Park Quest registration for 2018 will be conducted via the Department of Natural Resources' Online Store, starting May 1, 2018. Registration will be available on a first come, first served basis. Teams must agree to the Liability Waiver on-line prior to completing registration.
Registration for 2018 opens on May 1st. Registration is open until filled. There is a 1,000 team limit for Park Quest.
If you miss the registration you may still participate in Park Quest activities without the Park Quest passport. However, you will have to pay the daily entrance fee where required and will not be eligible for Park Quest prizes. It is recommended that frequent visitors to Maryland State Parks purchase an Annual Passport, which provides unlimited day-use access to all state parks through December 31st.
Questions may be directed to:
Melissa Boyle Acuti
Maryland Park Service
E-mail: Melissa.Boyle@maryland.gov (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
There is a $10 registration fee per team to participate in Park Quest 2018. The Maryland Park Service wants families to come explore our extraordinary parks across the state. The registration fee does not include camping.
With the Park Quest Passport, day-use service charges are waived for ONLY the day that teams are at a park to complete the Quest. Please remember to bring your Park Quest Passport with you to gain entry into the participating parks. Return visits to any state park may be subject to all applicable service charges.
If you do not have a Park Quest Passport, you will be required to pay the daily entrance fees. It is recommended that frequent visitors to Maryland State Parks purchase an Annual Passport, which provides unlimited day-use access to all state parks through December 31st.
Participants who are camping will need to pay for their overnight accommodations when staying in the campgrounds or cabins. State Park camping reservations can be made through this website.
Park Quest is designed to get the whole family outdoors to explore and enjoy Maryland State Parks. As such, a team consists of at least one adult and one minor 16 years old or younger. There is a limit of 10 persons per team. As much as possible, we encourage the entire family to participate in all Park Quest activities.
Park Quest 2018 officially begins on June 1st and ends on December 1st. The goal of your team is to visit as many of the 22 designated Park Quest locations and finish the assigned activities. Upon successful completion of a Quest, you will get your Passport endorsed. Information on the times you can complete Quests will be available on the Park Quest website.
The Park Quest adventures do not need to be completed in any particular order and teams can complete more than one in a day, if they choose to do so. Any time and day restrictions will be noted on the Park Quest website and the Park Quest worksheet pages. Teams that complete a minimum number of Quests will be eligible for Park Quest prizes!
Please note that some Quests have both Basic and Bonus Quest options.
At the end of Park Quest, teams that have completed a minimum number of Quests will be entered into a drawing for special Park Quest prizes.
Each team will be issued a Park Quest Passport which will be used by park staff to confirm your team’s participation. When teams go to a State Park to complete a Quest, they should follow the instructions posted on the Park Quest website. Once they complete the challenge, they will get their Passport endorsed. At the end of Park Quest, teams that have completed a minimum number of Quests will be entered into a drawing for special Park Quest prizes.
Yes, Park Quests are physically challenging but persons with disabilities can be accommodated on most Quests with advance notice. Contact the State Park directly at least one week prior to the day you want to complete your Quest and request assistance.
Yes, as with any adventure there is a small possibility that a participant could be injured. Park staff members will give instructions to minimize the potential for injuries. It is important to be aware of the hazards of participating in outdoor activities and take the proper safeguards to ensure that you and your teammates have a safe enjoyable Park Quest adventure. Here are some tips to remember when recreating outdoors.
Addresses and phone numbers will not be released.
Quests are available daily, unless otherwise indicated.
Elk Neck (Bonus Quest)
Fort Frederick (Basic & Bonus Quest)
Gambrill (Basic & Bonus)
Gunpowder - Hart Miller Island (Bonus Quest)
Gunpowder - Jerusalem Mill (Basic & Bonus Quest)
Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad
Janes Island (Basic & Bonus)
Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary (Basic & Bonus)
Patapsco - Avalon
Patapsco - Hollofield
Patapsco - McKeldin (Bonus Quest)
Rocky Gap (Basic & Bonus)
St. Mary’s River (Basic & Bonus)
580 Taylor Ave, Annapolis MD 21401