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Geocaching

Recreation

Go on a Treasure Hunt

Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.
Great Parks Guidelines
Interested in placing a geocache in any of the the Great Parks? Please review the full set of guidelines and policies before you apply.

Guideline Overviews
  • Must use a clear type of container (e.g., it cannot be an ammo box or resemble a pipe bomb or otherwise cause alarm to the public) and you must provide a description of the box. Clear container may not be covered with any type of camouflage tape.
  • The box must be placed on or near an authorized trail. An authorized trail is one that is maintained by Great Parks’ Trail Crew, and usually has either an asphalt, crushed gravel or wood chip base. The container cannot be placed more than 25 feet from the trail. The container cannot be placed in any unsafe areas (e.g., near a steep embankment).
  • Placement or access to the container cannot damage park property or vegetation.
  • All materials must be safe and appropriate for families and children.
  • Requesting party is responsible for checking the container contents, as well as its proper location.
  • Great Parks must be given the exact coordinates as well as a location description of each container. (Coordinates and description such as “The container is 0.5 miles into the Oakleaf Trail, under the log to the right of the trail sign that is titled “What Good is Dead Wood?”).
  • Each request will be given a permit number by Great Parks that must be visible on the outside of each container.
  • Great Parks will record the name, address, phone number and the email address of the requesting party associated with the container.
  • Annual renewal is required for all active boxes by November 30 of each year.
  • The requesting party must abide by all park district by-laws.

​​Great Parks Geocache/Letterbox Policies
Submit or Renew a Cache


If you do not receive a confirmation email within 48 hours of submitting your application, please call 513-521-7275, ext 240.
Additional Resources
To sign up and for more information and rules of geocaching, visit the official website geocaching.com.

For an introduction to geocaching, check out these Great Parks blog posts:

​Geocaching 101 
​Geocaching 101: Hunting Your First Geocache
​Geocaching 101: Geocaching Etiquette 
​Geocaching 101: Hiding a Geocache 

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