Outdoor Programs for Seniors

Outdoor Programs for Seniors engages adults 55+ in outdoor activities to promote the health benefits of being active in nature.  Burlington Recreation and Parks has teamed up with Alamance County Recreation and Parks to provide experienced guides and a diverse program offering. All participants must have a medical clearance and liability waiver & release completed for the current year before participating. For more outdoor program available to the general public, visit Burlington Recreation and Parks Outdoor Programs.

Upcoming Events


 
To register for an event, call the Kernodle Senior Center at (336) 222-5135. 

Hike: Shallow Ford Natural Area
September 12 from 1 – 3 pm 
Free

Meet at Shallow Ford Natural Area - 1955 Gerringer Mill Rd. Burlington. Hike about 3 miles through this 190 acre natural area along the Haw River. Trekking poles recommend. Bring a water bottle. Register by 9/10.

Day Trip: Farm and Trail Tour
September 19 from 9 am – 4:30 pm
Fee: $30

Meet at Kernodle Senior Center - 1535 S. Mebane St. Burlington. Transportation provided. Enjoy a 1.5-2 hour tour of Elodie Farms – a working dairy goat farm. Tour includes a short history of the farm, a visit to the milking parlor and cheese room, feeding/petting the goats, and wrapping up with a cheese tasting. Cheese will also be available for purchase after the tour. Pack a lunch to picnic at the farm. After lunch visit Little River Regional Park to hike about 2 miles on natural surface trails over rolling terrain. Must have participated in at least 2 hikes since May to be eligible to participate. Register and pay by 9/4.

Hike: Guilford County Farm 
September 25 from 10 am – 12 noon 
Free

Meet at the Guilford County Farm – 7315 Howerton Rd, Elon. Hike 3-4 miles on various trails around the Farm with a local MST Trail Steward and Volunteer. Expect natural surface trail with some steeper terrain. Trekking poles recommended. Register by 9/21. Optional transportation from Senior Center for $2 – van leaves at 9:20.

Day Trip: Fish and Hike 
October 2 from 9 am – 3:30 pm
Fee: $7

Meet at Kernodle Senior Center - 1535 S. Mebane St. Burlington. Transportation provided. Spend the morning hiking about 3 miles on the Bald Eagle Trail in Greensboro. Bring a sack lunch to eat lakeside at Higgins Marina. After lunch spend some time fishing (catch & release) in the pond at Lake Higgins. Basic instructions, equipment and bait will be provided. Register and pay by 9/28.

Hike: Guilford Mackintosh Park & Marina
October 9 from 10 am – 12 noon
Free

Meet at Guilford Mackintosh Marina – 1345 NC HWY 61 Whitsett. Park at the end of the road in the circular parking area and meet at the trail head. Hike is 3 miles on natural surface, rolling terrain with a few steep hills. Trekking poles recommended. Bring a water bottle. Register by 10/5.

Day Trip: Zip Line Canopy Tour & Hike
October 17 from 9 am – 5:30 pm
Fee: $55 

Meet at Kernodle Senior Center - 1535 S. Mebane St. Burlington. Transportation provided. Fly through the tree tops at Carolina Ziplines on a 1.5-2 hour canopy tour. Bring a sack lunch for a picnic after the tour. Then travel to Pilot Mountain State Park for a 1-mile hike around Pilot Knob before heading back to Burlington. For more info and FAQs on Carolina Ziplines, visit: www.carolinaziplines.com. Must have completed at least 2 hikes since May to participate. Register and pay by 10/3.

Hike: Haw River Trail
October 23 from 3 - 5 pm 
Free

Meet at the Glencoe Paddle Access – 2348 Glencoe St. Burlington. Please car pool if possible - the parking lot is small. The hike is out and back on the Haw River Trail with a total distance around 2 miles. The trail has rolling terrain and natural surface trail. Trekking poles recommended. Bring a water bottle. Register by 10/19.

Hike: Eno River State Park
October 30 from 9 am - 4 pm 
Fee: $5

Meet at Kernodle Senior Center - 1535 S. Mebane St. Burlington. Transportation provided. Hike 3 miles with a State Park Ranger. Bring a picnic lunch. After lunch, explore more trails around the park. Trekking poles recommended. Bring a water bottle and snacks. Register and pay by 10/26.







Senior Trip Blowing Rock 10
Trail Work Day
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Registration required for all programs. Call the Kernodle Senior Center to register: (336) 222-5135