As part of this year’s 75th anniversary of the Arkansas State Park system, special geocaches have been placed in all 52 state parks. The new program is called ParkCache and features special geocaches. Each ParkCache includes a clue that when combined with clues from all 52 caches will give geocachers the GPS coordinates to a final ParkCache. Joe Jacobs reported that to date there have been 635 finds of the ParkCaches since the program began six weeks ago. Five people have gone to all 52 parks and four of those have found the 53rd cache. For more information, contact Joe Jacobs at 501-682-6923.
http://arkgeocaching.org/ Local organizations and people who do geocaching in Arkansas.
Arkansas Geocaching http://www.arkansas.com/geocache/
Geocaching is a fast-growing hobby with enthusiasts around the globe. It combines technology with nature to produce an exciting new form of entertainment for those who like to be adventurous in their leisure time. In this modern-day treasure hunt, caches are hidden all over the world by individuals or groups. The location of each geocache is marked with Global Positioning System (GPS) coordinates which are shared via the Internet. Enthusiasts use a hand-held GPS unit to hunt for the caches. Each hunt and the terrain around it vary in difficulty. Some caches contain only log books in small tins or film canisters, while others hold mini treasures inside containers such as ammo boxes. Standard geocaching protocol is to take something if you leave something.
The rewards for finding the geocache are much more than the material goods found inside. There’s the satisfaction of an accomplished quest as well as the joy of experiencing the locale.
Test your cache-seeking skills in some of The Natural State’s scenic and historic settings. Arkansas State Parks are treasures all their own, where visitors can discover waterfalls, caves, wildlife, diamonds and trails amid diverse terrain and picturesque landscapes. Caches can also be found at some Arkansas wineries, in the middle of downtown areas or other public venues.
In honor of the 70th anniversary of the National Great River Road, a series of geocaches were placed in the 10 counties in Arkansas that border the historic byway. The special caches are located at historic locations in Lake Village, Arkansas City, Jerome, St. Charles, Helena-West Helena, Brinkley, Marianna, Forrest City, Horseshoe Lake and Wilson.
For coordinates and geocaching details, go to www.geocaching.com. This official Web site provides information on caches in Arkansas and around the world. They list over 153 caches in the 72642 Lakeview AR area.
AR (BULL SHOALS – 72619) has 378 caches listed.
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission lists caches on its Web site (www.agfc.com) – leading enthusiasts to its nature trails and hatcheries.
More than 4,800 geocaches are hidden in Arkansas. So, grab your GPS and discover some of the wonders of The Natural State. But, be warned, Arkansas geocaching is addictive.