Rocky Gap State Park Quest - One Stream, Two Very Different Worlds

Introduction To Quest

RockyGap.Quest.jpgRocky Gap Run begins on the eastern slopes of Evitts Mountain in Pennsylvania. It meanders into Rocky Gap State Park, feeding 243-acre Lake Habeeb, created when the stream was dammed in 1970. Downstream of the lake, Rocky Gap Run takes on an entirely different personality. Here, the stream navigates the mile long Rocky Gap Gorge. It winds its way through a lush, temperate Hemlock and Rhododendron forest, carving away at the steep topography that comprises the base of Evitts Mountain and the Rocky Gap Wildlands.

Quest Information

Teams will hike in to the gorge on a challenging trail to retrieve the answer to a puzzle. However, the true bonus will be experiencing this beautiful environment. The quest is available June 1st to  December 1st from 8 a.m. until sunset. There are no park facilities near the Bonus Quest. Teams will have access to Park Quest worksheets and directions at the Touch of Nature Bulletin Board. A port–o-pot bathroom is available. The quest begins at the Touch of Nature parking lot. The physical address that can be used in a navigation device is: 16300 Lakeview Drive, NE, Flintstone MD 21530

The area is a challenging natural surface trail that traverses steep terrain over boulders. Teams should anticipate rugged conditions and possible exposure to heat, cold, thorny plants, stinging insects or venomous snakes, depending on the time of year. It is recommended to avoid this quest if there is snow present. There is poor cell phone reception in the gorge.

Park Information

Rocky Gap State Park is over 3,000 acres of land nestled between Martins Mountain and the impressive backdrop of Evitts Mountain. 243-acre Lake Habeeb provides a number of recreational opportunities before flowing into Rocky Gap Run and meandering through the mile long gorge full of lush Hemlocks and Rhododendrons. Visitors can enjoy camping, picnicking, boating, fishing, swimming in one of three swimming beaches, hiking or mountain biking on over ten miles of trail, or enjoying a variety of programming including Healthy Parks, Healthy People and those featuring animal ambassadors from the Scales & Tales program.

Rocky Gap State Park
12900 Lakeshore Drive
Flintstone, MD 21530
Office: 301-722-1480 (Mon-F, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Duty Ranger: 240-367-4407

Directions to Rocky Gap State Park

  • Rocky Gap State Park is located on Interstate 68 off Exit 50 - 5 miles east of Cumberland, Maryland. GPS 39°42'44.41"N 78°39'50.95"W
  • From points east of Allegany County/Cumberland, take Interstate 70 West to Interstate 68 West to Exit 50. Turn right at end of the ramp. Turn right again onto Pleasant Valley Road. 
  • From points west of Allegany County/Cumberland, take Interstate 68 East to Exit 50. Turn left at end of ramp. Cross over interstate and turn right onto Pleasant Valley Road. 
  • Make a reservation to stay at the park.