The Find Your Chesapeake GeoTour®
The Find Your ChesapeakeGeo Tour® is the combined effort of the National Park Service,
Chesapeake Conservancy, and volunteers with the Maryland Geocaching Society and the
Northern Virginia Geocaching Organization. The trail has over 60 cache locations on eight
Chesapeake rivers in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Virginia. The “FYC” will be the
third such collaboration, building on the success of geotrails along the Star-Spangled Banner and
the Captain John Smith Chesapeake national historic trails.
A collectible, highly coveted, challenge coin, known as a “geocoin”, will be awarded to the first
350 geocachers to locate at least 20 geocaches, record the secret code in the official passport, and
log their finds onwww.geocaching.com. After discovering the 20 required caches, geocachers
may have their passports validated via mail at the National Park Service Chesapeake Bay Office,
and – for the lucky 350 – a beautiful two-inch metal coin will be returned in the mail. The
geocoins are engraved with a trackable number that geocachers use to “follow” the coin or
“discover” a coin held by others.
Are you ready for an Adventure? Want to travel along the same rivers that Captain John Smith explored in the 17th century? Then explore the John Smith Chesapeake Geotrail!
Your first question is probably “What’s geocaching?” A geocache (pronounced “geo-cash”) is a hidden treasure that one locates by using a GPS device. Geocaching is for adventure seekers all around the world who want to get outside and play. A geotrail, like the Captain John Smith geotrail, is a series of geocaches linked by a common theme or topic.
Launched in June of 2011, the John Smith Chesapeake Geotrail was designed and created by volunteer geocachers from the Maryland Geocaching Society. Working with the Chesapeake Conservancy and the National Park Service, they placed geocaches at more than 40 sites along five rivers representing particular stories or scenes from John Smith’s adventures on the Bay.
In spring of 2012, the geotrail was expanded through a lower Eastern Shore section which included 11 new caches. These new caches are located from Pocomoke, MD in the North to Cape Charles, VA at the Southern tip of the peninsula. There are now 59 caches to be found!
Your next question should be “How do I get started?” You can download a Geotrail Passport here and become one of almost 5,000 people taking part in this adventure. Families or individuals that locate over 15 caches are awarded a John Smith Chesapeake Geocoin! A full list of sites and their cache coordinates can be found here.
The John Smith Chesapeake Geotrail is sponsored by the National Park Service and its Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network, the Chesapeake Conservancy, Maryland Geocaching Society, and Groundspeak, the national organization supporting the geocaching community world-wide.
The National Park Service (NPS) and the Maryland Geocaching Society (MGS) announce a six-week collaboration designed to introduce geocaching participants to national parks and public lands in Maryland.
For 2016, the Maryland Geocaching Society chose to celebrate the National Park Service Centennial with a literal interpretation of the National Park Foundation’s “Find Your Park” campaign.
Participating locations include:
• Assateague Island National Seashore
• Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument, hosted by Blackwater
National Wildlife Refuge
• Catoctin Mountain Park
• Monocacy National Battlefield
• Hampton National Historic Site
• Greenbelt Park
• Piscataway Park
• Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park – two locations
• Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, hosted by Great Allegheny Passage