CLEARFIELD – Visit Clearfield County has announced the opening of the Clearfield County GeoTrail. This trail would not be possible without the assistance of their geocaching volunteers. Assisting their staff, volunteers worked exceptionally hard for over a year to make the Clearfield County GeoTrail a top notch, challenging and educational trail covering nearly 300 miles throughout Clearfield County.
The 2011 Cemeteries of Clearfield County is the first of 5 proposed legs of the Clearfield County GeoTrail. According to Execitove Director Holly Komonczi, the response by the geocaching community has been phenomenal. Visit Clearfield County has seen increased foot traffic to the office and has been able to gather donations for funding of the 2012 leg of the trail. Each geocache find is bringing in anywhere from $75- $200 to the local economy for things like gas, dining, lodging and more. Passports have been already been sent to: throughout Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia, Rhode Island, Indiana, South Carolina, and Nova Scotia, Canada. In July they will be attending the premier geocaching event, GeoWoodstock, in Warren, PA where they will meet thousands of avid geocachers looking for new caches.
Komonczie said to get started, you need to pick up an official Clearfield County GeoTrail Passport book. There are seven locations throughout the county that have passports visit our website www.VisitClearfieldCounty.org for locations. Then log onto www.VisitClearfieldCounty.com to get all the cache coordinates. You need to find 25 out of the 30 geocaches spread throughout the County. At each geocache location there is a unique stamp for marking your passport. After collecting 25 different stamps you can bring or send your passport book to our office for validation. Once this leg is complete you can receive a unique wooden coin and bragging rights.
Said Komonczi, “We are very thankful to all the cemeteries that gave Visit Clearfield County the permission to use their grounds. Please be respectful to all cemeteries and cache locations, some sites are active cemeteries please do not disturb any services that may be taking place. No night caching some sites may require stealth. Be sure to visit our website for more suggested rules and regulations for the Clearfield County GeoTrail.”
For more information about the sport of geocaching, visit www.geocaching.com.
In the photo from left to right: In Front Chuck Sidelinger, In back Geoff Priess, Natalie Orcutt, Gary Orcutt, Sue Moore, Missing from Photo Brian Roseberry, Scott Brubaker, Eric Rensel, Karen Vanderhoff, Dave & Lynda McCracken, and Paul Sprague.