Johnston County adds geocaching trail

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SMITHFIELD— The geocaching trail in Johnston County that opened in April, the Johnston County Heritage GeoTrail, has 50 caches hidden throughout the county and creates a thematic trail that includes some of Johnston County’s most popular tourism stops.

Apart from the strategically placed official geocaches along the Johnston County Heritage GeoTrail there are also over 2,000 caches located around JoCo, hidden by other participants in the hobby.

The Johnston County Heritage GeoTrail was organized and is managed by the Johnston County Visitors Bureau in partnership with local, avid geocache hobbyist.

“The trail is already serving its purpose,” said Ashby Brame, marketing and PR manager for the Johnston County Visitors Bureau, “which is to assist visitors and locals in exploring and discovering Johnston County in a fun way. We held a trail kick-off event on Saturday the 29th of April and over 50 people showed up to geocache. We hope that participants continue to have an exciting and safe experience with this activity.”

If you like exploring the great outdoors, visiting interesting places, and scavenger hunts then you’re going to love geocaching. For those who don’t know what this popular hobby is, geocaching is a family-friendly activity for people of all ages where participants find hidden containers using GPS coordinates.

These containers or “caches” can be hidden anywhere and in fact millions of them exist world-wide. You can find caches at attractions, restaurants, businesses, parks, monuments, downtown areas, and more. Many geocaching participants use a handheld GPS device or a mobile phone. Once the container is discovered a log book located inside is signed by the finders of that particular cache – almost like a guest book. The container can also include items placed there by other participants for gift or trade to other participants.

The coordinates will lead you to within about a 25-foot radius of a cache and then you will have to start searching. The container is never buried but may be hidden in, on, under, or on top of something. The look and size of a container can vary and could also be camouflaged or hidden somehow by leaves, bark, or other materials.

For more information on the trail, visit www.johnstoncountync.org/joco-geocaching-trail.