What is geocaching?
Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunting game that uses GPS- enabled devices to navigate to a set location to find a possible cache.
What do I need?
Bring a pencil or pen (BYOP)
Wear comfortable shoes (Sometimes you will be going into the woods)
Always have a couple of toys/ gadgets to leave if you take something
GPS coordinates (provided below)
Before you start please read our rules and regulations
Do not move the cache from its original location.
Sign the log book and place log back in cache.
If you take something from the cache, leave something of equal value.
If you find that you cannot find a cache please report it to Franklin County Parks and Recreation, There is a chance that it could be misplaced or stolen.-
Please watch where you step and reach; snakes, bugs, and other hazards can be encountered while you are geocaching.
When looking for a cache, please remember that everyone’s GPS is off a little from the original coordinates meaning the cache you are looking for can be in a twenty to thirty foot radius to where your actual location is.
Do NOT leave food in a geocache. Here is a good read on what not to put in caches: http://www.podcacher.com/trade-items-no-nos/
Here is a good blog on what to put in caches:
What do the star ratings mean?
1 (star): Easy to find or solve within a few minutes. The hike is less than 0.5 mile (0.8 km) and wheelchair accessible (attribute required). Most likely paved and flat.
1.5-Easy to find or solve within 10-15 minutes. The hike is less than 0.5 mile (0.8 km). Most likely flat but may not be wheelchair accessible.
2- Relatively easy to find or solve within 30 minutes. The hike is less than 2 miles (3 km) along well-defined paths with no significant elevation change or overgrowth.
2.5-A mild challenge, but relatively easy for an experienced geocacher. Terrain may have small elevation changes or moderate overgrowth.
3-A somewhat challenging puzzle or hiding spot. The hike may be more than 2 miles (3 km) on varied terrain - too difficult to ride a bike due to elevation changes or significant overgrowth.
3.5- Quite difficult. Be prepared for a mental challenge, quite strenuous, extended hike on widely variable terrain
4-Very difficult and may take special knowledge, advanced preparation, or multiple trips, very strenuous movement that may include significant distance, overgrowth, swimming, or elevation changes.
4.5-Extremely difficult, most likely requires special knowledge or skills, extremely demanding movement over potentially hazardous terrain.
5-The most extreme mental challenge, requires specialized knowledge, skills, tools, or significant effort to find, solve, or open. Requires specialized equipment such as scuba gear, a boat, rock climbing gear, or similar.
Nano- For the very tiniest of geocaches.
Micro- Tiny containers that most likely will only hold a log sheet.
Small- Just big enough to fit a sandwich. Holds only a small logbook and small items.
Regular- Think shoe box. If you could fit a pair of shoes inside, you’re golden.
Large- Think Bigfoot’s shoe box. If he could fit his hiking boots inside.
Other: Unusual geocache containers that just don’t fit into other categories
For tips on geocaching, go to geocaching.com (Please note that Franklin County Parks and Rec geocaches are not associated with geocaching.com the official geocaching site, therefore none of our caches can be found on their location site).
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