Geocaching on State Forests
Geocaching is an outdoor form of recreation that people of all ages may enjoy. It can be enjoyed by an individual, a family, or a group. Through the use of a Global Positioning System (GPS) unit people seek a hidden container, known as a cache. Within a cache there is usually a log book to confirm your find and sometimes there are even treasures in the cache that may be traded out for a treasure that you leave behind. The difficulty of the find can greatly depend on the type of cache. Some caches are simply camouflaged containers, while others may be highly disguised and hard to notice.
The Florida Forest Service allows geocaching within Florida State Forests, at the discretion of the Center/District Manager. A member of the public who wishes to install a cache in a State Forest must submit a request to the State Forest.
Once reviewed and if approved, a State Forest Use Permit will be issued. Each State Forest has the authority to approve, decline or place restrictions on caches. Approval or denial of the request may be made by email.
The following are suggested guidelines when considering an application for approval:
- Cache should be placed in close proximity to an existing trail.
- The party responsible for the cache should live in the vicinity of the cache, to facilitate frequent maintenance.
- Proximity and number of pre-existing caches in the state forest.
- Consider site attributes: archaeological and ecological resources, frequent flooding, fire frequency, upcoming timber harvests, etc.
Requirements For Placing A Cache
Cache owner responsible for cache MUST meet the following requirements:
- The requesting cache owner must submit a Request for Geocache Placement Form (pdf, 134k) to to the individual state forest office to place a cache on state forest property.
- The request to place a cache needs to have been approved and a State Forest Use Permit issued before a cache can be placed.
- The cache owner is responsible for placement and care of the cache. At least quarterly visits to the cache are required.
- The following are prohibited from being included in a cache: explosives, fireworks, ammo, knives (including pocket knives and multi-tools), drugs, alcohol or other illicit materials.
- The cache can be no bigger than one cubic foot and must be placed above ground (no digging).
Please Note: A cache may be removed by Florida Forest Service staff without notice.
Please make safety a habit when geocaching on Florida’s State Forests!
- Bring plenty of water and snacks.
- Wear a hat, sunglasses, or other weather protective clothing.
- Get a map and know your route along with possible alternatives.
- Drive only on open access roads and respect the speed limits.
- Bring sunscreen, insect repellent, and a basic first-aid kit.
- Respect other forest users.
Remember: Not all caches may be a quick park and grab!
To learn more about geocaching:
Lorna Radcliff, Recreation Specialist
Florida Forest Service
3125 Conner Blvd. C25
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1650
Telephone: 850/ 414-0871
FAX: 850/ 921-6724
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