Asbury Woods has a compass course hidden throughout the trails that is fun for the whole family to explore. We've provided instruction about how to use a compass as well as directions for each course. Don't have a compass? No problem! There are many free compass apps that can be downloaded to a phone or tablet. A compass app is an easy option for navigating the course. Simply turn your body until the desired heading appears on the screen of your device.
A compass is a tool used for navigation. Inside of the compass there is a two-ended magnet. The red end always points magnetic north, and the black end always points magnetic south. There are a possible 360 different directions that a compass can help you to travel. Learn about the parts of a compass then follow the steps below to make your compass course experience a success.
Ex: Walk 20 paces at 200 degrees (# degrees)
Enter the boardwalk trail and follow the boardwalk around to the ramp that connects to the Nuthatch Trail. Follow the Nuthatch trail until it intersects with the Eagle Trail. There is a small grassy clearing in the in the center of the trails where many of the compass course instructions begin. Check the instructions for further directions as to exactly where to start. The trails on the map outlined in blue are part of the compass course.
Download the directions for the different compass courses from this page to your phone or print them out to use along the trails. Each course will help you to navigate different ways around the compass course trails. The course directions will include different course markers that you’ll need to look for.
Compass Post – Each direction on the instructions will lead you to a compass post. Check to see if you made it to the right spot by looking for your course color on the side of the post. Be sure to check the right side! We have Course 1 colors AND Course 2 colors on each post. The number following the team color is the order in which you are supposed to find the posts. (Ex: Red Team #6 means this was the 6th post to find on their instructions page)
Note the red painted top of this post.
Note the green painted top of this post.
Directional Signposts are tall and numbered in the dark circle on the sign. This is directional sign post number 8. Some compass courses begin at these posts and some of the directions may help you navigate to directional sign posts.