The “Super Bowl” of geocaching will take place on May 23 in Boonsboro, Md., just a 1-1/2-hour drive from the Baltimore and Washington, D.C., areas. The Washington County Agricultural Education Center will be the site of GeoWoodstock XIII, an all-day event for thousands of geocachers from beginners to experienced treasure hunters. It’s considered the annual convention for geocachers and it’s free.
The Maryland Geocaching Society is partnering with the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau to host the event. Tim Eggleston, who’s promoting GeoWoodstock XIII, has been involved with geocaching since 2008.
“The Maryland Geocaching Society has worked for years to bring GeoWoodstock to Washington County. Because our location is so close to so many large population areas and our area is filled with so much history, we are expecting one of the largest GeoWoodstocks ever,” Eggleston said.
To attend GeoWoodstock XIII, participants must register at geowoodstock.com/gws13.
Special caches for the day
“GeoWoodstock XIII will have 10 special caches just for that day. We’ll have Civil War reenactors on site. You may have to go up and talk to a specific soldier for clues. The Washington County Agricultural Education Center has 55 acres and is the home of the Rural Heritage Museum. There will be exhibits, geocaching learning sessions, vendors, and food. We’ll also have a special kid zone with games and entertain for the kids,” said Eggleston.
Eggleston said geocaching is a great mix of technology and the outdoors.
“Kids today love their technology. It’s hard to get them to put their phones down. With geocaching, they can use their phones to find geocaches outdoors,” he said.
Eggleston said GeoWoodstock XIII has something else going for it.
Insider tip: Boonsboro is at the center of a 20-mile circle of areas to go geocaching, including caches in Shepherdstown and Harpers Ferry, W.Va., and the Washington County GeoTrail, launched in September 2013 with more than 35 sites. To date, there have been more than 17,000 “finds” on that trail.
Visitors can experience the rich history of the area, including the Civil War battlefields at South Mountain and Antietam. Washington Monument State Park is the site of the first public monument to George Washington and Fort Frederick is a French and Indian War-era stone fort. The Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park is another major draw. The Appalachian Trail traverses the eastern boundary of the county.
“The reason I love geocaching is because it has something for everyone. Whether it’s adventure seeking, solving puzzles, visiting historic places, or doing something with the family, geocaching has it all. If you like hiking you can hike to geocaches, if you like biking there are geocaches on most bike trails. If you like urban geocaching, there are thousands of geocaches in the city. If you want to meet people who have this same love for the outdoors, then go to geocaching events,” Eggleston said.
Washington County Tourism: marylandmemories.com