Enchanted Mountains GeoTrail Going Live on May 12

News from Economic Development, Planning and Tourism, Posted on Tue, 05/12/2009 - 12:04pm

“Cattaraugus County is joining the worldwide phenomenon of geocaching on May 12th coinciding with the Allegany State Park GeoBash May 15-17, the largest geocaching event on the East Coast,” announced Joseph J. Williams, Interim Director of the Cattaraugus County Department of Economic Development Planning & Tourism. Geocaching (pronounced “geo-cashing”) is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, outdoors and then share your experiences online.

The Enchanted Mountains GeoTrail geocaches are officially registered with geocaching.com. There will be a total of 32 towns to visit, with half of the caches being placed in 2009 and the other half being placed in 2010. Successful collection of all 32 wooden nickels will entitle the cacher to a special commemorative Cattaraugus County GeoCoin. Geocachers will need to be registered, which is free, on geocaching.com to retrieve the coordinates and other location information.

Before setting out to find caches, a cacher may want an official leaflet. Leaflets are free and can be obtained at the starter cache, the County Building in Little Valley, or at the Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce, the Randolph Area Community Development Corporation and the Salamanca Area Chamber of Commerce.

Each cache will have a unique keyword written on the inside of the cache container’s lid. The cacher will write this keyword down next to the town name in this leaflet. The cacher will then either mail the list of town and keywords to the address listed in the leaflet OR simply fill out the on-line form with their latest cache(s) at EnchantedMountains.com/geotrail and their wooden nickel will be sent to them. The cacher may also stop in to the Tourism office at the County Building during business hours to obtain their nickels. Leaflets are the property of the cacher to retain as a keepsake, so any leaflet’s mailed in, will be returned with their wooden nickel(s). And remember, to keep it fun for all geocachers, please don’t share the keywords!

Geocaching is enjoyed by people from all age groups, with a strong sense of community and support for the environment. All participants must understand that geocaching, as well as hiking, backpacking and other outdoor activities involve risk to both persons and property. Be prepared for your journey and be sure to check the current weather and conditions before heading outdoors. Always exercise common sense and caution.

See you on the Trail!!!