Geocaching and Letterboxing

Geocaching

Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, outdoors and then share your experiences online. Geocaching is enjoyed by people from all age groups, with a strong sense of community and support for the environment. There are geocaches all over Vermont State Parks. If you'd like to create your own cache in a state park, please see our Geocache Policy, then fill out our Geocache Request Form (pdf) and email or mail to the address on last pagee. Also see: geocaching.com (free registration required).

Letterboxing

Letterboxing is a simple, low-tech cousin to geocaching. It is an intriguing mix of treasure hunting, art, navigation and exploring interesting, scenic places.

Here's the basic idea: Someone hides a waterproof box somewhere (in a beautiful, interesting location) containing at least a logbook and a carved rubber stamp, and perhaps other goodies. The hider then usually writes directions to the box (called "clues" or "the map"), which can be straightforward, cryptic, or any degree in between. Selecting a location and writing the clues is one aspect of the art.

Once the clues are written, hunters in possession of the clues attempt to find the box. In addition to the clue and any maps or tools needed to solve it, the hunter should carry at least a pencil, his personal rubber stamp, an inkpad, and his personal logbook. When the hunter successfully deciphers the clue and finds the box, he stamps the logbook in the box with his personal stamp, and stamps his personal logbook with the box's stamp. The box's logbook keeps a record of all its visitors, and the hunters keep a record of all the boxes they have found, in their personal logbooks. There are letterboxes placed in all across the state in Vermont State Parks. Also see:letterboxing.org