Orienteering can be an important way to find your way from one spot to another and it can also be an enjoyable outdoor sport. Orienteering is the international sport of finding one’s way through various terrain using a compass, topographical map and navigation skills. It’s easy to learn and is a fun way to exercise both the mind and body while enjoying the natural world. Orienteering can be enjoyed by people of all ages and experiences.
Special orienteering courses have been set up at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park, Cuivre River State Park and Knob Noster State Park. Maps of the orienteering courses can be purchased at the park offices.
At Rock Bridge, a course with 30 permanent markers has been established and is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Groups of 15 or more people must reserve the course in advance and may do so online. Individuals and groups smaller than 15 do not have to reserve the course. Programs to learn orienteering are available through various venues, including the annual WOW National Outdoor Recreation and Conservation School at Roaring River State Park in October.