Lace up your walking shoes and grab your friends – it's time to go on a treasure hunt in Dutch County! Our real estate agents invite you to join thousands of people across the world in a modern-day global scavenger hunt known as geocaching. International Geocaching Day is on Saturday, August 15th, and now is the perfect time to discover this exciting game that's fun for all ages.
Geocaching is unlike any scavenger hunt you've ever played before. Instead of using a typical treasure map, this game is played digitally. Although anyone can geocache, becoming an official geocacher allows you to see where geocaches are approximately located around the world. Signing up is free, and once you've become a member, you'll be able to hunt for geocaches around Dutch Country.
Every geocache that's been hidden is marked online via GPS coordinates. The individual that hid the geocache will usually include a clue with the coordinates to help specify where exactly the geocache might be. For instance, the GPS coordinates may point to a specific park and the clue might suggest checking near the playground.
Geocaches can be of any size or shape but are usually tucked away in small capsules the size of coffee cans. Each capsule may feature a logbook where you can record your name and date, as well as small tokens. If you would like to keep a token, you must replace it with another one of equal or lesser value.
To get you started, here are a few great trails and parks around Dutch Country where you can enjoy the outdoors and hunt for the coolest geocaches in the area.
- Northwest Corridor Linear Park – W. Lemon St., Lancaster, PA 17603
If you're interested in wading into geocaching slowly and steadily, Northwest Corridor Linear Park is a great place to begin. The trail within the park is only one-quarter of a mile which runs between Lemon Street and Harrisburg Avenue. Great for walking or talking a small bike ride with young ones, Northwest Corridor Linear Park is lovely neighborhood greenspace tucked between Lancaster homes for sale.
- Conewago Recreation Trail – 2385 N. Market St., Elizabethtown, PA 17022
For decades, the Conewago Recreation Trail has been a popular spot for hiking, horseback riding, and now geocaching. Stretching five miles from Elizabethtown homes for sale around Route 230, this level-surfaced trail has a handful of fun geocaches to find while you view the serene scenery of the neighboring farmlands and woodlands.
- Heritage Rail Trail County Park – 2433 Seven Valleys Rd., Seven Valleys, PA 17360
As one of the many spectacular rail trails in Dutch Country, the Heritage Rail Trail County Park offers 176-acres of trail space leading to the recently renovated Hanover Junction Train Station. Not far from Seven Valleys homes for sale, geocaching the Heritage Rage Trail is ideal for those who want to enjoy a longer hike and wave to the Northern Central Railway excursion train as it passes by.
- Chickies Rock Park - 880 Chickies Hill Rd., Columbia, PA 17512
Chickies Rock County Park contains a portion of the Northwest Lancaster County River Trail, which in-total is a 14-mile multi-use trail along the Susquehanna River. With plenty of vistas offering great views (and not to mention plenty of geocaches), Chickies Rock Park is a fantastic place to hike after touring Columbia homes for sale.
- LeTort Spring Run and Nature Trail – 260 East Pomfret St., Carlisle, PA 17013
LeTort Spring Run and Nature Trail is another shorter trail perfect for a quick round of geocaching before or after your Carlisle homes for sale showings. Easy to access from multiple points around the Carlisle area and including an ADA-accessible trail, this is a wonderful geocaching spot for families of all ages.
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