Geocaching at Kentucky Lake

What is Geocaching?

Geocaching at Kentucky Lake is an excellent outdoor, adventure game – especially through the winter months when many critters and poison oak and ivy are dormant due to colder temperatures. The idea of the game is to use a GPS coordinates to locate a cache (a container) of treasures (usually small trinkets). The game can be enjoyed by people of all ages and fitness as you can find caches with varying levels of difficulty. Whether it’s a few feet off a road, or a long hike through the woods, geocaching is fun for the whole family!

Finding a Cache

Finding a cache is incredibly exciting! Caches are hidden near the given coordinate location and are stocked with trinkets and visitor logs. It’s best to be prepared with a trinket to leave behind in the event you find something fun you’d like to take so others behind you can continue to enjoy the treasure finding experience.  Finally, be sure to sign the log book so you can identify you were there.

How to Start Your Adventure

To get started with Geocaching at Kentucky Lake, you’ll first need a GPS device or GPS App which will help you identify the known cache locations.  The most common directory of known caches can be found on http://www.geochaching.com or their mobile site. Simply make a free account and search for caches near your starting location. If you enter the starting coordinates provided below, you can explore over 350 caches in and around the LBL, Kentucky Lake area:

  • The Villa’s at Marker 48 GPS Coordinates: 36.6718019,-88.09378319999996
  • Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area GPS Coordinates: 36.7777636,-88.06306710000001
  • Kentucky Lake GPS Coordinates: 36.5609686,-88.04119930000002
  • Main Street, Murray, KY GPS Coordinates: 36.5609686,-88.04119930000002
  • Murray State University GPS Coordinates: 36.6155253,-88.32127349999996

Geocaching.com will provide the GPS coordinates of the nearby cache as well as encrypted clues and hints. Be sure to thoroughly read the caches description and instructions before departing for your mission!   It may help you identify some additional tools to bring with you!

Have fun and cache on!

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