The Delaware Tourism Office is taking geocaching to the next level. Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunt utilizing GPS technology. In recent years, it has become a worldwide sports phenomenon.
The expanded trail, announced Wednesday, features 50 additional statewide cache (treasure) sites located at historical and cultural attractions, state parks, wineries, breweries, and sports venues.
“You don’t need a mobile GPS to find that tourism brings jobs and resources into Delaware,” said Gov. Jack Markell. “More visitors mean more business for some of our state’s employers.”
The hunt begins by accessing the Delaware Geocaching Trail website, visitdelaware.com/geo. After completing the registration form, geocachers receive a Delaware passport, instructions, and GPS coordinates. The expanded trail features 75 cache locations throughout the state. Treasure hunters will utilize code words to log visits.
“The quest for caches attracts a very diverse group of travelers to Delaware,” said Alan Levin, Director of the Delaware Economic Development Office. “Several trail sites have acknowledged that most geocaching participants are first-time visitors to the area, which stimulates the state’s economy through shopping, dining and lodging.”
The first 200 geocachers to obtain code words at 24 cache locations (8 from each county) will receive a limited edition Delaware Geocaching Trail coin.
Watch our story on geocaching that first aired on “First” last April.