Outdoor Programs

What's Happening Now:
As North Carolina moves to reopen, the City of Burlington has reviewed and approved for some outdoor programs to begin again. If you are interested in participating in any of these activities, please familiarize yourself with the new safety protocols that are in place to safe guard the health of participants and staff against COVID-19.  For complete details on the City's response and current park and facility openings/closures, click here.

Stewardship Tips - Respecting Our Parks & Trails!
Wether you are participating in a program or going out on your own, please be good steward of our parks and trails! Follow these tips when you venture out!
  • Trash your trash, don't leave it behind.
  • Leave what you find, take only pictures.
  • Respect wildlife.The park or trail is their home and you are only visiting.
  • Be kind to other visitors and users. 
  • Keep your pet on a leash.


Get hiking on local trails around Burlington and Alamance County! Join a small group, guided hike and come ready for 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, insect repellent, hand sanitizer and trekking poles (optional). Hikes generally last between 1.5-2 hours. All ages welcome, but minors must be accompanied by an adult. Please leave your four-legged friends at home at this time. Free, but pre-registration required! Space is limited. Register now.

Upcoming Hikes:
  • Tuesday, October 20 at 5:15 pm
    Guilford County Farm (Kiosk #2) - Amich Rd. Elon | 2 miles | Register
  • **Fall Foliage Hike** Saturday, October 31 at 12:30 pm
    Guilford Mackintosh Park & Marina - 1345 NC HWY 61, Whitsett | 3 miles | FULL - email us to go on the waitlist!
  • Monday, November 2 at 3:00 pm
    Haw River Trail - Glencoe Paddle Access - 2348 Glencoe St. Burlington | 2 miles | Register
  • Tuesday, November 10 at 3:00 pm
    Springwood Park - 1450 Springwood Church Rd. Burlington | 2-3 miles | Register
  • Saturday, November 14 at 1:30 pm
    Cedarock Park - 4242 R. Dean Coleman Rd. Burlington | 3 miles | Register
  • Tuesday, November 17 at 3:00 pm
    Shallow Ford Natural Area - 1955 Gerringer Mill Rd. Burlington | 2-2.5 miles | Register
  • Tuesday, November 24 at 3:00 pm
    City Park - 1400 Overbrook Rd. Burlington | 2 miles | Register 
Health and Safety Protocols for Group Hikes:
  • Pre-registration required. No walk-ups allowed.
  • Do NOT attend if you are sick or have been around someone who is.
  • It is highly encouraged that high-risk persons NOT attend. According to the CDC, high-risk includes people 65+ and/or have serious underlying medical conditions (immunocompromised, chronic lung disease, moderate-to-severe asthma, serious heart conditions, severe obesity, diabetes, chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis or liver disease). 
  • Group size is limited in accordance with mass gathering limits/executive orders. 
  • Participants and staff are required to wear masks during check-in and as the group gathers before the hike. Once hiking and social distanced on the trail, masks will not be required.
  • During the hike, participants and staff will keep social distance unless they are from the same household.
  • Participants and staff are encouraged to wash or sanitize hands before and after hiking (please be prepared with your own hand sanitizer).

Outdoor Special Events

Fitness Classes on the Lawn

This series of socially distanced fall fitness classes are just what we need to keep our mental and physical health in check. Burlington Recreation & Parks is partnering with Downtown Yoga & Barre to host FREE yoga & fitness classes in October on the Historic Depot lawn. The classes will take place on the lawn behind the Historic Depot (200 S. Main St. Burlington). Pre-registration is required for each class, no walk-ups will be allowed. Spaces are limited. Questions, email us!

  • Tuesday, October 6 from 5:15 - 6:00 pm
    All Levels Yoga
  • Saturday, October 17 from 9:15 - 10:00 am
  • Tuesday, October 20 from 5:15 - 6:00 pm
    All Levels Yoga | Register
  • Saturday, October 31 from 9:15 - 10:00 am
    FrEaKy FlOw Yoga (Halloween pose inspired yoga) | Register


STEWARDship Tips

While you are hiking remember to be good steward of our parks and trails! Here are some tips to use while you are using parks and trails.
  • Trash your trash, don't leave it behind.
  • Leave what you find, take only pictures.
  • Respect wildlife.The park or trail is their home and you are only visiting.
  • Be kind to other visitors and users. 
  • Keep your pet on a leash.
Of all the paths you take, make sure a few of them are dirt.