On June 15, 1936, Virginia became the first state to open an entire park system of six parks at once. The new parks offered modern outdoor recreational facilities and protected areas with significant natural resources. Since then, the system has grown to 36 open parks. For 80 years, the parks have provide guests the opportunity to take in some of Virginia's finest natural, cultural and scenic treasures. In March, Virginia State Parks' new geocache adventure will be launched. Its focus will be on the state park system's 80th birthday and the National Park System's centennial. Stay tuned.
Prizes for those taking part in last year's Civil War Geocache Adventure will continue be rewarded until the new game starts or supplies run out.
If you're new to geocaching, visit www.geocaching.com to learn all about it. Create a user account to keep track of the caches you find. You'll need to register on the site to claim this adventure's prizes, which start with your fifth geocaching adventure cache. Next, get a list of all park caches. Select a park to visit, download the coordinates to your GPS unit, print out any relevant hints and instructions, and you're ready to go. After your geocache hunt, return to the website to log your find.
If you don't have a GPS unit, no problem. All parks rent GPS units for a nominal fee. (Park offices and visitor centers are open on a limited basis so call ahead if you plan to rent a unit.)
Seasoned geocachers already know the drill. Here is a full list of the caches and pick the parks you plan to visit. While you are on the park's game cache site, be sure to select the "nearby caches" option to pick up a few extra finds while you are there. Log your cache visits on geocaching.com just like any other cache. Also log your finds at the Virginia State Parks Adventures page for prizes when you complete 5, 10, 20 and all parks. You can log your Trail Quest participation at the same time.