If you’re planning a trip to the North Georgia Mountains this spring maybe you should go on a treasure hunt. The days of old fashioned treasure hunts are a thing of the past. Today’s treasure hunts have advanced from a piece of paper to using GPS units to track down your treasure. Most folks have a smart phone which will help during the treasure hunt. This advanced treasure hunt is known as “Geocaching”, and you can experience this fun filled adventure right here in Blue Ridge, Georgia.
Here’s how you play the game: Using your GPS device, you’ll try and track down a cache that has been hidden. After you’ve located your cache you are eligible to participate in the fun and treasures hidden within. Once you’ve discovered the cache, you take something and then leave something of yours behind. You’ll also have the opportunity to sign a log book. Make sure to leave the cache well hidden and most importantly…be discreet! You don’t want to be seen leaving your cache behind! So…where can you go to experience all the fun?
There at least 21 different places you can go to experience this high tech treasure hunt. You can start out with a bang with the more difficult hunt at the swinging bridge in Blue Ridge, or you could use the self guided tour. If you’re a novice, it might not be such a bad idea to begin with this virtual cache. You’ll learn all you need to know about geocaching and be able to grab a spectacular view of the mountain river and the suspension bridge across it. Geocaching is more than a treasure hunt…it’s a fun way to discover spring in the Blue Ridge Mountains!
Top GPS Fixes for Area Attractions ————————————————-
- Blue Line N 34°59.300′ W084°22.201′ Horseshoe Bend Park N 34°58.368′ W084°21.566′ Tammen Park N 34°53.254′ W084°17.180′ Ocoee Whitewater Center N 35°03.961′ W084°27.678′ Morganton Point N 34°52.139′ W084°15.258′ Swinging Bridge Parking Lot N 34°44.350′ W084°10.213′ Fish Hatchery N 34°42.382′ W084°08.969′ Three Forks Parking Lot N 34°39.815′ W084°11.053′ Parking lot Springer Mtn. N 34°38.262′ W084°11.712′ Amicalola Falls N 34°33.263′ W084°15.027′ Jacks River Fields N 34°51.813′ W084°31.208′ Aska Rd N 34°52.322′ W084°18.465′ Aska Trails N 34°48.995′ W084°17.989′ Blue Ridge Recreation Area N 34°50.678′ W084°18.071′ Toccoa River Rapids N 34°47.451′ W084°16.564′ Shallowford Bridge N 34°47.029′ W084°15.562′ Fall Branch Falls Parking Lot N 34°47.017′ W084°18.166′ Sandy Bottoms Canoe Launch N 34°47.170′ W084°14.398′ Blue Ridge Dam N 34°52.806′ W084°16.903′ Blue Ridge Marina N 34°52.230′ W084°16.758′ Mercier Orchards N 34°53.190′ W084°20.448′
After a fun day of treasure hunting you’ll be glad to get back to your cabin and relax by a warm fire roasting marshmallows, or simply soaking in the hot tub resting your weary bones. Ahhh…spring- the mountains seem to come alive with sounds of woodland creatures as they come out to play. The wild flowers are yawning as they wake up from a long winters nap, and the trees once again are clothed in green glory as their leaves happily dance to the beat of the fresh mountain air. The mountains are alive, and they’re waiting to share their home with you!
Until Next Time~