TDC discusses adding geocaching to county activities

Published: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at 03:37 PM.

CHIPLEY — Described as “hide and seek for adults,” geocaching might be an activity that could bring more visitors to Washington County.

Tourism Development Council member Scott Sweeney introduced the sport of geocaching to the rest of the TDC members during the council’s March 25 meeting at the Washington County Chamber of Commerce in Chipley.

“I was looking for ways to bring people into the area that don’t cost an arm and a leg to do,” Sweeney said. As the Park Manager of Falling Waters State Park, Sweeney is familiar with geocaching — the state park already has three geocaching sites located within its boundaries.

Sweeney said last week there was a family from Indiana geocaching at Falling Waters State Park. In fact, the waterfall at the park is featured on the website,, Sweeney added.

Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices, according to the website, Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find a hidden container called a “geocache” at that location.

Once the geocache is found, the seeker signs a logbook showing that the site was located. The containers also sometimes contain prizes, but geocachers are asked to replace what they take with a similarly suitable prize.

The geocaching website suggests travel and tourism professionals create a GeoTour of their region.

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