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2012 Self-Guided Quests

For the 2012 Quests, teams have an option of what region in the state you would like to visit. You must complete one of the regional quests to complete the Great Park Pursuit challenge but are invited to take part in other regional quests for added outdoor fun and points. The five regions include the Seacoast Region, Merrimack Valley Region, Monadnock Region, the Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee/Lakes Region and the Great North Woods/White Mountains Region.

You must visit the required locations to successfully complete the Quest(s) you choose. If you visit the additional locations on the Quest(s), you will gain extra points as indicated next to each location name. Hint: Traveling north gains extra points!

Enjoy your visits to the locations and as always if you have questions, please contact us at nhgpp@dred.state.nh.us.

Note: Along with the photo challenges listed below, you will be required to provide a brief description of your visit at each location.

See examples from last year's self-guided quests.
Click on a region below for the self-guided quest in that region:
self-guided quest regions
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Seacoast Region

Upon completion of the required locations of this quest, you will receive 4 points toward your total score for the Great Park Pursuit.  Seacoast Region Self-Guided Quest 

Required Locations and Their Photo Challenge:

Water Feature: 
Kingston State Park, Kingston - The park is a great location for a day of fun at the beach with a picnic area, playground, softball field, and more.
Challenge:
  1. Take a picture of the lake.
  2. Take a picture of the evergreens lining the park entrance road.
Difficulty: Easy
            
Presidents & Historical Site:
Fort Stark Historic Site, New Castle - Fort Stark was named in honor of John Stark, commander of N.H. forces at the Battle of Bennington.
Challenge:
  1. Take a picture of the Fort.
  2. Take a picture of Little Harbor.
Difficulty: Easy
 
Biodiversity:
Bellamy River Wildlife Sanctuary Marsh, Dover - This property is owned and managed by the NH Audubon Society and is primarily a wildlife sanctuary. A variety of mammals utilize the diverse mix of natural communities here. Numerous species of birds can be seen in the woodland and wetland habitats. Brochure and Trail Map 
Challenge:
  1. Take a picture of the high tide line after the footbridge on Cove Trail.
  2. Take a picture from Clements Point.
Difficulty: Moderate

Build a Sandcastle: Please level your sand castle and refill any digging holes you made before you leave.
Hampton Beach State Park-South, Hampton - The southern most park on the seacoast. Activities in the park include swimming, fishing, picnicking, and RV camping with full hook-ups in the campground. This location should not be confused with the metered parking areas.
Challenge:
  1. Take a picture of the entrance sign to the park.
  2. Build your castle and provide a picture of it with the ocean in the background.
Difficulty: Easy

Other Suggested Locations: (1 point each)
Urban Forestry Center, Portsmouth - One of New Hampshire's most unique resources is not found on a majestic mountain top... or in the state's many lakes, rivers, and streams... or even within its forests. It's actually located on a quiet road on the outskirts of Portsmouth, just waiting to be discovered by anyone who values New Hampshire's woodlands and natural resources. The Urban Forestry Center is managed by the Division of Forests and Lands.
Challenge:
  1. Take a picture of a sign on the Tree Identification Trail.
  2. Take a picture of the salt marsh grasses.
Difficulty: Easy

Fort Constitution Historic Site, New Castle - Fort Constitution State Historic Site is located on a peninsula on the northeast corner of New Castle Island.
Challenge:
  1. Take a picture of the Langdon/Sullivan plaque.
  2. Take a picture of the lighthouse.
Difficulty: Easy

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Merrimack  Valley Region

Upon completion of the required locations of this quest, you will receive 4 points toward your total score for the Great Park Pursuit.  Merrimack Valley Self-Guided Quest 

Required Locations and Their Photo Challenge:

Water Feature:
Northwood Meadows State Park, Northwood - This wooded park has a vast wetlands area and is excellent for nature walks and picnicking.
Challenge:
  1. Take a picture of the park entrance sign.
  2. Take a picture of the grassy beach on the shore of the pond.
Diffuculty: Easy

Presidents & Historical Figures:
Robert Frost Farm State Historic Site, Derry - Frost, one of the nation's most acclaimed poets whose writings are said to be the epitome of New England, attributed many of his poems to memories from the Derry years.
Challenge:
  1. Take a picture of the house.
  2. Take a picture of Farm Pond on the Hyla Brook Nature/Poetry Trail.
Difficulty: Easy

Biodiversity:
Manchester Cedar Swamp, Manchester - At The Nature Conservancy’s Manchester Cedar Swamp preserve, visitors will encounter several unusual natural vegetation communities along three loop trails. Brochure and Trail Map 
Challenge:
  1. Take a picture of the Cedar Loop sign.
  2. Take a picture of the cedar swamp.
Diffuculty: Moderate

Build a Sandcastle: Please level your sand castle and refill any digging holes you made before you leave.
Clough State Park, Everett Lake, Weare - The park is located on the shore of Everett Lake.
Challenge:
  1. Take a picture of the entrance sign to the park.
  2. Build your castle and provide a picture of it with the lake in the background.
Difficulty: Easy

Other Suggested Locations: (1 point each)
Taylor Mill State Historic Site, Derry - This Site is an “Up and Down” Saw Mill situated in Ballard State Forest and is cooperatively maintained by the Division of Parks and Recreation and the Division of Forests and Lands Planning and Community Forestry Bureau.
Challenge:
  1. Take a picture of the red info sign on the mill building.
  2. Take a picture of the water wheel at the mill.
Difficulty: Easy

Hannah Duston Memorial Historic Site, Boscawen - The Memorial is located on a small island at the confluence of the Contoocook and Merrimack Rivers
Challenge:
  1. Take a picture of the metal bridge you must cross.
  2. Take a picture of the Hannah Duston Memorial.
Difficulty: Easy

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Monadnock Region

Upon completion of the required locations of this quest, you will receive 4 points toward your total score for the Great Park Pursuit.  Monadnock Region Self-Guided Quest 

Required Locations and Their Photo Challenge:

Water Feature: 
Monadnock State Park - Gilson Pond, Jaffrey - Gilson Pond sits at the base of Mt. Monadnock.
Challenge:
  1. Take a picture of the dam on the pond. 
  2. Take a picture of a footbridge on Pond Loop Trail.
Difficulty: Easy
                   
Presidents & Historical Figures:
Franklin Pierce Homestead Historic Site, Hillsborough - Franklin Pierce (1804-1869), the seventh of nine children, spent a happy childhood in attractive surroundings of gardens and trees.
Challenge:
  1. Take a picture of the Historic Marker.
  2. Take a picture of the house.
Difficulty: Easy

Biodiversity: 
Fox State Forest Black Gum Swamp, Hillsborough - At the Fox Research and Demonstration Forest, which is managed by the Division of Forests and Lands, several different natural and managed vegetation communities can be viewed along the trails. Brochure and Trail Map 
Challenge:
  1. Take a picture of the Swamp Trail sign.
  2. Take a picture of the Black Gum swamp.
Difficulty: Moderate

Build a Sandcastle: Please level your sand castle and refill any digging holes you made before you leave.
Greenfield State Park, Greenfield - The park features ponds, bogs, and a forest that extends to the shore of undeveloped Otter Lake. Walking paths lead to ponds and other points of interest in the park.
Challenge:
  1. Take a picture of the entrance sign to the park.
  2. Build your castle and provide a picture of it with the lake in the background.
Difficulty: Easy

Other Suggested Locations: (1 point each)
Pisgah State Park, Winchester, Chesterfield, Hinsdale - This is one of our largest undeveloped parks with over 13,300 acres of land to explore.
Challenge:
  1. Take a picture of the trailhead kiosk at the Kilburn trailhead.
  2. Take a picture of Kilburn Pond.
Difficulty: Moderate

Miller State Park, Peterborough - Visit the summit of Pack Monadnock via the summit auto road or a hiking trail.
Challenge:
  1. Take a picture of Mt. Monadnock from the Wapack Trail South trailhead
  2. Take a picture of the fire tower.
Difficulty:  Moderate

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Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee/ Lakes Region

Upon completion of the required locations of this quest, you will receive 4 points toward your total score for the Great Park Pursuit. Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee/Lakes Region Self-Guided Quest 

Required Locations and Their Photo Challenge:

Water Feature:
Gardner Memorial Wayside, Butterfield Pond, Springfield - Gardner Memorial Wayside Park is part of Gile State Forest, which spans 6,675 acres. While the Wayside Park is managed by the Division of Parks and Recreation, the Division of Forests and Lands manages Gile State Forest.
Challenge:
  1. Take a picture of Butterfield Pond.
  2. Take a picture of the Old Mill Site.
Difficulty: Moderate

Presidents & Historical Figures: 
Daniel Webster Birthplace Historic Site, Franklin - Visit the birthplace of one of our country's most respected orators and statesmen.
Challenge:
  1. Take a picture of the Historic Maker at the site.
  2. Take a picture of the Sawyer House.
Difficulty: Easy

Biodiversity: 
Mt. Cardigan Subalpine Summit and Rocky Ridge, Orange - Like true alpine communities, which occur at higher elevations, subalpine areas generally range from sparsely vegetated to dwarf-shrubland in structure, but they differ by the presence of krummholz (or crooked wood). At lower elevations like this (between 3000 and 3500 ft.), the dominant tree comprising Krummholz is typically red spruce. Brochure and Trail Map 
Challenge:
  1. Take a picture of some Krummholz.
  2. Take a picture from the summit.
Difficulty: Difficult

Build a Sandcastle: Please level your sand castle and refill any digging holes you made before you leave
Wadleigh State Park, Sutton - The park offers a great spot for a day at the beach with tall pines shading the picnic areas adjacent to the beach.
Challenge:
  1. Take a picture of the entrance sign to the park.
  2. Build your castle and provide a picture of it with the lake in the background.
Difficulty: Easy

Other Suggested Locations: (1 point each)
Winslow State Park, Wilmot - The park is located on the northwest slope of Mt. Kearsarge, in Wilmot, NH.
Challenge:
  1. Take a picture of the remains of the namesake of the park.
  2. Take a picture of the boulder near the summit that indicates the distance remaining. (Winslow Trail).
Difficulty: Moderate

Madison Boulder Natural Area, Madison - Madison Boulder Natural Area is home to the largest known erratic in New England and among the largest in the world.
Challenge:
  1. Take a picture of the Boulder as you are walking down the path.
  2. Take a picture of your teammates in front of the boulder.
Difficulty: Easy

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White Mountain/Great North Woods Region

Upon completion of the required locations of this quest, you will receive 8 points toward your total score for the Great Park Pursuit.  White Mountains/Great North Woods Region Self-Guided Quest 

Required Locations and Their Photo Challenge:

Water Feature:
Beaver Brook Falls Wayside, Colebrook - Beaver Brook fans out over a sliding cascade, then broadens and drops about 30’ to 40' over a sheer and jagged cliff face before collecting itself and cascading about 25' to 30' more to the base.
Challenge:
  1. Take a picture of the falls. 
  2. Take a picture of the sign in the picnic area.
Difficulty: Easy

Presidents & Historical Figures: Note: You will need to drive between challenge locations.
Dixville Notch State Park, Dixville - Spanning 127 acres, the park offers a scenic gorge and waterfalls on two mountain brooks.
Challenge: 
  1. On Rte. 26 by the entrance road to the Balsams, take a picture of the historical marker sign.
  2. Take a picture of the ancient cemetery.  Hint: Cemetery is located on the east side of the notch in the area signed as “Cascades” and “Huntington Cascades”.
Difficulty: Easy
                                         
Biodiversity: 
Moose Brook State Park- Rich Mesic Forest on CCC Perimeter Path, Gorham
Park in the picnic area and follow “Berry Farm Rd” for just under 1 mile. Turn left at CCC Perimeter Path and follow for 10-15 minutes.  Look for the “Rich Mesic Forest” sign. Total hike is approximately 2 miles. Important note: As you walk up Berry Farm Road you will pass 2 other trails on the left that are much lower down on the road than the trail you want. The 1st trail is named "CCC Link", the 2nd is the lower junction for "CCC Perimeter Path", the 3rd is the one you want at the upper junction of the "CCC Perimeter Path". All 3 trail junctions have obvious signs.
Challenge:
  1. Take a picture of CCC Perimeter Path sign.
  2. Once you reach the Forest, take a picture of the unique vegetation in the area.
Difficulty: Moderate

Build a Sandcastle:  Please level your sand castle and refill any digging holes you made before you leave.
Echo Lake State Park, North Conway - Not to be confused with Echo Lake Beach in Franconia Notch State Park, Echo Lake State Park also offers a scenic trail around the lake providing great views of Cathedral Ledge, which towers over the lake.  
Challenge:
  1. Take a picture of the entrance sign to the park.
  2. Build your castle and provide a picture of it with the lake in the background.
Difficulty: Easy

Other Suggested Locations: (2 points each)
Willey House Site, Crawford Notch State Park - Enjoy the Willey Boulders from the new viewing platform located behind the park buildings.
Challenge:
  1. Take a picture of the view from the platform.
  2. Take a picture of the boulders and sign.
Difficulty: Easy
 
Weeks State Park, Lancaster - Visit the stone fire tower at Weeks State Park by vehicle or hiking Mt. Prospect.
Challenge:
  1. Take a picture of the wood sign identifying the elevation with the tower in the background. 
  2. Take a picture of the tower from the porch of the Lodge with the mountain-view in the background.
Difficulty: Easy - Moderate