|West Virginia State Parks and Forests
Geocaching is an entertaining adventure game for GPS users. Participating in a cache hunt is a good way to take advantage of the wonderful features and capability of a GPS unit. The basic idea is to have individuals and organizations set up caches all over the world and share the locations of these caches on the internet. GPS users can then use the location coordinates to find the caches. Once found, a cache may provide the site visitor with a wide variety of rewards. All the visitor is asked to do is if they take something they should try to leave something for the cache
Visit the www.geocaching.com to learn more about it and join this international community.
RULES AND GUIDELINES to geocaching in WV State Parks
There is a permit application for those wishing to place caches in state parks and/or forests in West Virginia.
WV State Parks
Audra State Park
Babcock State Park:
Beartown State Park
Beech Fork State Park:
Blackwater Falls State Park
Camp Creek State Park
Canaan Valley Resort State Park
Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park
Cass Scenic Railroad State Park
Cedar Creek State Park
Chief Logan State Park
Kanawha State Forest
Kumbrabow State Forest
Moncove Lake State Park
North Bend Rail Trail
Pipestem State Park
Tomlinson Run State Park
Tu-Endie-Wei State Park
Twin Falls Resort State Park
Tygart Lake State Park
Valley Falls State Park
Watters Smith Memorial
Have a great time exploring WV State Parks!
Persons placing a cache must have a permit issued by WV State Parks, Programming Office prior to placing the cache.
Download and print the application here Adobe Acrobat Reader required.
Cache permits are good for one year from the date of approval. Cache permits must be renewed on a yearly basis. When the permit expires, cache owners may apply to renew the cache permit for the original location, subject to review and approval by the area superintendent to ensure that a cache does not create a negative environmental impact.
Monitor your permitted caches on a quarterly basis. This ensures that the cache is family-friendly. The cache should contain no food, alcohol, firearms, drugs, dangerous items or adult items.
Please use established trails for your cache. Off-trail hiking is discouraged as it negatively impacts the environment. Digging holes or disturbing the existing environment is not permitted. There is to be no earth disturbance or vegetative impact.
As a cache seeker or owner, observation of park hours, rules and regulations is applicable.
All approved caches should have an "Official Geocache" sticker with the cache. This sticker is received when the placement permit is approved.
Unauthorized geocaches on WV State Park or Forest lands will be removed and treated as abandoned property.
Geocaching is fun!
Map and compass meets GPS. Technology invites outdoor exploration. WV State Parks permits this activity for guests and visitors to enjoy. Our guidelines ensure a safe caching experience, encourage families and friends to get outside, and uphold the user expectations of geocaching.com.
This site is helpful for information and posting of placement coordinates once a permit is approved. WV State Parks use coordinates from geocaching.com to include your link on this state park website.