What is geocaching?

A geocache (pronounced “geo-cash”) is a hidden treasure that one locates by using a GPS device or mobile phone. Geocaching is for adventure seekers all around the world who want to get outside and play. A geotrail, like the Find Your Chesapeake GeoTour®, is a series of geocaches linked by a common theme or topic.

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Find Your Chesapeake GeoTour®

The Find Your Chesapeake GeoTour® is the combined effort of the National Park Service, Chesapeake Conservancy, and volunteers with the Maryland Geocaching Society and the Northern Virginia Geocaching Organization. The trail has over 60 cache locations on eight Chesapeake rivers in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Virginia. The “FYC” will be the third such collaboration, building on the success of geotrails along the Star-Spangled Banner and the Captain John Smith Chesapeake national historic trails. A collectible, highly coveted, challenge coin, known as a “geocoin”, will be awarded to the first 350 geocachers to locate at least 20 geocaches, record the secret code in the official passport, and log their finds After discovering the 20 required caches, geocachers may have their passports validated via mail at the National Park Service Chesapeake Bay Office, and – for the lucky 350 – a beautiful two-inch metal coin will be returned in the mail. The geocoins are engraved with a trackable number that geocachers use to “follow” the coin or “discover” a coin held by others.

John Smith Chesapeake Geotrail

Launched in June of 2011, the John Smith Chesapeake Geotrail was designed and created by volunteer geocachers from the Maryland Geocaching Society. Working with the Chesapeake Conservancy and the National Park Service, they placed geocaches at more than 40 sites along five rivers representing particular stories or scenes from John Smith’s adventures on the Bay. In spring of 2012, the geotrail was expanded through a lower Eastern Shore section which included 11 new caches.  These new caches are located from Pocomoke, MD in the North to Cape Charles, VA at the Southern tip of the peninsula. There are now over 50 caches to be found!

To see all of the geocache sites, visit the tour’s page at


The John Smith Chesapeake Geotrail is sponsored by the National Park Service and its Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network, the Chesapeake Conservancy, Maryland Geocaching Society, and Groundspeak, the national organization supporting the geocaching community world-wide.

National Park Service and Maryland Geocaching Society Launch a Centennial Challenge

The National Park Service (NPS) and the Maryland Geocaching Society (MGS) announce a six-week collaboration designed to introduce geocaching participants to national parks and public lands in Maryland. In 2016, the Maryland Geocaching Society chose to celebrate the National Park Service Centennial with a literal interpretation of the National Park Foundation’s “Find Your Park” campaign. Participating locations include:

  • Assateague Island National Seashore
  • Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument, hosted by Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge
  • Catoctin Mountain Park
  • Monocacy National Battlefield
  • Hampton National Historic Site
  • Greenbelt Park
  • Piscataway Park
  • Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park – two locations
  • Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, hosted by Great Allegheny Passage