Called "the art of map and compass reading," orienteering is a fun way to exercise and build wilderness survival skills. The object of orienteering is to find markers with the aid of a map and compass. These state parks have courses. Maps are available at the park office.
|Colonel Denning State Park|
There are three courses to challenge your map and compass skills: beginner, intermediate and advanced. Trail maps are available at the park office or the nature center.
|French Creek State Park|
Maps are available at the park office. Considered by some as the "Orienteering Capital of North America," French Creek has developed a permanent self-guiding course for use by visitors of all ages. There are two courses.
|Greenwood Furnace State Park|
The self-guiding course starts across the road from the Visitor Center/Park Office. Maps of the course are available at the Visitor Center/Park Office.
|Hickory Run State Park|
The two permanent orienteering courses at Hickory Run are a joint venture of the DVOA, Delaware Valley Orienteering Association (www.dvoa.org) and the Pocono Orienteering Club with new controls installed as an Eagle Scout project in 2010. There are variations on the courses that allow for beginner, intermediate, or advanced skill levels. At the pace of a slow stroll, one of the courses can ordinarily be completed within 60-90 minutes, allow 4 hours for the entire 20 controls. Detailed maps are available at the park office.
|Kings Gap Environmental Education Center|
A permanent orienteering course is located at Kings Gap. Additional information on orienteering and copies of the course map are available at the center office. The center offers programs on orienteering for beginners in the fall and spring.
|Promised Land State Park|
Beginner and intermediate orienteering courses are near the Rock Oak Ridge Trailhead, near the Pines Campground.