Letterboxing is an active way to have fun outside for all ages. Enjoy the beauty of nature while taking on an awesome treasure hunt! Two Cadette Girl Scouts have hidden 17 letterboxes on 4 of Middleton’s scenic nature trails.
How many can YOU find? Come take a hike, enjoy the scenery, and have some fun following our clues while exploring Middleton’s wonderful trails! Each hike is different, ranging from less than half a mile to 3.5 miles. We challenge you to find all 17 of our letterboxes!
To letterbox, follow the clues and look for our purple and clear plastic containers, which are called letterboxes. In each letterbox, you will find a stamp, an ink pad, a pen, and notebook. Bring your own stamp and notebook. Letterboxes can be found by following the clues provided on the links below. They are hidden in spaces like under rocks or logs or in trees. They can be hidden with rocks, sticks, bark,etc. You will need to search for them and uncover them. When you find a letterbox, stamp your stamp into the letterbox’s notebook and write your name and the date. Stamp the stamp provided in the letterbox into your personal notebook. Collect all the stamps you can from other letterboxes in your own personal letterboxing notebook! Always remember to re-hide the letterboxes exactly as you found them so they are ready for the next person to find. Safety tips: Hike with a buddy, bring water and a snack, use insect repellent, and always check for ticks! Good luck and have fun!
Letterboxing is like a treasure hunt in nature.
Links for clues and location/directions:
Reservoir Trail Series (6) Box #267793
Reservoir Trail Series (3 miles) (6 boxes): This hike is the most scenic. It is along the Middleton Reservoir and has much wildlife. There is an area with many herons and nests. Also, if you bring a strainer on this hike, you can catch waterlife in vernal pools! The six stamps in the letterboxes on this hike are all letters, and spell out a secret word at the end of the hike.
Cudhea Crick Loop Series (3) Box #267796
Cudhea Crick Loop (1.6 miles) (3 boxes): This wooded trail is beautiful as it goes over Boston Brook and starts near Prichards Pond. It is a bit of a rougher hike than the other and can be seasonably wet, but is very rewarding. It is near Boy Scout Bridge Trail.
Boyscout Bridge Trail Series (3) Box #267797
Boy Scout Bridge Trail (.4 miles) (3 boxes): This is a short hike that goes over Boston Brooke full of adventure. This hike is perfect for younger children as it is only .4 miles and has clues and excitement every step of the way. It is near Cudhea Crick Loop.
Bald Hill Pirate Series (3.5 mi roundtrip) (5) Box #267864
Bald Head Pirate Series (3.5 miles) (5 boxes): In this series of letterboxes, the clues are written with a pirate theme and you are sent on a mission. There are ancient graveyards, an old rusty car, remnants of a burned down house, and the peak of Bald Hill on this hike. The stamps are hand carved with a pirate theme.
All clues can also be found on www.atlasquest.com by doing a letterbox search either by location (Middleton) or by specific box number or names. You can also download the mobile app BoxFinder.