If you’re up for a twist on the traditional family vacation and looking for an opportunity to explore Maryland’s great outdoors, the Maryland State Park Service has an adventure waiting for you.
The Maryland State Park Service has created Park Quest, a fun adventure that encourages families to unplug from technology and experience the beautiful and cultural resources our public land has to offer. Park Quest gives families the opportunity to get up close and personal with Maryland’s state parks by engaging in outdoor activities throughout the summer.
How to Participate in Park Quest
To participate, a family consisting of at least one adult and one child 16 years old or younger should register online and pay a $10 registration fee per team. Don’t wait—registration is limited to only 1,000 teams and sells out every summer.
Let the Quest Begin
After you’ve registered, your family can start its quest beginning in May (check the Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ website for the exact date). At your first stop, teams will be presented a Park Quest Passport which will provide access to materials needed to complete each Quest.
There are a total of 24 possible Quests to complete, with diverse challenges including hikes, scavenger hunts, canoeing, and geocaching. Once a Quest has been completed, participants should have their Park Quest Passport endorsed by a Maryland State Park Service staff member.
There are 24 Maryland State Parks that participate in Park Quest:
- Assateague State Park
- Big Run State Park
- Calvert Cliffs State Park
- Cunningham Falls State Park
- Deep Creek Lake State Park
- Elk Neck State Park
- Fair Hill NRMA
- Fort Frederick State Park
- Greenwell State Park
- Herrington Manor State Park
- History Quest
- Janes Island State Park
- New Germany State Park
- North Point State Park
- Patapsco Valley State Park Avalon Area
- Patapsco Valley State Park McKeldin Area
- Pocomoke River State Park
- Rocky Gap State Park
- Sandy Point State Park
- Seneca Creek State Park
- South Mountain State Park
- Susquehanna State Park (quest not available on June 21st)
- Tuckahoe State Park
- Western Maryland Rail Trail
Families successfully completing at least 12 Quests are invited to attend the Park Quest Rendezvous where they will compete to receive prizes, including kayaks, camping gear, vacation packages and bicycles.