CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced West Virginia's official geocaching enthusiast group, ExploreWV, is celebrating the Mountain State's 150th Birthday by launching the Civil War GeoTrail, the group's fourth geocache challenge. The kick-off event begins at 11 a.m. at Camp Virgil Tate on Saturday, August 10, 2013.
"This geocache challenge will provide a wonderful opportunity for West Virginians, young and old, to set out on a new adventure in our beautiful state and learn more about our history through interactive discovery," Gov. Tomblin said.
The Civil War GeoTrail will take geocachers to 75 of West Virginia's noted Civil War sites. Documentation will be required during the process and those who complete the trail will receive limited-edition, collectible geocaching coins that fit together to form West Virginia.
"We wanted to do something special to celebrate West Virginia's Sesquicentennial," said Robin Taylor, Program Director for ExploreWV. "By incorporating our historic Civil War locations into a geocaching trail, it allows for visitors to simultaneously experience every region in West Virginia - while educating them on our state's rich history."
Created in 2000, geocaching is an international outdoor phenomenon that combines elements of a traditional treasure hunt with high-tech Global Positioning Systems (GPS). Currently there are over two million geocaches worldwide and more than 5,000 geocaches in West Virginia.
ExploreWV launched their inaugural challenge, the WV Geocoin Challenge, in September 2010 and has since launched two additional challenges focusing on West Virginia's Main Streets and famous haunted locations. The Civil War GeoTrail will be the organization's fourth challenge, attracting people from across the country and around the globe to geocache in West Virginia.
The kick-off event for the Civil War GeoTrail is Saturday, August 10, 2013 from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Camp Virgil Tate in Sissonville. The event will feature trail registration, family activities, entertainment, a Japanese Auction, and many local artisans and food vendors. A Civil War encampment will also take place. Basic registration is free and open to the public.
In addition to the main event, a Meet and Greet is scheduled for Friday, August 9, 2013, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. There will also be a site clean-up activity on Sunday, August 11, 2013 from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. Both events are located at Camp Virgil Tate and are free.
For more information on the Civil War Geo Trail, visit www.civilwargeotrail.wv.gov
Amy Shuler Goodwin