Part Sherlock Holmes, Part Outdoor Adventure - come explore your world!
Put on your sleuthing cap! Follow a curious map & solve rhyming clues that take you on a walking journey through an outdoor space with a story to tell.
Welcome to Questing - a fun outdoor adventure series in the Ohio & Erie Canalway.
Each Quest is designed to help you discover the natural and cultural gems of the Canalway & its clues lead you to a hidden box! Each Quest also is a treasure hunt that tells a story about what makes this particular spot in Northeast Ohio so special. You'll follow rhyming clues and a handmade map to locate a hidden box. Inside each box is a logbook to sign and a unique hand-carved stamp to mark your brochure or personal journal.
When to Go?
Quests are active from April 15 - Nov. 15th each year.
Canalway partners hide 40 Quest boxes over four counties - Cuyahoga, Summit, Stark and Tuscarawas - to encourage visitors to explore their National Heritage Area. Enjoy!
To Start Your Adventure
Pick a Quest!
Our Quest Table has overviews of every Quest
Use this handy table to find the adventure for you.
- Note optional gear/special requirements before you go.
- Expand your visit with a Canalway Sampler - available on seven Quests.
Found your Quest?
Simply print it out and “Map Your Trip!” to plot your journey.
From time-to-time, Quest changes takes place. Check below before you go!
Quest for Brushwood Boulder is offline for repairs.
Designing the Landscape Quest has a new box location.
Waters of the Tuscarawas Quest has a new box location.
Seiberlings at Play Quest is new for 2016.
Mustill Store Quest was updated for 2016.
The Rise of Akron Quest was updated for 2016.
Questing the Cascade Locks was updated for 2016.
Check back here for more updates.
Create Your Own Personal Questing Stamp
Join the Fun!
The National Park offers Drop-In Programs where you can make your own signature Canalway Questing stamp.
Keep checking back for more events.
Check back in May for our summer 2017 schedule.
How to Quest - the specifics
Questing is modeled after the English practice of letterboxing.
- Each Quest has you follow a series of rhyming clues.
- During your journey - the clues lead to a hidden "treasure" box.
- Once found - open the box and look inside! You’ll see:
- A Ledger - to leave a note that you were there &
- A Stamp - to collect an impression - proof that you found the box.
- Leave your mark & re-hide the box - for other Questers to discover!
- Ready? Pick a Quest & print it out. Map Your Trip! & then head out.
- How Questing differs from Geocaching - no trinkets are exchanged
- Field Copies of Quests - you’ll find them at Visitor Centers
- Canalway Questing History & Facts
- About Questing
Before You Go
Plan & Expand Your Visit - using site features
WHO CAN QUEST?
All ages and abilities - school age to adult.
A collaborative series - Cuyahoga Valley National Park, along with Cleveland Metroparks, Summit Metro Parks, Stark Parks, Cascade Locks Park Association, and the Ohio & Erie Canalway, introduced this new interactive recreational activity to Northeast Ohio in 2010. Since then, many partners have joined us.
Free to the public, all you need is a pencil/pen to participate. Good walking shoes help and a personal stamp enhances the fun.
To date, over 9,000 Questers from 23 States have come to Quest. Joining them are four-footed friends. In fact, at least 33 pups have signed into the hidden boxes, one per Quest, and have left their "stamp" in the form of a paw print. Did you know? Since 2013, we've also welcomed international teams.
Will you be next to join the fun?
Courtesy Girl Scout Troop 30609
Follow the Canalway
Hike and canoe along a scenic river. Stroll hand-in-hand through charming streets. Share over quiet meals. When it's time for a getaway, here's a great adventure for two. Begin your day at 9:30 a.m. with a morning adventure by the water. Park just outside of town at Zoar Lake Shelter (434 West Fifth Street, Zoar, Ohio 44697). Remember to bring a pen and your Canalway Quest brochure (see below). The Waters of the Tuscarawas Quest is a peaceful hike to the Tuscarawas River, passing ruins of past industries... More »
A Towpath was a Towing Path Bicyclists and walkers on the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail today follow the same path that in the 1800s was used by mules and mule-drivers to pull canal boats—with some exceptions. Canal Fever , KSU Press, 2009 More »
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11/12/2016 - 12/20/2016
Location Provided on Registration, Peninsula, OH 44264
10/9/2016 - 10/10/2016
1556 Boston Mills Road, Boston, OH 44264