Geocaching at Georgia State Parks

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Geocaching is a popular world wide, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Geocachers are all ages and skill levels. 

Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the cache hidden at that location.

The cache or geocache will be in some sort of container. Many will have a variety of trinkets. You are allowed to take a trinket only if you leave one to replace it. There should also be a log book inside the container for tracking Geocachers and when the cache was found.

Ga State Parks cache box and couple in background

What is Geocaching and How To Do It Yourself

 

Georgia’s State Parks and State Historic Sites have offered the game since 2010, with more than 35,000 documented “finds” by players. Caches at historic sites require players to answer questions about Georgia history before they can unlock the box, making them a fun educational tool, great for home schoolers.

New Geocaching Game Celebrates Georgia State Park System’s 85th Anniversary

Treasure-hunt fans have a new quest that takes them from Georgia’s mountains to marshes. To celebrate its 85th anniversary this year, Georgia’s State Park system is kicking off a new game called Birthday Bash Geocache. You will be exploring some of Georgia’s most scenic locations.

Park officials teamed up with Georgia Geo-Campers volunteers to create the quest which includes trackable “geocoin” prizes. Only 1,000 of the limited-edition coins were ordered, so once they’re all claimed, the Birthday Bash Geocache ends. Participants can download a free game board from GeorgiaStateParks.org/85. They then must find caches at a minimum of eight participating parks, stamping their game board at each one. They also must spend at least one night in a Georgia State Park campsite, yurt or cabin  or attend a Georgia Geo-Camper event during 2016.

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Birthday Bash Geocache participating parks include Cloudland Canyon in northwest Georgia, Don Carter on Lake Lanier, Elijah Clark north of Augusta, F.D. Roosevelt in Pine Mountain, Fort McAllister south of Savannah, Fort Yargo in Winder, General Coffee in Douglas, High Falls north of Macon, Magnolia Springs in Millen, Providence Canyon in southwest Georgia, Red Top Mountain on Lake Allatoona and Seminole on Lake Seminole.

To learn more, about the Georgia State Park geocaching program, visit GeorgiaStateParks.org/Geocaching and to find GeoCamper events, visit Facebook.com/GeorgiaGeoCampers.

Geocaching at Georgia State Parks

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  1. Geocaching seems like a great way to transform a hike out in the woods into an exciting puzzle to solve. I’ve been wanting to geocache with my kids but hate to admit we haven’t gone out and done it yet.

  2. This sounds like such amazing fun! I’ve heard a lot about geocaching before but never really got a full explanation…until now. I would love to do this with my Kiddies someday.

  3. OMG I actually heard of this 5 years ago BUT totally forgot about it! This is such a wonderful activity and thanks for reminding me. This is something both me and my partner would love to do 😀

  4. Sounds so techie and cool! I am quite surprised that we also have Geocaching in the Philippines. It’s the first time I’ve heard of it. I think this is a great adventure activity to do with team mates, friendly, and family.

  5. OMG my kids would all love this. I have two very active boys. I am always looking for things to do with my boys that keep them entertained. They are very technological so this would really make them excited. Can’t wait to try it!

  6. I must admit that I have never really heard about geocaching before, but now that I think about it, I think I have seen evidence of it while going on nature walks with my kids. Since my boys are all about technology and maps, especially weather radar, this seems like something that they would love. Thanks for putting it on my radar.

  7. I have friends who have gone geocaching and love it! I think my husband would love it, with being a park ranger he is always hiking and exploring parks. He would love to visit Georgia’s parks, we plan most our trips around parks around the country he wants to visit.

    1. I would think a hiker would enjoy Geocaching. My son-in-law is a hiker and he loves it. Hope you guys make it down south to Georgia before the humidity gets the best of us.

    1. Kristy, I’m sure your state parks do too. I would encourage you to head over to the geocaching.com site and register. You’ll immediately be able to find caches in your area. It’s free outdoor fun!

  8. I had not heard this term before. It looks like a wonderful thing to do with kids to teach them ways to explore. Thanks for sharing this. It looks as though you are having a great time.

  9. I’ve heard about geocaching, too, but I’ve never done it. I am not what you would call “outdoorsy”! Still, this would make running around the woods a lot more fun- like a treasure hunt.

    1. Katie, I would encourage you to sign up free at the site and you’ll be able to see how many ‘caches’ are close to you. I found a bunch within 3 miles of our home!

  10. I’ve heard about geocaching, but I’ve never done it. Looks like so much fun and a great way to learn and explore my beloved Georgia.

    1. Alli you can Geocache with your precious grandsons right there in S.C. too, after the wedding of course. I know you are quite busy right now with the wedding.

    1. Thank you for stopping by from the Over The Moon party 😉 Geocaching is worldwide which is one of the things which makes it so cool, especially if you’re competitive.

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