Outdoor Programs

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Join us for a guided outdoor trip, class or program.  Whatever you choose, get out and enjoy it! Check out the calendar of events

Do you have a group that would like a private adventure or custom outdoor program? We can help - contact us!

A Mindful Walk in the Woods

Sunday, May 19 at 9:30 am
Cedarock Park
4242 R. Dean Coleman Rd.  Burlington, NC 27215
Free, but registration required. Register now.
Ages: 15 and up

Take a mindful walk in the woods! A guide will lead the group on a walking meditation through the trails at Cedarock. The walk will be 2-3 miles over rolling, natural surface terrain and pass by waterfalls, creeks and rock outcroppings. Come open you heart, mind and ears to connect with nature as you learn to become present in each moment. 

Wear comfortable, closed-toed walking shoes and bring an easy to carry mat or towel (we will be sitting on the ground at points during the meditation walk). Don't forget a bottle of water and insect repellent! Trekking poles recommended. Due to the meditative nature of this hike, only children 15 and older may participate. Space is limited.


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, extra layers and trekking poles (optional). 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!

Tuesday, May 21 at 6:00 pm
Cedarock Park - 4242 R Dean Coleman Rd. Burlington | 2.5 miles

Tuesday, June 4 at 6:00 pm
HRT/Longmeadow Trail Head - 1120 Valley Dr. Graham | 3.5 miles

Tuesday, July 9 at 6:00 pm
Glencoe Paddle Access - 2348 Glencoe St. Burlington | 2 miles

Tuesday, July 23 at 6:00 pm
Shallow Ford Natural Area - 1955 Gerringer Mill Rd. Burlington | 3 miles

Trail Run Meet-Up

Have you always wanted to run trails, but don't want to go alone or not sure where to go? Come meet other trail runners and experience a variety of trails right here in Alamance County. These group runs are facilitated by staff from Alamance Parks along with Burlington Recreation & Parks. 

These are "no runner left-behind" runs, but we encourage all participants to have some previous running experience. Offered every Wednesday at 6 pm April - May at various location. Free!

Wednesday, May 22 at 6 pm
HRT/Sellers Falls | 4 miles
Register on the Facebook event.

Wednesday, May 29 at 6 pm
Cedarock Park | 3 miles
Register on the Facebook event.


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

  • Kids Bank Fishing in the Park

    Saturday, May 18 from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon
    Free, but pre-registration is required by 5/17/19. Call 336-449-2078 to register.
    Guilford Mackintosh Park & Marina - 1345 NC HWY 61, Whitsett
    Ages: 1-15 but all children must be accompanied by parent/guardian. 

    This is the 21st Annual Lori Brady Foster Memorial Kids Bank Fishing in the Park sponsored by Burlington Recreation & Parks. THIS IS NOT A TOURNAMENT, but a great way to spend a day fishing with the family. A parent/guardian must accompany their child. Only 1 rod per child is allowed and you must bring your own fishing rod. There will be grab bags, free pizza and drinks for all kids along with drawings for prizes and gift certificates. Please call Guildford Mackintosh Park & Marina with questions and to register: 336-449-2078. Space limited to first 100 participants to register.

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

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