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Geocaching is a popular, fast-growing outdoor activity embraced by people of all ages and fitness levels. Players use a Global Positioning System (GPS), smartphone or other mobile device to find hidden containers (geocaches) or designated landmarks, sign their logbooks and then share their experiences online.

Rules & safety

In order to place a cache in a state park, you need to submit a Cache Placement Permit and get up to date on the guidelines around geocaching at state parks.

Essentially, park staff need to ensure you have a non-breakable, sealed cache that doesn’t contain prohibited items and is placed in an approved location.

Cache owners are responsible for providing a logbook and maintaining the cache.

For information on applying for a permit, what materials may be hidden, and the areas where geocaching is allowed, read Directive 06-01 (280 KB PDF) on geocaching, letterboxing and related activities.

Getting started with Geocaching

If you're interested in getting started with geocaching, here are some things you should know:


You'll need a GPS device or a mobile phone with GPS capabilities to locate caches. You'll also need pen/pencil to sign the logbook.

Geocaching websites

Geocaching websites, such as and, provide listings of caches and their coordinates. You can search for caches in your area or in a specific location.

Cache types

Caches come in various sizes and types, ranging from small containers to larger boxes. Some caches contain trinkets or small items that can be exchanged for other items, while others are virtual caches that require you to answer questions or take a photo at a specific location.

Cache etiquette 

Respect your parks around the cache and replace the cache exactly as you found it. If you take something from the cache, leave something of equal or greater value in exchange.

Don't get discouraged 

If you don't find a cache right away, remember that the thrill of the hunt is part of the fun!

Map & visitor guide

Use the Find a Park Page to see maps and visitor guides for a specific park.