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Geocaching in and around Roanoke

Geocaching is an outdoor activity in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers (called “geocaches” or “caches”) anywhere in the world. A typical cache is a small waterproof container (usually a tupperware or ammo box) containing a logbook. Larger containers can also contain items for trading, usually toys or trinkets of little value. Geocaching is most often described as a “game of high-tech hide and seek”, sharing many aspects with orienteering, treasure-hunting, and waymarking.

First you will need either a GPS receiver or ability to turn your cell phone into a GPS receiver.  Many local outdoor stores sell GPS receivers and there are applications you can download directly to your cell phone such as the Geocaching App.  All the applications will show GPS coordinates. is the most popular site for finding caches that are already hidden in your area. A quick search for Roanoke yields over 350 caches, many of which are surprisingly hidden in downtown Roanoke, but the majority of which are spread throughout the region. Clicking on the map will redirect you to the interactive map on - here you can access details about the hundreds of caches in the Roanoke Region. Simply navigate the map to the area you wish to explore, select the caches that interest you, print them out, and get outside!

Geocache Map Roanoke

More Information on How to Geocache

This Step-By-Step Guide to Geocaching will walk you through the finer details including the need to bring trinkets!

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