CLEARFIELD – The third annual Clearfield County Geotrail will be themed Wet N’ Wild Waterways. It will also be the first night geocache and is set to kick off at 12 a.m. May 4 at the Curwensville Moose Lodge. A free trackable geocoin will be awarded to the first 20 households that turn in a completed passport.
Geocachers will celebrate the geotrail release through Saturday morning at the outdoor pavilion at the Moose Lodge. There will be snacks, beverages, a raffle and music and exclusive details about the geotrail. Also, VCC partners are providing a free beverage and snack at their stores to those who present a Clearfield County Geotrail passport.
Participants can obtain their passport at seven, different locations. Visit the VCC Web site for locations, as well as for the geocache coordinates. If you find 25 out of the 30 geocaches throughout the county, you can bring or send in your passport book to the VCC office for validation. Once validated, you will receive a unique wooden geocoin.
This year’s geotrail will include sights of lakes, rivers, creeks, ponds, wetlands and springs throughout the county. The response by the geocaching community has been phenomenal with increased foot traffic and phone calls to the Visit Clearfield County office over the past weeks, according to VCC Director Holly Komonczi. She said each geocache find is bringing in anywhere from $75- $200 to the local economy for things like gas, dining, lodging and more, and passports have already been sent to avid geocachers throughout Pennsylvania, Ohio and Maryland.
She said that the Wet N’ Wild Waterways geotrail wouldn’t have been possible without the assistance of volunteers. She said the geocaching volunteers’ expertise has resulted in a “thrilling and unique” Clearfield County Geotrail that spans nearly 300 miles. She would like to thank the private and public organizations that authorized the VCC to use their grounds.
Komonczi has asked geocachers to be respectful to all private, public property and cache locations. She said some sites are in area neighborhoods or on private land. She’s asked geocachers to neither enter private buildings nor disturb historical sites. Komonczi wants all geocachers to be safe during the night geocache while also having fun and enjoying all of the waterways