The 2023 Heritage Geocache Challenge begins Sunday, May 7 at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area!
The 2023 Communities Between the Rivers Heritage Challenge Coin
The annual Heritage Geocache Challenge is put on by the Heritage Program at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area as part of our outreach to the public, to get people to explore their forest and their history, and to share the unique heritage of the families from Between the Rivers.
About the Geocaches
This is the eighth year of the Heritage Geocache Challenge at the Land Between the Lakes and, like in previous years, we like people to learn about the histories and events that took place between the rivers. In each watertight box is a laminated and folded card with information about sites near where you are visiting. Take a moment to look this card over and you might see a historical photo and learn about the people who once lived in this wonderful place we now call the Land Between the Lakes! The geocaches might not always be located at the precise location discussed on the cards, so explore the area and see what you can find.
For the “Land Between the Lakes 2023 Heritage Geocache Challenge: Communities Between the Rivers”, there are 6 geocaches placed across Land Between the Lakes related to historical communities. If you locate each geocache, and collect a numbered aluminum tree tag from each cache, you can turn them in at the Golden Pond Visitor Center for one of 200 Challenge Coins created for this event.
Respect the Resource
We ask that you respect the cultural and environmental resources that belong to us all on the National Recreation Area. Each and every one of us are stewards of the land. If you pack it in, please pack it out and feel free to remove any modern trash that might have been accidentally dropped by fellow hikers or geocachers. But don’t remove or disturb cultural items that might have been there for decades as these offer us clues to the way people lived and used the landscape in the past.
Links and Resources: Here’s How You Can Get Started!
If you’re interested in participating in the 2023 Heritage Geocache Challenge, visit www.geocaching.com and find “LBL Heritage” after registering (if you haven’t already).
There are 6 geocache locations focusing on different historic communities between the rivers. Links to each of this year’s individual geocaches are posted below. You must be logged in to geocaching.com for these links to work:
The Golden Pond Community – GCA84OO
The Model Community – GCA83ZJ
The Blue Spring Community – GCA83YT
The Energy Community – GCA83GR
The Birmingham Community – GCA84OC
The Montt / Woodson Chapel Community – GCA83HW