Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Geocaching Trail to Open Near Blue Ridge Parkway

This June 5th is National Trail Day and marks the debut of the Gems of Rockbridge County Geocache Trail in Virginia. The Trail has been developed by the organizations Rockbridge Area Tourism, Rockbridge County, and Celebrate Buena Vista. A grant was awarded for this partnership to develop a geocaching experience which ties into The Blue Ridge Parkway's 75th Anniversary Celebration.

Geocaching is a growing recreational activity throughout the United States. Participants can obtain the geographic coordinates of caches hidden by others and then use handheld Global Positioning System (GPS) units to find them. It is similar to a high tech scavenger or treasure hunt. Caches can consist of secreted containers with small items that can be taken as souvenirs and or the chance to leave a token behind. Virtual caches can lead the hunter to the answer of a puzzle or riddle. Many Geocache enthusiasts then share their finds on the web site;

The Gems of Rockbridge County Geocache Trail showcases the county and communities adjacent to The Blue Ridge Parkway and their cultural and natural relationships.

This Trail fills a niche of interest that cannot be satisfied on The Blue Ridge Parkway since geocaching is prohibited in National Park Service Areas. This fun activity is enjoyed by individuals and families. There will be 10-12 caches secreted in the Rockbridge County area. Participants can pick up a passport with information that will lead them through the trail at the Buena Vista and Lexington Visitor Centers in Virginia. The first two hundred people to locate all the caches will receive a commemorative coin.

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