Geocaching

The City of Highland Village Parks and Recreation Department has hidden geocaches throughout the city. Adventure outside and explore as you search for hidden treasure. Geocaching is fun for the whole family!

Getting Started
What is geocaching? Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. To find the location of the cache, you will need a GPS receiver or a smart phone. There are several free GPS locator apps available to download to your cellular device.

Geocaching Apps
There are Geocaching specific apps you can download in the Google Play Store (Android) or App Store (iPhone). Search “Geocaching” in your designated app store. The Geocodes listed below are for one specific mobile appCodes may be different for other apps.

If you do not wish to use a geocaching specific app or prefer to use a GPS receiver, you can use the GPS coordinates to find the general location of the cache. Coordinates are approximate and can be affected by buildings, weather, or nearby trees.

You can also use your phone’s Map App.  Just open the app and press the “i” (information button) and select ‘Satellite’ under Maps Settings.  Press the “Search for a place or address” box and enter the geocache coordinates (ex. n29 48.267,w98 43.049) and press ‘search’.  This will take you to the geocache site.

Buggin’ Around – N 33° 04.588 W 097° 03.775   

Search GC8XJVX in the Geocaching App to find “Buggin’ Around”

Mean Green – N 33° 04.850 W 097° 04.740

Search GC8XG6J in the Geocaching App to find “Mean Green”

Gneiss Job – N 33° 04.898 W 097° 04.577

Search GC8XG8F in the Geocaching App to find “Gneiss Job”

Find the Location
Use the GPS coordinates to find the general location of the cache. Coordinates are approximate. Once you find the general location, you will need to look high and low to locate the hidden treasure. The container of the caches very in sizes and difficulty. You will need to scan the area and look for anything out of place or could have something hidden inside. Caches are not buried, but they can be hidden inside or under items in the landscape, such as trees, rocks, branches, leaves, and grass. Be sure to use your eagle eye to find the cache! Remember, geocaching is like a treasure hunt. You do not want other pirates (non-geocachers) to steal your loot! So, be aware of your surroundings if you are searching in an area with high foot traffic. Use your best skills to be discrete in your search.

Found it!
Once you have found the cache, open it up carefully, sign the logbook and feel free to take one of the prize items inside of the cache. The general rule of geocaching is if you take an item from a cache, you should replace it with an item of equal value. However, some of the caches can be very small and do not contain prize items. Please sign and date the logbook for all caches. Please close the cache and return it as you found it in the same hidden location.

Celebrate your find by taking a picture and tagging us on Facebook or Instagram using #HVPARKS. To continue to keep the caches hidden and a surprise for the next geocacher, please only post photos with the logbook. Please do not include the exact location or the container in the photo. Keeping the cache a secret is a part of the game! Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

For more information on the history and rules of geocaching, please visit the Geocaching website.


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