Park Quest At Maryland’s State Parks

By Jessica Bieber

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Janes Island is an ideal spot for watersports like kayaking.
Kayaking at Janes Island
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Tuckahoe State Park has a 60-acre lake and creek for paddling and 15 miles of multi-use trails.
Canoeing at Tuckahoe State Park
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Kayaking near Janes Island
Kayaking near Janes Island
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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 18 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.

Participating Locations

Each park name links to a detailed description of the Park Quest at that site.

Quest Completion

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.

 

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