An “X” won’t necessarily mark the spot, but geocaching in Pisgah National Forest along the Forest Heritage National Scenic Byway can be an epic adventure for the treasure hunter in us all! With a handheld GPS navigational system or other GPS-enabled device, hiking gear, and a little research on geocaching.com or other geocaching websites, adventurers of all ages can follow GPS coordinates to hunt for over 100 cache containers stashed and hidden around the byway. Lead the way yourself or give the kids a turn with the GPS as you search for the hidden geocache. While conducting your search, listen to the musical whistle of the Blackburnian Warbler, feel the cooling mist rising from Looking Glass Falls, and notice the stately shadow cast by Mount Pisgah glide across the landscape. Take time out from your search to stop by the Cradle of Forestry, the location of the first school of forestry in America. The on-site Forest Discovery Center includes hands-on exhibits about forest management, a fire-fighting helicopter simulator, a scavenger hunt for kids, and the Forest Bounty Café, as well as many seasonal programs (and yes, there are several geocaches within a half mile of the Center.)
Geocaching can be fun for the whole family, but be sure to pay attention to your surroundings. Black bears and wild boar live in the forest and can be very dangerous to humans. Also, familiarize yourself with the rules of geocaching. Discover why the Forest Heritage National Scenic Byway is a treasure worth finding!
- Public domain. Photo by Steve Spanogle