- The Locust Hill Nature Trail meanders through the beautiful hardwood forests of Quail Hill Scout Reservation. The trail is about 1.0 kilometers (0.6) miles long and takes about 30-45 minutes to complete. The trail head is located west of Lass Lodge, through the parking areas, and along the west edge of the compass field. There is a trail head marker (post).
- The nature trail guide can be used by an adult leader or senior scout to conduct a guided nature hike. There are numbered stops along the trail that correspond to the descriptions presented in the guide. The trail is marked ( blazed in trail jargon) with blue triangles that are oriented to point the direction of the trail. The trail can be used in either direction and is blazed in both directions but typically starts at the orienteering field near Lass Lodge where you will see a post marking “Nature Trail”.
- Locust Hill is the highest point on our camp. Located to the west of the orienteering field and camp site 12 it is steps from the start of the nature trail. At the top of Locust Hill you will find a metallic bench mark on the ground to indicate you are 236 feet above sea level. You are also at the highest point in the area. Groups are encouraged to use the adjoining field for compass practice and routine map work. The real fun begins with a true orienteering course. With the support of volunteers and the Delaware Valley Orienteering Club Quail Hill offers a variety of established orienteering courses. Situated throughout camp, various control points will challenge the Scouts abilities at all levels.
- The Orienteering course at Quail Hill Scout Reservation is a Permanent course consisting of nineteen orienteering control points or locations. The Control Points are made of sign quality aluminum; they measure 8” by 8”, and are covered with white and orange Scotch light reflective vinyl. Each control is identified with a letter and a number. The control markers are attached to fence posts, sign posts, pilings and buildings with stainless steel screws.
Maps and the answer key are available from the campmasters.
- Kiely Pond offers fishing fun for everyone. The pond was designed with Scouts in mind and offers an abundant shoreline for casting. Fishing is done on catch and release basis, so that the pond is well stocked.
- Canoes and Jon boats, life jackets, paddles, and oars can be rented. Canoes may be removed from the camp premises, but units are responsible for transportation and the safe use of the canoes. A trailer is available at no extra charge when six canoes are rented. Jon boats are for use on Kiely Pond at Quail Hill. The Boy Scouts of America Safety Afloat guildelines will be enforced.
The Battle of Monmouth Trail
- Just steps from Lawrence Lodge. This nationally recognized trail is open to Scouts as well as community groups.
- Maintained by the Historic Trails Committee of Na-Tsi-Hi Lodge of the Order of The Arrow. Groups registering to hike the trail receive a trail history lesson and trail conducted by volunteers of the Historic Trail Committee.
- For a nominal additional cost, hikers may purchase the Battle of Monmouth Historic Trail medal which may be proudly worn on your uniform. The trail involves some roadside hiking. So for safety reasons, this trail it is not recommended for Cub Scout Packs.
- Along this historic trail you will pass landmark historical places such as Hulse Memorial Home and Village Inn, the Old Tennent Church, Cobb House, Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Molly Pitcher’s Well, Molly Pitcher’s Spring, and Craig House. The trail ends in Freehold with St. Peters’ Church and the Battle of Monmouth Monument.
- The Trail is approximately 11 miles of maintained trails making for a great day program option. Advance reservations are necessary in order to hike the trail. Click here for more information.
Six Flags Great Adventure
- This amusement park and safari adventure is located a short drive away in Jackson NJ, click here for more information.
The Jersey Shore
- Less than an hour drive away. Take your choice from Sandy Hook National park, Seven President’s park in Long Branch or even a day in historic Asbury Park or Ocean Grove.