Spring fever is officially here. Between glimpses of warm, sunny weather intertwined with moody, cooler days, most of us are itching to get back outdoors in some way or another. After the winter weather has kept us all inside more than we like, it is time to get outside again. And Belmont County offers an activity that will do just that… geocaching!
What is Geocaching? It is an outdoor scavenger hunt using GPS-enabled devices to locate hidden treasures in plain sight. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache hidden at that location. Geocaching is fun for everyone: families, retirees, sightseers, outdoor adventurers, tech-lovers, and explorers. You never know what you might discover, right here in friendly, beautiful, Belmont County.
Adventures await. From longhorn cattle to unique rock formations, from beautiful parks to historic scenery, geocache containers can be hidden anywhere, and will have you exploring surroundings of our county that you might have never experienced before. The Belmont County Explore More GeoTour (BCGT) has a total of 35 geocaches just waiting for you to find.
Want to play? The first thing to do is visit www.geocaching.com or download the official Geocaching app and register for a free account to search for active caches near you. Search by “GeoTour” and enter “GT496” to see all 35 geocaches hidden as part of the Belmont County Explore More GeoTour. Once you have decided which cache you want to find first, download the cache’s coordinates to your GPS or mobile device and navigate to the hidden treasure.
A typical cache is a small waterproof container containing a logbook and a pen or pencil. When you have found the cache, add your name in the logbook inside and copy the unique code. After signing the log, the cache must be placed back exactly where you found it.
If you find 30 of the 35 BCGT caches and submit the cache codes to Belmont County Tourism, you will be rewarded with a collectable Belmont County geocaching coin.
Now is the time to embrace the change of the seasons and to start exploring right here in our own backyard in friendly, beautiful, Belmont County. So, get outside, have some fun and happy hunting! Seek, search, and explore Belmont County while participating in the Explore More GeoTour.
To find out more about the Belmont County Explore More GeoTour and all upcoming events happening in Belmont County, go to our website at visitbelmontcounty.com.