Permanent Orienteering Courses
also called
Trim Courses

WPOC has worked with several parks to establish permanent orienteering courses.  The purpose of a permanent orienteering course is to provide a continuous opportunity for the public to experience orienteering whenever they desire.   Although WPOC hosts about 10 orienteering events per year, these events may not fit well into everyone's schedule.  However, the permanent courses are available any day for practice with map and compass, for people to learn to orienteer for the first time, or to hone one's orienteering skills.  The following list identifies where the permanent courses are, what role WPOC played in establishing them.
 

WPOC Designed Permanent Courses on WPOC maps

Prince Gallitzin State Park, Patton, PA:  three cross-country courses; click here for  details

Stackhouse Park, Johnstown, PA:  one score course with multiple suggested routes; click here for  details

Yellow Creek State Park, Penn Run, PA:  two cross-country courses, click here for  details
 

Permanent Course on a WPOC map

Highland Regional Park, Johnstown, PA:  one score course; click here for  details
 

Permanent Courses on which WPOC consulted

Greenwood Furnace State Park, Huntington County

WPOC consulted with DCNR regarding the permanent orienteering course that was already in place at Greenwood Furnace.  The result was an improved map of the course.  You can get a map of the course at the Park Office, located along Route 305, south of State College.  You can find out more about Greenwood Furnace SPat the park's website:   Greenwood Furnace
 

Whipple Dam State Park, Huntington County

WPOC consulted with DCNR and faculty and students at Penn State who created a map of part of Whipple Dam State Park and established two orienteering courses there.  One course in intended for beginners and the other is for advanced beginners.  You can get a map of the courses at the Greenwood Furnace Park Office, located along Route 305, south of State College.  Whipple Dam SP is located off of Route 26, south of State College.  You can find out more about Whipple Dam SP at the park's website:   Whipple Dam