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Athens County to Host Ohio’s First Geocaching Trails

June 8, 2011
Ohio Valley Outdoors
ATHENS, OH — The Athens County Convention and Visitors Bureau will sponsor Ohio’s first Geocaching Trails event on June 18 in Athens County.

They’re doing it in Antarctica, so why not in Athens County, Ohio? While the term 'geocaching' may be new to many, people all over the world do it. This growing pastime combines treasure hunting and technology, where anyone with a global positioning system (GPS) device and a specific set of coordinates can search for caches containing hidden objects. Once you discover a cache, you log your find on a variety of caching websites.

The coordinates and cache locations will be released at 8 a.m. the day of the event at www.geocaching.com

Athens County is about to launch two trails and both are firsts in the geocaching realm. Jenna Dill, Marketing Manager for the Athens County Convention and Visitors Bureau, notes, “We are excited to be part of this worldwide phenomenon and to add our own Athenian spin on geocaching.” According to Dill, Ohio’s first trail will showcase a mix of well-known attractions such as Stuart’s Opera House in Nelsonville, as well as hidden gems off the beaten path, like the Pawpaw Quilt Block Barn in Albany. The second trail is designed to accommodate those with physical disabilities and is the first in the U.S. to offer full accessibility.

  On Friday, June 17, the public is invited to attend the Athens County GeoTrails kick-off event at the Dairy Barn Cultural Arts Center in Athens from 7-9 p.m. There will be food, entertainment, and prizes.

  For more details about the trails and caching getaway packages, visit:  www.AthensOhio.com/Geocaching.

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The coordinates and cache locations will be released at 8 a.m. the day of the event at www.geocaching.com.

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