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 provides 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.

If you don't see the most up-to-date info on events below, be sure to check out the bi-monthly newsletter located at www.BurlingtonNC.gov/Seniors.

Upcoming Events



For all hikes sturdy, closed-toed walking shoes and water are required. Trekking poles are highly recommended. Other recommended items include insect repellent, hat, sun protection, and small backpack to easily carry belonging.

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

Hike: Town & Country Park
August 21 from 9-11 am

Free
Meet at Town & Country – 2999 Regent Park Ln. Burlington. Parking is on-street. Hike 2.5 miles through this hilly natural area tucked away along the Haw River here in Burlington. There are no restrooms on site, so plan accordingly. Register by 8/19.

Day Trip: Eno River State Park
August 28 from 8:00 am - 3:30 pm

Fee: $10
Meet at Kernodle Senior Center - 1535 S. Mebane St. Burlington.  Transportation provided.  Hike 3 miles on the Pea Creek and Dunnagan Trail. Then head to Few’s Ford for a picnic lunch. After lunch enjoy some R&R next to the river.  Bring a sack lunch, camp chair, towel and water shoes or sandals with a heel strap for wading in the river (no bare feet please!) Bring a few extra dollars for a stop at Whit’s Frozen Custard on the way home. Register and pay by 8/21. Space is limited. Participants must have completed at least 3 hikes since May 1 to be eligible for this trip.

Paddle: Lake Mackintosh
9/5 from 8:30-10:30 am

Fee: $15/w rental; $3/BYO-Kayak
Meet at MACKINTOSH MARINA – 2704 Huffman Mill Rd. Burlington. Come meet other paddlers and enjoy some time on the water. Bring your own kayak or rent one of ours. A certified kayak instructor will guide the group on the lake and help folks in/out of boats as needed. Register by and pay by 9/3. Space limited.

Hike: Homestead Trail
9/12 from 9-11 am

Free
Meet at Shallow Ford Natural Area - 1955 Gerringer Mill Rd. Burlington. Hike 3 miles over rolling terrain and natural surface trail through this 190 acre nature area along the Haw River. Register by 9/3.

Hike: Haw River Trail
9/17 from 9-10:30 am

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 of 2 miles. The trail has rolling with some steps and lots of roots/rocks. Register by 9/13. 

Paddle: Lake Mackintosh 
9/27 from 8:30-10:30 am

Fee: $15/w rental; $3/BYO-Kayak
Meet at GUILFORD MACKINTOSH PARK & MARINA – 1345 NC HWY 61, Whitsett. Come meet other paddlers and enjoy some time on the water. Bring your own kayak or rent one of ours. A certified kayak instructor will guide the group on the lake and help folks in/out of boats as needed. Register by and pay by 9/24. Space limited.

Hike: County Farm Loop
10/1 from 9:00-11:30 am

Free
Meet at the Guilford County Farm – 7315 Howerton Rd, Elon. Plan to hike 4 miles through fields, forest and along a creek. Expect natural surface trail with some steeper terrain. Participants must have completed at least 3 hikes with the group since August 1 to be eligible for this hike. Register by 9/27.  

Day Trip: Watershed Trails
10/8 from 8:30 am – 2:30 pm

Fee: $5
Meet at the Kernodle Senior Center – 1535 S. Mebane St. Burlington. Transportation will be provided. Hike 3 miles on natural surface trails with some steep hills on trails around Lake Brandt. Pack a lunch. Participants must have completed at least 3 hike since August 1 to be eligible for this hike. Register and pay by 10/4. Space limited.

Hike: Guilford Mackintosh Loop
10/15 from 9-11 am

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. Register by 10/11.

Hike: Haw River Trail
10/22 from 10 am – 12 pm

Free
Meet at Great Bend Park – 350 Greenwood Dr. Burlington. Hike about 2.5 miles along the Haw River on rolling, natural surface trail. Nice hike for beginner or new hikers. Register by 6/10.

Day Trip: Lake Norman State Park
10/29 from 8 am – 5 pm

Fee: $20
Meet at the Kernodle Senior Center – 1535 S. Mebane St. Burlington. Transportation will be provided. Take a 3-mile ranger-led hike on the shores of Lake Norman. Bring money for lunch at a local restaurant before the return trip back to Burlington. Participants must have completed at least 3 hikes since August 1 to be eligible for this trip. Register and pay by 10/22. Space limited.

Interested in Sunset Paddles, Intro to Kayaking or Meet-Up Paddles. Visit www.BurlingtonNC.gov/Kayaking for information and to register.



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Registration required for all programs. Call the Kernodle Senior Center to register: (336) 222-5135