 at 10:30 am
Stoney Creek Marina to Carolina Mill
1798 Faulkner Dr. Burlington, NC 27217
2 miles. Restroom available at trail head.

Saturday, February 4 from 2-4pm
Deep Creek Market to Boyd's Creek
810 Deep Creek Church Rd. Burlington, NC 27217
4 miles.
Register now.
Previous River Walks
October 30  |  2.4 miles
Great Bend Park to Indian Valley Paddle Access 
November 13 |  2.5 miles
Great Bend Park to Glencoe Paddle Access 

December 10  |  2 miles
Glencoe Paddle Access to Carolina Mill

Winter Walkabouts

Come for a journey through the woods to satisfy your need to get out and explore. Walkabout with us as we explore local hiking hot-spots. Expect natural surface trail and a moderate pace. Dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes and bring a water bottle. Hiking sticks recommended, but optional. Dogs and kids (9+) welcome - 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
Free, but registration required.
Registration opening soon.
Saturday, February 18 from 2:00 - 3:30 pm
Guilford Mackintosh Park and Marina
1345 NC 61, Whitsett 
2.8 miles. Restroom available at trail head.

Saturday, March 4 from 2:00 - 3:30 pm
Cedarock Park
4242 R Dean Coleman Rd. Burlington 
3 miles. Restrooms available at trail head.
Sunday, March 12 from 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Haw River State Park - Iron Ore Belt Access
6068 Church St. Greensboro
3.2 miles. Restrooms available at trail head.
Optional transportation provided from Burlington for $3/person.
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.