This “Best-of” Quest will include popular elements from the past 7 years and combine a variety of tasks and challenges for families. From hiking and canoeing to solving nature puzzles and completing fitness tasks, the theme will be a holistic look at Rocky Gap’s natural resources, cultural history and healthy recreational opportunities.
Introduction To Quest
Teams will start at the Camp Office on any day, between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. They will receive a packet of information, detailed instructions on how to complete the quest, and directions to the Campground Boat House to begin. Participants should expect to canoe and hike along an easy trail to accomplish specific activities. If any member of the team is not comfortable with canoes, staff can provide alternative directions by vehicle or trail to reach the secondary location. Teams should wear sturdy shoes and bring their own water, snacks and cameras. All other necessary items will be provided.
Rocky Gap is located in the Appalachian Mountains of Allegany County. Teams could be exposed to common summertime hazards including sun exposure and excessive heat. Please wear sunscreen, drink plenty of water, and wear appropriate clothing to minimize risk. Rocky Gap is also home to a variety of animal and plant life, including poison ivy, stinging insects, mosquitoes, ticks, venomous snakes and black bears. Please wear insect repellant, dispose of trash properly, and stay on designated trails to minimize contact with poison ivy and wildlife. Lake conditions may become hazardous during storms and high winds. Park staff will not provide canoes when conditions are, or have the potential to be unsafe. Please consult local weather forecasts for Flintstone, MD before planning your trip. Rocky Gap supports Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics to minimize risk and ensure responsible environmental stewardship.
A limited number of canoes will be reserved for Park Quest Teams. If all of these are in use upon a team’s arrival, availability will be on a first-come, first-served basis as canoes are returned. Teams may make a reservation at least 24 hours in advance to help staff plan accordingly for your visit. Call the Duty Ranger at 240-357-4404 to make arrangements.
Teams should expect large crowds and long wait times on weekends and holidays. Plan to complete your quest Monday through Friday to avoid peak visitation.
Rocky Gap State Park is located in Western Maryland’s Allegany County. The park encompasses over 3,000 acres of public land for visitors to enjoy. Rugged mountains surround the park, featuring Lake Habeeb, a 243-acre lake fed by Rocky Gap Run, which winds its way through an impressive mile-long gorge, displaying sheer cliffs, overlooks and a hemlock forest dense with Rhododendron and Mountain Laurel. Overlooking the lake is Evitt’s Mountain, named for one of the first European settlers in Allegany County. Rocky Gap boasts a variety of recreational opportunities, including over 10 miles of trails for hiking and mountain biking, a large campground, picnic areas, a Scales and Tales aviary, paddle sports, fishing and three swimming beaches.
Rocky Gap State Park17600 Campers Hill DriveFlintstone, MD 21530Office: 301-722-1480 (Mon-F, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.)Duty Ranger: 240-367-4407
Directions to Rocky Gap State Park
580 Taylor Ave, Annapolis MD 21401