Charlotte's Quest Nature Center is surrounded by the serenity of wilderness with more than 60 acres of explorable nature feature trails, a natural spring, a pond, and pine and hardwood forests.

Charlotte’s Quest is located in Manchester, Maryland, just minutes from Main Street and adjacent to Manchester Elementary School. Within Pine Valley Park, our nature center is surrounded by the serenity of wilderness. More than 60 acres of explorable nature feature trails, a natural spring, a pond, and pine and hardwood forests. 

Pine Valley Park is open to the public daily, dawn to dusk. Park facilities including pavilions are available for public use on a first come, first served basis except for areas that have been previously reserved.

Charlotte’s Quest regularly hosts large groups of students. While the park IS open to the public while these educational programs are in progress, if your visit coincides with a group visit, we ask that you respectfully share the space. All group reservations are listed for your reference on our calendar, in case you wish to avoid the groups. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Good to know before you go.

Our address is 3400 Wilhelm Lane, Manchester MD 21102. When you turn onto Wilhelm Lane, keep driving past a group of residential homes on either side of the lane until you see the sign for Charlotte’s Quest.
If you know the area, you’re welcome to come into our park via the lower entrance near the pond, off Walnut Lane.

If the gate is closed, park outside the gate and walk in.
The Nature Center (interpretive building and gate) is open for scheduled programs and events only, but the park is open dawn to dusk – even if the gate is closed.​

The park is open to the public seven days a week, dawn to dusk.
The Nature Center (interpretive building) is open for scheduled programs and events only.​

Yes! Leashed dogs are welcome. Please properly dispose of any pet waste.

Yes! Portable Pottys are available for public use.

No. Please bring enough water for everyone in your group, as we do not have a public water source. 

It depends of what you plan to do. The area around the nature center, meadow and pond are stroller-friendly. If you plan to navigate the hiking trails, we recommend a wearable carrier if your child is unable to walk on their own. 

It is the mission of
Manchester Parks Foundation 
to be stewards of the environment
by protecting the watershed area
and natural resources.

We are happy to share our park with you.
Please be respectful.

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