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Welcome to ParkQuest!

ParkQuest - Social Distance Orienteering in the Age of COVID19


       OCIN has suspended our regular event schedule during the current crisis and is encouraging all members and friends of orienteering to keep appropriate social distance.  But, it is still good to go outside, get sunlight, and exercise on an individual basis. Ohio's Governor Dewine even said that it is a "good time to run around in the woods."  So, OCIN will begin offering a series of "non-events" that we are calling ParkQuest.

       Each week or so, we will publish a different map with courses in an area park.
             1. Print the map on your own (we are also working on loading the map to an app so you can take it on your phone or GPS device).
             2. Go to the park at a time of your own choosing, avoiding contact with others, you can complete the course(s) on your own.
             3. Upload your results. Self-report times, Draw your route or upload GPS track to the OCIN Route Gadget site (link soon), Upload a selfie to the OCIN Facebook page.
             4. When things return to normalcy, we plan to have a random drawing from those who have uploaded routes and selfies for some fun goodies from our sponsors.

       ParkQuest 1 at Garr Hill is ready! (see below)
       ParkQuest 2 at Burnet Woods is ready! (see below)
       You can also try one of the several permanent courses linked below!

       Your safety is important:
             Tell others where you are going and when you expect to return. Leave a map.
             Take a cell phone and whistle.

ParkQuest #1 - Garr Hill, Indiana

             A full range of courses from white to red is available for printing here.
             Garr Hill Boat Ramp, State Route 101 North, Brookville, IN 47012. Locator Map Directions: From Brookville, IN, go north on Indiana route 101 for 5 miles. Turn left at Pea Ridge / Garr Hill Rd for 0.9 miles. Large parking lot at boat ramp. Pit toilet available (we suggest byo paper and hand sanitizer)
             Caution: Spring turkey hunting April 22 to May 10. We recommend doing this course before April 21. If you go after turkey season starts, wear orange.
             Report your results and experiences here.
             View who else did the course here.
             Post a selfie of you doing the course (or anything cool you saw on the course) to OCIN's Facebook page. If you did the course with anyone else, please be sure that photos show appropriate social distancing.
             All controls are marked with two streamers: bright pink and lime green. Please report if any are missing.
             Cell phone coverage is non-existent at the parking area, but you can get signal on the hilltops.

   

ParkQuest #2 - Burnet Woods, Cincinnati

             A range of courses (beginner, intermediate, advanced) is available for printing here.
             Burnet Woods, Cincinnati, Ohio. Locator Map
             Check signs before parking; some areas have meters or require a University of Cincinnati permit. There is free parking on the park drive north of the start.
             There are NO control markings in the park. You can use the UsynligO ("Invisible Orienteering") app on your phone to get a vibration or tone when you find the correct spot. There are 3 courses: beginner, intermediate, and advanced.
             Report your results and experiences here.
             View who else did the course here.
             Post a selfie of you doing the course (or anything cool you saw on the course) to OCIN's Facebook page.

   

Permanent Courses

       During this crisis, we will also be offering some of our permanent course maps for free download. We expect to be adding more of our permanent courses soon.

       Rentschler Forest permanent course (PDF file).
             The start and finish by the Cummins Shelter has no marking or post. This is a relatively easy (white/yellow) course. All of the control points are marked by a thin white PVC post about 1 meter tall. The course can be done either sequentially or score-style.
             This park is operated by MetroParks of Butler County, and a parks motor vehicle permit is required. Permits (good at all MetroParks of Butler County) are free for Butler County residents and are $5 daily or $10 annual for others. MetroParks of Butler County are open 8 am until dusk.
             Report your results and experiences here.
             View who else did the course here.
             Post a selfie of you doing the course (or anything cool you saw on the course) to OCIN's Facebook page. If you did the course with anyone else, please be sure that photos show appropriate social distancing.
  

       Big Bone Lick State Park permanent course (PDF file).
             Controls 13, 14, and 15 are currently off-limits and should be skipped. Controls 1 thru 9 make a relatively easy (white/yellow) course; Controls 10, 11 and 12 are just a bit more challenging, and 16 thru 20 are difficult. All control points are marked by a brown Carsonite post about 1 meter tall.
             Please note the warning signs regarding the dam at Big Bone Lick, which is currently leaking and in need of repair. Areas immediately below the dam and around the lake are currently closed. Skip controls 13-14-15!
             This park is operated by Kentucky State Parks, and there is no admission or parking fee. The park is open dawn to dusk.
             Report your results and experiences here.
             View who else did the course here.
             Post a selfie of you doing the course (or anything cool you saw on the course) to OCIN's Facebook page. If you did the course with anyone else, please be sure that photos show appropriate social distancing.
  

       Miami University - Middletown Campus permanent course (PDF file).
             Controls 1 thru 10 make a relatively easy (white/yellow) course; Controls 11 thru 20 are more difficult. All control points are marked by a wooden post about 1 meter tall, with a metal plate on top.
             Control post 5 is missing, but you should be able to identify the old concrete building foundation.
             This park is operated by Miami University, and is open dawn to dusk.
             Report your results and experiences here.
             View who else did the course here
             Post a selfie of you doing the course (or anything cool you saw on the course) to OCIN's Facebook page. If you did the course with anyone else, please be sure that photos show appropriate social distancing.
  

       Governor Bebb permanent course (PDF file).
             Most controls are easy (white/yellow), but 3, 9, 16 are a little more challenging, especially as vegetation gets thicker. All of the control points are marked by a thick white PVC post about 1 meter tall. The course can be done either sequentially or score-style.
             There are 19 controls. There is no post #10. Notes: Control 9 was a rootstock, it is deteriorating but still obvious. The distinct tree at control 16 is now a stump.
             This park is operated by MetroParks of Butler County, and a parks motor vehicle permit is required. Permits (good at all MetroParks of Butler County) are free for Butler County residents and are $5 daily or $10 annual for others. MetroParks of Butler County are open 8 am until dusk.
             Report your results and experiences here.
             View who else did the course here.
             Post a selfie of you doing the course (or anything cool you saw on the course) to OCIN's Facebook page. If you did the course with anyone else, please be sure that photos show appropriate social distancing.

The Fine Print
       Orienteering Cincinnati maintains copyright, ownership, and all reproduction rights for all maps made available through this site. Individuals may print single copies for personal use.

       When doing any of these courses, please respect and avoid any private property areas or cultivated fields marked on the map. Please also avoid any obvious private property, construction areas, cultivation or gardens even if not indicated on the map. Please respect any park rules and road or trail closures, and visit only during hours when the park is open to the public.

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