Outdoor Programs


Hikes    Creek Week Activities    Geocaching    Archery   Kayaking - coming in May!

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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Alamance Creek Week

Creek Week is all about bringing residents together to better understand and appreciate their local watersheds! All events will help you learn more about our watershed and how our decisions and actions impact our local waters. Check out the Alamance Creek Week website for more information and more activities! For most events, all ages are welcome - but children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. 


Saturday, March 17 at 1:30-5:30 pm

Free family fishing sponsored by NC Wildlife Commission. BYO pole or borrow one. Bait provided.
Guilford Mackintosh Park & Marina | 1345 NC 61, Whitsett 
Get more info here.


Tuesday, March 20 at 5:30-7:00 pm

Free guided, 2-mile hike on the Haw River Trail. 
Glencoe Paddle Access | 2348 Glencoe St. Burlington
Register (Registration required)

Creek EXPLORATION & Hike! 

Saturday, March 24 at 2:30-4:00 pm
Free, family-friendly hike with special guest Eric O'Neill a reptile & amphibian biologist. Hike 0.75 mile Basin Creek Trail and spend some time learning about and looking for frogs and salamanders in the creek. Wear comfortable walking or waterproof shoes/boots. 
Shallow Ford Natural Area | 1955 Gerringer Mill Rd. Burlington
Register (Registration required)


Participants will be taken through a lesson promoting safety and archery basics. Program features an introduction to archery, safety on the range, using a string bow, and 11 steps of archery success through the NASP curriculum. 

Archery programs are FREE, but pre-registration is required! Space is limited; all participants must complete a registration form with liability waiver the day of the program. Archery equipment will be provided.  For more information, please call (336) 229-3150. 

Basic Archery for Youth - Compound Bow

Lake Mackintosh at the Clubhouse 
2704 Huffman Mill Road, Burlington

Classes for ages 9-12:
  • Tuesday, April 3 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm | Register
  • Wednesday, April 4 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm | Register
    (Choose only one date please.)
Class for ages 13-16:
  • Wednesday, April 4 from 1:30 - 4:30 pm | Register

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, but space is limited for all programs and registration is required!


Saturday, March 24th from 10:00-11:00 am | Register
Splash Park Parking Lot - 1402 Overbrook Rd. Burlington
Wanna play outside? Wanna build a fort? Bring your creativity and build a fort out of bamboo, sheets and rope. This simple and fun activity will get you and your family active outside having fun!  


Saturday, April 10th from 2:30-4:00 pm | Register
Guilford Mackintosh Park and Marina - 1345 NC HWY 61, Whitsett
Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. After an introduction to geocaching and the GPS device, we'll head out and geocache around the Park. Plan on walking 2+ miles. Families and individuals welcome, but recommended for ages 8+. GPS units provided.

Get Hiking!

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, bug spray & sunscreen. 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!

Saturday, April 14 at 10:00 am
Guilford Mackintosh Park and Marina - 1345 NC HWY 61, Whitsett | 3-mile on Loop Trail
Registration coming soon.

Thursday, April 26 at 5:45 pm
Cedarock Park - 4242 R. Dean Coleman Rd. Burlington | 2.5-miles on Rock Creek Loop
Registration coming soon.

Tuesday, May 8 at 6:00 pm
Great Bend Park - 350 Greenwood Dr. Burlington | 2-miles on Highland Trail & Island Trail
Registration coming soon.

Thursday, May 24 at 6:00 pm
Shallow Ford Natural Area - 1955 Gerringer Mill Rd. Burlington | 3-miles on Homestead Trail 
Registration coming soon.

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