National Park Mystery Spot 33: Hitting a Quail on the Fly

Mystery spot 33 is a natural feature located in a national park. Using the clues below, identify this feature and the National Park System unit in which it is located. The first five readers to correctly identify the mystery spot will be eligible for our monthly prize drawing.

Don't let the door slam you on your ass on your way out.

The long, narrow channels that longships once plied
Are framed by cliffs that soar on each side.

If you hope to hit a quail on the fly,
You'll need steady nerves and a keen eye.

Bonus clue, no extra charge: Upon reaching the end of this engineered incline, you'll typically find a stoplight or stop sign.

No cheating! If we catch you Googling or engaged in other sneakery, we'll make you write on the whiteboard 100 times: "Unlike triskaidekaphobia, which is fear of the number 13, paraskevidekatriaphobia (aka friggatriskaidekaphobia) is a specific fear of Friday the 13th."

We'll reveal the answer and explain the clues in tomorrow's Traveler. In the meantime we'll embargo the answer and let everybody take a crack at this puzzle.


I'll through a dart....
Goodheart Lock on Chesapeake and Ohio Canal NHP?

Kudos to Lee Dalton, who is the first to nail this one.

Lee, your interpretation(s) of the bonus clue are not in the ballpark. You might want to try thinking a bit outside the box. For example, you might try considering that "this incline" might not refer to the mystery spot, nor to any physical characteristic of it. And if that still leaves you flummoxed, don't worry about it. As you've shown, one can entirely ignore the bonus clue and still solve this puzzle.

BTW, Lee, before you take me to task for bonus clue mischief, you might want to re-read the very first line of this puzzler, which specifies that: "Mystery spot 33 is a natural feature located in a national park. [Italics, boldface, and underlining added for emphasis; I have resisted the temptation to include an exclamation point.] :o) Why should you assume that "this engineered incline" refers to the mystery spot itself?

Sorry, Eric, it's not Goodheart Lock in Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park.

My first thought was Lookout Mountain and the Chickamauga-Chattanooga Nat'l Military Park. The Moccasin Bend of the Tennessee River winds at the base and the nearby incline railway creeps up the mountain's steep slopes.

I'm afraid you are wandering in the wilderness, volknitter. The mystery spot has nothing to do with Lookout Mountain and Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Military Park.

Eric Nelson has nailed it too. Good job. That makes two so far.

And Aron makes three. Good job, Aron.

The cyberhandles in the winners circle look mighty familiar. Isn't there any new blood out there? :o)

Is it Allegheny Portage Railroad ?

Sorry, Ken; the mystery spot has nothing to do with the Allegheny Portage Railroad.

Remember that the mystery spot is a natural feature in a national park. Your answer should identify the natural feature and the national park in which it is located.

Anon out west has nailed it. That makes four who have identified the mystery spot and one who has divined the meaning of the bonus clue. A decent tally. Anybody else?

I think I'm stumped. Lee, you have one up on me but I will regain my lead! lol

The Quizmeister is surprised, RangerLady. He thought you wouldn't even break a sweat on this one.

sinking ship at grand canyon npen

Let's blame the 2 hour meeting I had at work this morning. It killed my brain.

I will give you credit for a creative cyberhandle, Mizzou Bluke, but I'm afraid that "sinking ship at Grand Canyon" falls a tad short.

'Way to go, RangerLady! You're back in the race.

Ranger Lady, I doubt it. Prof. Janiskee is much too clever (or twisted, or ???) for my poor addled little brain. I just got lucky because I had been reading about this very place just yesterday.

Doh! I woulda had it (the park was easy), but then I saw Rangerlady's answer, so I'm disqualified. Still stumped by the bonus, though.
RL, in terms of fried neurons I'll trade you your 2 hour meeting for my 2 hour webinar (which, alas, was probably even worse for the audience than for me). I'm taking AL tomorrow to go see WACA over the weekend!

I was reading about it too as I just applied for a job there. Just took a long time for the light bulb to come on today.

Sorry, tomp2. We do our best to jump in there and make sure that the correct answer does not get posted in the comments, but as you have seen, we sometimes slip up. I'm impressed that you did the honorable thing and disqualified yourself. While this proves that there can be no place for you in politics, you have earned our respect and admiration. Good luck on the next puzzler.