Introduction To Quest
While embarking on the Rocky Run Challenge, you and your team will be tested to the limits. This quest consists of a one mile hike, exploring a portion of the Appalachian Trail, reaching the beautiful Rocky Run shelters. On your hike you will discover the natural wonder, peace, beauty and some of the history that the Maryland portion of the Appalachian Trail has to offer.
The hike to the shelter and back will be 2 miles round-trip and take 1 to 2 hours to complete. Give yourselves time to explore and enjoy the surroundings of the shelters. Complete worksheet activities as you go, wait until you reach the shelters, or after you've finished the hike. Make sure to bring the worksheets as they have information that will help guide you to your destination and back. Have fun!
Arrive at the Reno Monument Road/Lambs Knoll Road parking lot and hike south on the Appalachian Trail. Hike to the Rocky Run shelters following the worksheet's information. To complete the quest, take a picture of the team or a team member at one of the Rocky Run shelters. If your team would like to add a stamp to your passport book, upon completion of the quest you can drive to the Washington Monument State Park museum to receive a Park Quest stamp. Museum open hours are Thursday through Monday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. You must arrive during open hours to receive a stamp.
GPS Coordinates: N39.47052/W77.61768
Written Driving Directions to the Quest Site - Please follow these directions. Do not use the park address provided in the Park Quest passport, or you will end up in the wrong location
South Mountain Recreation Area is comprised of four state parks that are ready for exploration year round. Start the day by hiking the Appalachian Trail, which runs approximately 41 miles on the ridge of South Mountain, bordering both Frederick and Washington counties. Or visit a Civil War battlefield in South Mountain State Park, where two future U.S. presidents fought to preserve the union. Explore the unique history of Civil War journalist George Alfred Townsend’s estate at Gathland State Park, and visit the first monument completed in honor of our first U.S. president at Washington Monument State Park. Relax at Greenbrier State Park by swimming, fishing, boating, camping, having a picnic or riding your mountain bike.
Washington Monument State Park6620 Zittlestown RoadMiddletown, MD 21769301-791-4767
580 Taylor Ave, Annapolis MD 21401