A Beginner’s Guide to Geocaching in Georgia

Geocaching in Georgia via Field Trips with Sue

Beginners Guide to Geocaching GeorgiaBy Sue Rodman
Solve the puzzle to unlock the treasure. Use what you find to search for more. Unlock three boxes to move on to the next level.

That may sound like the instructions for a popular video game, but although this game requires high tech devices like a smartphone or GPS system, Geocaching in Georgia is more about exploring the real world around you than a virtual realm. Some people call it a high tech treasure or Easter Egg hunt.

Geocaching in Georgia is a great inexpensive way to get outdoors and explore – both in your own backyard, or while on vacation. There are close to two million active caches in the world and chances are several near your home or favorite vacation spot. Caches can be in the middle of the woods, or the middle of a busy city block and can be anything from an easily spied green ammo box to a container that looks remarkably like chewed gum (check out all the different types of caches at Space Coast GeoCaching). Every cache has a logbook, but other than that, it can contain any number of items to be traded or collected.

Getting Started: Geocaching 101
I could write several blog posts about how to get started in Geocaching in Georgia, but my friends Josh and Liz from Peanuts or Pretzels have already done it much better than I could, so make sure to check out their Geocaching 101 Guide. It has all the details to get you started.

Geocaching in Georgia via Field Trips with Sue
Ga. State Parks has great swag for Geocachers. Collect stamps at each State Park and trade them in for these collectible coins.

Geocaching Swag
I’ll let Josh and Liz give you the nitty-gritty on process, we’ll move on here to something more fun, swag.

Common Swag: Geocache logbooks are always fun to read. I love to see where folks are from, but kids love getting something a little more. The person or organization that creates the cache usually seed it with small items or nick-nacks. Those who find the cache are welcome to trade an item of equal value for an item in the cache. So make sure when you Geocache to bring something cool to trade.

Ultra Cool Swag: The Georgia State Parks has an incredible Geocaching Program in Georgia. The GeoCoins and History Trail GeoTour take the common swag caches to a new level by offering collectibles for those who solve multiple caches.

Georgia State Park Geo Coins: Every state park has a cache. Visit them all and have your Geo-Tour passport stamped with the letter stamps you find in the caches. Trade them in for impressive collectable Geo Coins.  15 completed caches gets a bronze coin. 30 a silver. 40 a gold.

History Trail Geo Tour: 14 State Historic Sites have special caches that make up the History Trail GeoChallenge. Answer questions related to each site. Solve a padlock code and open the cache. Inside each cache are collector cards. Collect the cards and trade them in for collectible pathtags (penny sized coins that can be worn on a chain). If you like the idea of taking a GeoTour, the city of Blackshear in Southeast Georgia has their very own GeoTour.

Grab the Extension Pack
As with any popular videogame, there are always extensions. Geocaching in Georgia is no different. Here’s how to trick out your cache.

Geocaching in Georgia via Field Trips with Sue
Travel Bugs and Travel Fleas are a great way to extend the excitement of Geocaching.

Trackables: Trackables are a special type of object found within geocaches that contain a unique tracking code.
Travel Bugs: Travel Bugs are a type of trackable, similar to a dog tag and attached to objects. When you find one, go online and see where it’s been, and track where it’s going. It’s like a hitchhiker taking a ride with you to your next cache.
Travel FleasTravel Fleas attach to the Travel Bugs and are personalized – It’s like leaving your business card to go along for the ride.

Other great places to Geocache: Clayton County, Jekyll Island, or The Town of Blackshear , Ga. Know of another great Geocache program in Georgia, tell us about it in the comments.

If all of this is just too much, try other ways to explore like the very low tech ClueTown Books or apps like Strayboots City Tours and History Heroes, a kid-friendly video game for touring historic landmarks. Here’s a great review of History Heroes from from Tough Cookie Mommy.

About Sue Rodman 174 Articles
Sue Rodman is the mom of 3 boys and publishes Field Trips with Sue, an award winning family travel blog about the Southeast and fun places to visit from the Southeast, covering outings, day trips, weekend getaways and family vacations. Field Trips with Sue is a Nickelodeon Parent’s Pick Winner, a Red Tricycle Best Family Travel Blog and a Parents.com best blog nominee. Sue has been interviewed on Family Travel in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, The Northside Neighbor, Publix Magazine, and on all three major networks. For four years, Sue produced a Field Trips with Sue travel segment for CBS Better Mornings Atlanta, and has filled in for the host of WXIA Friday Freebies. Sue offers inside information about must-see Atlanta attractions and more in her popular book “100+ Free Things to do in Atlanta.”

4 Comments on A Beginner’s Guide to Geocaching in Georgia

  1. Awesome write up Sue & thanks for including us! There is so much fun to be had with geocaching, especially for families or for “adventurers” like us.

    We look forward to watching the segment tomorrow morning & hope we can team up for the event in Marrietta!

    Happy caching!
    Liz & Josh

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