Why Leave No Trace?
Introduction To Quest
Your Park Quest adventure at Sandy Point State Park will introduce you to an area of the park seldom seen by the public. You will work your way through a number of puzzles on this self-guided quest that will lead your team to the answer of why we should all Leave No Trace. Your quest will end with a picturesque view of the Chesapeake Bay, Sandy Point Lighthouse, and the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.
The Park Quest at Sandy Point State Park starts at the Headquarters Office. Make sure to follow the sign for the office because it’s located outside of the park entrance. Your first clue will be found just outside the office door. The Quest is available 7 days per week from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Please note: Park may fill to capacity on weekends and holidays and may be closed for entry. If this is the case, you’ll need to show the traffic personnel your Passport in order to gain access to the office, but you will not be able to enter the park until it has re-opened.
Your quest is self-guided, meaning that you will not need to access park buildings or locate park staff, and is a 1.2 mile hike that will take about 1 ½ hours to complete. Pets are permitted in the Quest Area of the park as long as they are on a 6 foot leash at all times. Pets are NOT permitted in the Day-Use Area of the Park from May 1 through September 30.
Follow the arrows on the map on the back of your Quest Sheet in order to stay on the path. Park Quest signs will mark the stations. Each stop along the way will have a puzzle that needs to be arranged correctly in order to determine which Leave No Trace Principle is being featured. The puzzle will also contain a letter to record on your Quest Sheet in order to answer the quest puzzle.
To answer the question “Why Leave No Trace?” and complete the quest, teams must unscramble the letters they collected to form a key word. At the final station, you will find a Park Quest log-in book and a medallion to do a rubbing in your passport.
Things to Bring
- Insect repellent
- Digital Camera
- Walking shoes/boots
Sandy Point was opened in 1952 by the State of Maryland. The park was developed in response to the need for recreational opportunities on the Chesapeake Bay.
This 786-acre State Park is located along the Northwestern shore of the majestic Chesapeake Bay. The park’s beaches and picnic areas are well known for their breathtaking scenic water views that overlook one of Maryland’s true treasures, the Chesapeake Bay.
Recreational activities and services include swimming beaches, picnicking, fishing, crabbing, boating, hiking, youth group camping, areas of historical interest and wildlife viewing. The Park also offers a marina store and boat rentals, as well as a nature center with native creatures.
Sandy Point State Park
1100 East College Parkway
Annapolis, MD 21401
GPS 3900 48.81N 7624 07.95W
Sandy Point State Park is located in Anne Arundel County, at the western terminus of the Bay Bridge, off U.S. Routes 50/301 at exit 32.