Tourism council looking into geocaching trail

The Shenandoah County Tourism Council is looking to create more geocaching for the county.

Tourism and Marketing Director Jenna French said that a local resident reached out to her about implementing more geocaching sites in the area.

French said that she approached the council with an idea of creating a geocaching trail for the county as a whole.

Geocaching is an outdoor activity that works as a type of 21st century treasure hunt for outdoor enthusiasts.

With geocaching, the participant uses GPS through a device such as smartphone to locate objects that other participants have placed in a specific location.

French said, “Geocaching has been gaining interest over the years, so we’re looking at putting something together, starting to get more businesses and individuals involved in having sites around the county.”

In February of 2014, the Winchester-Frederick County Convention and Visitors Center Bureau implemented a geocaching tour of the city in conjunction with the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

The town of Strasburg also used geocaching in 2011 as a way to teach participating residents about the town’s history.

French indicated that the idea of a geocaching trail for Shenandoah County would incorporate many different people and businesses.

“Our hope is to have a meeting sometime, probably in the fall,” French said, noting that this meeting would be for parties interested in participating.

French added, “I think it would be nice to get a mix of vineyards, different attractions, restaurants and … a lot of our agritourism sites.”

French said that they are probably looking at the springtime for any kind of finished geocaching trail in the county.

Contact staff writer Kevin Green at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or kgreen@nvdaily.com