Geocaching goes touristy

I’m not sure if I have posted about geocaching before, and I realize geocaching may be on the fringe of nature travel, but it’s great fun and a unique way to explore trails. People who are familiar with this high-tech treasure hunt done with a GPS device know the slogan “Cache in, trash out,” so good geocachers do indeed help the environment.

I just happened to come across this brochure by the Charlotte Harbor and Gulf Islands tourism development council that promotes geocaching — but not in just any old way. Tourism businesses got together to put goodies in official tourism board geocaches to get travelers out and exploring the county. I haven’t seen another tourism board do this before, so this is innovative.

Does this mean geocaching has gone mainstream?


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    Beth said,

    Here’s an example of a program financed by Polk County’s Tourism Board…I was contacted by the County to advise on the geocaching aspects, and along with my partner hid and maintain the caches. They have been very well received. Note that these are official GC-published caches, as this is a free and non-commercial program, unlike the Charlotte Harbor one.

    Prairie trek with companions
    from Fitting Out in Polk by (fitpolk)

    The fourth installment in the Trek Ten Trails hike series will take place Sunday, Jan. 13 at Crooked Lake Prairie, a Polk County Environmental Lands property near Babson Park. The hike begins at 1:30 p.m.

    The year-long program, sponsored by Friends of the Parks Foundation, aspires to generate enthusiasm among Polk residents for outdoor activity. The group selected 10 trails from the more than 125 miles of designated trails in Polk County. Those who participate during the inaugural year can qualify as charter members of the Trek Ten Trails Trail Walkers Club.

    The Crooked Lake event will include an emphasis on geocaching, a competitive pursuit in which people seek hidden treasures using global-positioning system equipment. Organizers have placed “geocaches” along each of the 10 trails. A clinic on GPS use will be held at 12:30 p.m., prior to the hike, by members of the Florida Geocaching Association.

    You’ll find more details about the hike and the series at the Friends’ Web site:

  2. 2

    Rakethetable said,

    Check out the tourism site for Columbus, GA.

    The Director is a big geocacher.

    “Enjoy the world”

  3. 3

    […] to a blog post from Eco Florida regarding tourism sites promoting Geocaching in their local area we were able to add a new […]

  4. 4

    Thanks for the post! It led us to find several tourism sites promoting their area. We found a few and added a new ‘Tourism’ catagory to our Geocaching Resource Directory!

    As for going ‘mainstream’, at least in this instance, we don’t feel it is a bad thing. Quite the opposite. We enjoy both travel and Geocaching so the addition of this information to a tourism site just makes our life a bit easier. 🙂

    All the best!

  5. 5

    Don said,

    Check out the link to another example of this…

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