A trend that started in the early 2000s, geocaching is still going strong thanks to a social media renaissance of sorts. Geocaching is a recreational activity that is practiced outdoors with the use of a GPS or mobile device to hide and seek containers called geocaches. Typically, a cache is a waterproof container with a small logbook. When a geocacher has found it, they are to sign it as proof that they were there and leave it in the same place it was found. This modern-day treasure hunt originated in Oregon and took off quickly with the help of the internet.
Interested in geocaching around the CSRA? Here are a few ways to get started:
Georgia State Parks GeoTour
Begin by downloading the Geocaching App on your mobile device. You can search Georgia state parks and historic site locations for hidden caches. The Georgia State Parks GeoTour has caches at 45 parks all over the state. You can download and print this passport to take on your adventures and follow the available locations with their coordinates here. There are code words in each cache container that you can record in your passport and send in for special edition geo-coins to collect!
History Trail GeoTour
19 historic sites across the state of Georgia contain caches that are both fun to find and help you learn about local history. There are clues that help you open the combination lock for each cache for a mind challenge. Find the history trail here and print out this GeoTour Time Travel Ticket to record your findings. Once you have completed your ticket, send a photo to the address listed on the bottom and you will receive a special geo-coin in the mail!
Both of these GeoTours will take you to some of Georgia’s most scenic and historic locations. Take in the rich history of these spots as well as the natural beauty you’ll cross along the way! With spots to find caches at such as Red Top Mountain, Tallulah Gorge, the Dahlonega Gold Museum and more, you’re sure to learn new things and enjoy the adventure as well as the challenge that comes with locating geocaches. Get outside and explore today!