If you’ve never done a Geocache and would like a fun reason to hike outside on the Land Between the Lakes, here’s your chance to do that and earn a really cool, solid bronze, challenge coin!
If you’ve never done a Geocache and would like a fun reason to hike outside on the Land Between the Lakes, here’s your chance to do that and earn a really cool, solid bronze, challenge coin! There are only 25 of these limited coins left as only 200 were minted!
The rules are simple: find the six geocache locations, take out one metal tree tag from each, return the six metal tree tags from each box at one time to the Golden Pond Visitor’s Center on the Land Between the Lakes (where Highway 68/80 and the Trace meet). In exchange, you’ll receive one of the 45 remaining Challenge Coins (as of June 20th).
The first step to finding these boxes is to sign up on Geocache.com and download the app from the Google Play Store or the Apple Store. After registering in the app, search for “LBL Heritage” and you’ll be given the chance to navigate to the six locations. Two are in each of our three counties: Lyon, Trigg, and Stewart.
Each location is related to Land Between the Lakes history and in the box is a laminated sheet that describes the heritage and history of each location. You might also find some small items or trinkets in each box in addition to the metal tree tags. The etiquette among geocachers is this: if you take something leave something! What a great way to earn a keepsake of a particularly memorable hike or activity! Most geocachers come prepared with small items like tiny toys, tokens, stickers, or handmade items for trade in case they come across an item they like!
- If you pack it in, pack it out!
- Don’t pet the wildlife!
- Drink water.
- Hike with a buddy or at least tell someone where you are.
- Consider tick spray.
- Have fun!
Short disclaimer: The Geocache application lists all six of our caches as “easy” in terms of difficulty. This is because if we listed their true difficulty they would only show up as “Premium” content to the users of the Geocache application and we want everyone to be able to find them.
The rough breakdown for difficulty is this:
- 1 is fairly easy (Blue Spring)
- 3 are moderate due to mostly to slope but one has a creek crossing if you take the short route (Energy, Golden Pond, Model)
- 2 are difficult due to distance (Montt, Birmingham)