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Soldiers Delight N.E.A.

A Miners Life Quest

Park Quest participants at Soldiers Delight.

Introduction To Quest

Get on your mining gear, there has been a job opening in the Solders Delight Chromite Mine. Come “meet” Jack, our local miner on this audio tour as he takes you around to the different mining operations that were going on in the area. Try your hand at panning and other mining activities.

Quest Information

This Quest is part audio tour and part mining-related activities including screening, panning, rock identification, and a low-light mining simulation. A mile of easy to moderate hiking will be involved, so pack some good walking shoes.

This Quest is available on Wednesday through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. when the Visitor Center is open. If your team will not be able to make it during these times you may call no more than two days ahead of your planned trip to see if another time might be available. Call Soldiers Delight at 410-922-3044.

The Visitor Center is easily accessible and includes four audio clips, the panning activity and the low-light activity.

Two audio stops and one mining activity are in the Visitor Center. Soldiers Delight is pet friendly, but pets are not allowed in the Visitor Center. Please remember all pets must be on a leash.

Make sure you bring with you the answer sheet so you can unlock your Passport stamp. Don’t forget your Passport and a pen!

Print the Soldiers Delight Miner Clue Sheet here.

Additional Quest Details

Notice: Please be advised the Quest takes approximately 2 hours to complete and there are a limited number of packs that can go out at one time. Park Quest materials are first come first serve so it is recommended participants call ahead (410-922-3044) to see if there is a wait. The staff will do their best to accommodate all visitors and are prepared to make arrangements if Questers do not have the full 2 hours necessary to complete the entire Quest.

Download Audio Files About the Quest

Download the audio files below to your cell phone or MP3 player as you travel to the ten stations along your Quest route at Soldiers Delight NEA.

Park Information

The history of Soldiers Delight is as unique as the land it stands on. Shaped by Native Americans, the Civil War, and chromite mining, the land’s journey to becoming a protected Natural Environment Area was centuries in the making. Soldiers Delight is now home to 39 rare or endangered species and is the largest surviving remnant of what was once the Great Serpentine Barrens.

A wide variety of outdoor activities keeps visitors coming back year after year. Seven miles of hiking trails wind through the living grasslands and pass by remarkably well-preserved mines. For hikers looking for an added challenge, letterbox clues are hidden along the trails and must be gathered and organized in order to unlock a series of puzzles.

Inside, the Visitor Center hosts ongoing programs that regularly feature live animals, wilderness survival lessons, and an endless amount of diverse presentations tailored to audiences of all ages. During Visitor Center hours, there is also a free exhibit hall, reference library, scavenger hunt, and the chance to come face to face with live owls and reptiles.

Soldiers Delight Natural Environment Area
5100 Deer Park Road
Owings Mills MD 21117
GPS 39.40944 76.83537

Directions to Soldiers Delight NEA:

  • From Baltimore take I- 695 towards I-795. Merge onto I-795 north; take the 2nd exit, Franklin Boulevard west. If driving south on I-795, Franklin Boulevard has only one exit; once you exit take a left at the first stop sign then turn right at the light on to Franklin Boulevard. From Franklin Boulevard make the first right onto Church Rd. Church Rd. will dead end at Berrymans Lane; turn left. In less than a quarter of a mile turn left onto Deer Park Rd. Soldiers Delight Visitor Center will be on your right after you pass the Soldiers Delight Overlook.

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