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Muddy Squirrel

Learn more about orienteering events in the area from our friends at the Blue Ridge Orienteering Club.

Learn more about the amazing benefits of orienteering (mind, body, and soul) at these links from our friends at Orienteering Unlimited

​​Think it might be too easy? Think it might be too hard? Our Muddy Squirrel courses are carefully designed to make sure "newbies" have success, while experienced navigators will be pushed to "clear" the course in the two hour time limit.

​​​​​​​​​Find your spirit of adventure through the diverse terrain on and off the trails of Explore Park. In this family friendly, hands-on adventure participants will learn the necessary skills to navigate in the backcountry while completing a scavenger hunt. Using a map and compass go through 15-20 “control points” either taking your time to find a few or go fast and try to find them all. The scavenger hunt begins and ends at the Visitor Center. This program is beginner-friendly, but expert approved! All equipment provided. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.

What is orienteering?

Orienteering is a competitive sport where individuals or teams use a map & compass to navigate an area in search of control markers.

  • Control markers are worth different point values
  • Time limit (our events are typically 2 hrs)
  • Most points wins
  • In the event that multiple teams "clear the course," first team back wins
  • We provide maps
  • You provide the compass​
  • Great for families or teams of friends 
  • 15 minute "crash course" immediately before start of competitive events
  • We also offer "custom" orienteering experiences for any group​

More Orienteering Resources:

Orienteering USA

​International Orienteering Federation

February 18 -- Backcountry Scavenger Hunt Explore Park, Roanoke

1:00 -- Registration and basic instruction available

1:30 -- Maps distributed

1:45 -- 3:45 Course open (15-20 control points, many easy enough for "beginners," some hard enough for "experts")​​

Registration fee: $20/person  


Muddy Squirrel Orienteering