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What is Geocaching?

Thousands of people around the world enjoy the activity of Geocaching. This adventure involves the use of a handheld GPS receiver, and based on information provided on the official geocaching website the GPS receiver guides its operators to hidden treasures waiting to be found throughout the natural landscape. A typical cache consists of a waterproof container, a log book and trinkets that serve as trade items. Participants typically choose an item, then replace it with an item of equal value. Once the log book is signed and trinkets exchanged, the container is put back in exactly the same place it was found, to await the next searcher.

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Interested in learning more about geocaching in the Pennsylvania Wilds?

We’ve compiled a list of popular geocaching sites in each of the headliner landscapes of the region, perfect for getting started — or even for those who have been participating for a while.

Check out this article by Lou Bernard. You can also leave a comment at the end of the article to note some of your favorite geocaching destinations in the Pennsylvania Wilds.

Journeys & Landscapes


Allegheny National Forest and Surrounds

Covering more than 500,000 acres, the Allegheny National Forest (ANF) is Pennsylvania’s only national forest. It dominates the western end of the Pennsylvania Wilds and contains within it and around it some of the region’s most treasured places and experiences.


Elk Country

This is a place that lives up to its name. Home to the largest free-roaming elk herd in the northeastern United States, Elk Country features two large visitor centers to welcome you. If you come to Elk Country for the Elk, you won’t be disappointed. But if you stick around to see what’s all around you, you’ll be delighted you did.