More than 150 people take part in Thames River Quest

Quest participants at Fort Griswold.
Quest participants at Fort Griswold. Marian Galbraith / Thames River Heritage Park

The Thames River Quest, three treasure hunt-style hikes sponsored by Connecticut Sea Grant, the Thames River Heritage Park and The Day, drew 151 participants from towns throughout southeastern Connecticut and beyond on June 2.

The first-time event incorporated lessons about local history and ecology into guided routes through Fort Trumbull State Park and the downtown waterfront park in New London, as well as Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park in Groton. Participants found clues along the way to solve a word puzzle that led to a treasure. Those who did the Quests between 10 a.m. and noon that day could ride the heritage park water taxi between the three sites for free. The event, which took place on Connecticut Trails Day, attracted many families with children, as well as adult groups.

Those unable to take part in the Quests on June 2 can find PDFs of the Quest routes on the heritage park website,, to do the self-guided routes at their leisure.