The 2019 Park Quest sends families through the Rocky Gap Wildlands, an expansive tract of protected land left undeveloped for the use of passive recreation such as hiking, hunting and wildlife viewing. This area is certainly “off the beaten path” and requires physical fitness and determination to take on the rugged landscape and long, steep hike. However, should families make it to the top, they will be rewarded with a huge sense of accomplishment coupled with spectacular views!
Park Quest begins at the Touch of Nature area of the park. There is a bulletin board in this parking lot where you will find additional Park Quest information, including a sign-in sheet, instructions and copies of the worksheet. The quest begins from here! Park Quest at Rocky Gap can be completed any day from May 1 through October 31. The Quest could take around 3 hours depending on your family’s fitness level and how much time you take enjoying the hike. We recommend starting at least 4 hours before sunset to allow plenty of time to complete the quest and not have to rush the experience.
A stamp for your passport will be located in a locked box near the Touch of Nature Bulletin Board. The combination can be found at the top of the mountain, per your worksheet. If at any time you need a ranger’s assistance, you can call the Duty Ranger cell phone from 8:00 a.m. until sunset, 240-357-4404. Please note:
there may not be cell phone reception while in the gorge, and it could take up
to an hour for emergency personnel to reach areas within the Wildlands.
To be the most successful and minimize risk while hiking in the Wildlands, we recommend you bring the following items with you:
Rocky Gap State Park encompasses over 3,000 acres nestled in the Pleasant Valley of impressive Evitts Mountain, creating a perfect Allegany County mountain playground. Central to the park is 243-acre Lake Habeeb, which hosts three swimming beaches and ample fishing and non-motorized boating opportunities. The park also boasts over 10 miles of natural surface trails, spacious picnic areas and a large family friendly campground with a nature center, camp store and Scales & Tales Aviary.
Take exit 50 off of I-68 toward the State Park and Rocky Gap Casino Resort. You will make the first LEFT turn toward the Casino Resort, however stay straight on this road until it ends at a small parking lot. There are few amenities at this site, including a picnic spot, a paved trail to the lake and a portable restroom facility.
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