With the 12th Annual GCHR Picnic fast approaching I know plenty of people will be heading this way to not only participate in yet another great MEGA-event put on by GCHR (Geocaching Hampton Roads), but also to grab some great caches that we have here in the area.
So in an effort to make things easy on ya'll - here is a list of some of the best caches in the area:
Favorite Caches on the Peninsula
Based on percentage of favorite points
(Newport News, Hampton, Poquoson, York County, Williamsburg and Gloucester)
96% - GC55KEH – Don’t Let This Birdhouse Send You to the Nut House – A fairly new cache with an amazing 96% favorite rating. A short drive south of the park will put you in the vicinity of this amazing cache.
90% - GC44NEP – The Colonial Treasure – a tour of local history awaits you at this cache. An amazing 90% favorite point rating. The start of this puzzle/multi-cache is in the heart of colonial Williamsburg but the tour provided by this cache will take you to various historic places around the peninsula. Be prepared to spend at least half a day (minimum) completing this cache.
82% - GC4Z16X – Hanging Out in the Woods – this unique cache is a short drive from Newport News Park. Can be completed in less than an hour.
81% - GC1YBHP – The Rune Stones of Harwood’s Mill – a complex puzzle cache that more than likely will take you more than a day to complete. Located very close to Newport News Park.
68% - GC4GN2M – Limberakis Gerakaris– This tough puzzle cache features and amazingly scenic walk to get to the final. The start of this puzzle/multi-cache almost an hour drive south of Newport News Park but is still on the peninsula.
68% - GC42D4J – Saga of Thorvald Erikson – A well thought our puzzle/multi-cache that will take you on a tour of the grounds around the Mariner’s Museum (Noland Park). This cache can be completed in a few hours.
67% - GC34RA8 – Raiders of the Lost Ark – one of four Indiana Jones themed caches located near Newport News Park. This cache can easily be completed in an hour or two.
59% - GC3A5X2 – The Last Crusade – Another of the four Indiana Jones themed caches located in or near the park. This multi-cache starts very close to the mega-event.
54% - GC52EER – VTCC#21: Final– this cache is the final of the Virginia Tech geo-art located just south of Newport News Park. If you have done your homework and prepared, the entire geo-art can be completed easily in less than a few hours.
48% - GC3TQ28 – Larry’s Handiwork – a rather unique cache located just off the hiking/biking trail in Newport News Park. This cache can easily be completed in an hour or two.
45% - GC44HME – The Signs of U.S. Route 17 South, Grafton, VA – a unique puzzle cache located a short drive away from Newport News Park. This simple puzzle cache can easily be completed in less than one hour.
45% - GC29RNC - Camp Patrick Henry – A nice puzzle cache located just south of Newport News Park. This could be a fast find if you know what you are doing!
43% - GC42B9M – Hysterical – a rather unique cache located at the back of a local business. This cache is along route 17 across a toll bridge in Gloucester County.
43% - GC3VJRV – Huntington Heights – A unique cache that should be a park n grab. This cache is located south of Newport News Park.
40% - GC51B0N – Sometimes you feel like a nut – a unique cache that shouldn’t take too long to find. This cache is just a short drive from Newport News Park.
40% - GC1RH2Z – MiNd GaMeS – A very good puzzle cache located a short distance from the park.