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West Virginia State Parks is a part of an exciting International game known as Geocaching (geo-cashing).

What is geocaching?

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.

Geocaching Participants

  • Use good eco-manners when seeking a cache.
    Examples: do not step on wildflowers or leave litter.
  • Follow established trails.
    Off-trail hiking is discouraged as it negatively impacts the environment.
  • Leave something in the cache if you take something out.
  • Absolutely no tobacco, alcohol, drugs, firearms, dangerous items, adult items or food.
  • Cache in - trash out.
  • If there is a camera in the cache, please take a photo of yourself
  • Please report blocked trails or abuse or misuse of an area to the park office.
  • Log on to the web site www.geocaching.com to register your find.
  • Please leave the cache where you found it. Others will be looking for it.

Have a great time exploring WV State Parks!

Placement of Caches

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.

Permit is good for one year from the date issued.

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.

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Existing Geocaches in
WV State Parks

Audra State Park

Babcock State Park:

Beartown State Park

Beech Fork State Park:

Blackwater Falls State Park

Cacapon Resort

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

Coopers Rock

Fairfax Stone

Holly River

Kanawha State Forest

Kumbrabow State Forest

Little Beaver

Lost River

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

Watoga

Watters Smith Memorial

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.

Happy Caching.

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