The Delaware Tourism Office is taking geocaching to the next level. Geocaching is a worldwide sports phenomenon which involves a high-tech, outdoor treasure hunt utilizing GPS technology. The expansion of the Delaware Geocaching Trail was announced today due to overwhelming feedback received from geocachers over the past year. The expanded trail features 50 additional statewide cache sites located at historical and cultural attractions, state parks, wineries, breweries, and sports venues.
"You don't need a mobile GPS to find that tourism brings jobs and resources into Delaware. More
visitors mean more business for some of our state's employers," said Governor Jack Markell. "In an age
of mobile technology, geocaching allows our state to utilize an unconventional, yet adventurous, way to
increase public awareness and foot traffic to our area attractions and natural resources."
"The quest for caches attracts a very diverse group of travelers to Delaware," remarked Alan Levin,
Director of the Delaware Economic Development Office. "Several trail sites have acknowledged that
most geocaching participants are first-time visitors to the area, which stimulates the state's economy
through shopping, dining, and lodging."
"The Trail was enhanced through collaborative efforts of the Delaware Tourism Office, Delaware State
Parks, and the Delaware geocaching community," stated Linda Parkowski, Director of the Delaware
Tourism Office. "More than 3,000 visits have been logged at Delaware geocaching sites and many
visitors have found the Delaware Geocaching Trail an exciting way to discover unique locations in
The hunt begins by accessing the Delaware Geocaching Trail website, www.visitdelaware.com/geo.
After completing the registration form, geocachers receive a Delaware passport, instructions, and GPS
coordinates. The expanded Delaware Geocaching Trail features 75 cache locations throughout the state.
Treasure hunters will utilize code words to log visits. The first 200 geocachers to obtain code words at
24 cache locations (8 from each county) will receive a limited edition Delaware Geocaching Trail coin.
The Delaware Tourism Office, 99 Kings Highway in Dover, Del., a division of the Delaware Economic
Development Office, promotes tourism and economic growth in Delaware. For more information, visit
the official Delaware Tourism website at www.visitdelaware.com or call toll-free (866) 284-7483.
Geocaching Fact Sheet
"Geocaching" is an outdoor, high-tech treasure hunt utilizing Global Positioning System (GPS)
technology. (1) Geocaching is a sophisticated game of "hide and seek." (3)
A GPS system involves a collection of 24 - 30 satellites operated by the U.S. Department of
Defense. Satellite radio signals are received via a GPS recreational device to pinpoint reliable
positioning and navigation. (2)
Geocaching originated in May, 2000, when civilians were permitted to use the GPS satellite system.
A civilian from Portland, Oregon, hid a bucket of trinkets in the woods and posted the information
online. The treasure was quickly found and, within days, more treasures were hidden nationwide.
The term "geocaching" was coined and an official website was launched, www.geocaching.com,
now owned by Groundspeak, Inc. (3, 4)
Geocaching is now a worldwide sport and phenomenon. To date, there are 1,258,669 active geocaches
around the world. (1) Caches can be found in over 100 countries and all seven continents. (5) In October
of 2010, geocachers around the world commemorated ten years of geocaching by breaking the record
for the most caches found in one day. (3)
The term, "Cache," originated from a camping/hiking term denoting a secret hiding place for
concealing provisions. In the sport of Geocaching, a cache can consist of a scenic location or any
type of waterproof container that may hold goodies or trinkets including a Log Book. (1, 3)
Most cache treasures are inexpensive and may hold some kind of personal value for the recipient. In
turn, a geocacher must leave a trinket of equal or higher value for the next geocacher to find. (1,3)
Some caches contain trackable items known as "travel bugs." Trackable items are designed to move
from cache to cache and their journey is monitored. (4) The State of Delaware's limited edition coins
will be available to the first 200 geocachers to successfully locate 24 code words (8 from each
county) from hidden caches. The code words and passport must be mailed to the Delaware Tourism
Office for redemption.
The expanded Delaware Geocaching Trail features 75 cache locations and will utilize code words to
log visits. Cache sites will be located in historical and cultural attractions, state parks, wineries,
breweries, and sporting venues.