Geocaching (pronounced gee-o-cashing) is a game in which you use a GPS (global positioning system) unit to seek hidden items. Geocaching is a fun way to practice using a GPS unit. There are hidden geocaches all over the world. The GPS coordinates for their locations can be found on Web sites such as www.geocaching.com. A cache is usually a container of items and a logbook. When you find a cache, you sign the logbook. You may also take an item from the cache and leave something in exchange.
For more information about this cache, and a clue to get you started, visit www.geocaching.com.
The Virginia Department of Forestry has a geocache on the Appomattox-Buckingham State Forest, along the Covington Forest Road. The title of the cache is “Farming, Forestry, and Bygone Days”, and it is considered a multiple or series geocache. Finding the first cache will lead you to the next, until you reach the traditional item exchange cache at the end. Along the way, you will learn about the history of land use in the area, from pages you will find in the caches.
The first waypoint for “Farming, Forestry, and Bygone Days” is N 37° 24.421 W 078° 45.096
Channels State Forest
- BMT - Route 80 Parking (GC3TG6A) which is at N 36° 51.865 W 081° 56.818. It is a small metal container tied to a tree just below the parking area.
- BMT - Mile 1 (GC3TG6E) which is at N 36° 51.863 W 081° 57.594. It is a small plastic container in the center of a clump of trees across from the DCR sign, just before the 1 mile marker.
- BMT - Large Rock #1 (GC3TG6K) which is at N 36° 52.085 W 081° 58.386. It is a small plastic container at the end of a fallen tree, just to the right of the first large rock you come to at a switchback, close to 2 miles on the trail.
- An earthcache does not have a physical container, but teaches an earth science lesson. Channels Natural Area Preserve (GC3TG5Z) at N 36° 52.266 W 081° 58.766.