Cape Cod Geocaching

Cape Cod Geocaching
Cape Cod, Massachusetts, with its sandy peninsula that curls into the Atlantic, is famous for its beaches, quaint harbors and early-American history. Discover its unique sites and hidden treasures through geocaching, the GPS treasure-hunt game. With hundreds of caches hidden across the Cape, you'll be an insider in no time. Set your GPS coordinates to these caches to sample the pristine terrain and charming communities which endear Cape Cod to residents and tourists alike.

Seashore Geocaches

Head to Provincetown, at the tip of the Cape, for hikes through quintessential Cape Cod landscape. "Dune," the first geocache placed on Cape Cod, requires a 45-minute traipse each way over expansive sand dunes; the view of the rolling ocean and artists' shacks make it a classic. When the tide is low in the harbor, hike over a mile out on the stone jetty to the "Wood End" virtual geocache. There's no container to find; just questions to answer about Wood End Lighthouse.

Hidden History

The Town of Dennis, in the mid-Cape region, was home to 18th- and 19th-century sea captains, Revolutionary patriots and native tribes. Stroll through hidden historic sites for easily-accessible geocaches. "Nobscusset Burial Ground," along Scargo Lake, brings you to the 17th-century burial ground of the Nobscusset Indians. The "Shiverick Shipyard" cache, at nearby Sesuit Harbor, commemorates where Asa Shiverick and sons built schooners and clipper ships in the 1800s. Quivett marsh, on which 19th-century salt works thrived, can be peacefully viewed from "The Street Formerly Known as Sea" cache, on the Dennis/Brewster town line.

Kettle Ponds

Cape Cod's aquatic resources include numerous glacial kettle ponds, deep pools in the wooded upland. Brewster's 800-acre Punkhorn Parklands hold several geocaches to bring you to these serene spots. Try "Eagle Point" for a family-friendly hike on trails with sparkling views of Upper Mill Pond. Learn about kettle ponds' geology while enjoying a swim at the "Cape Cod Kettle Ponds" EarthCache, at Great Pond in Eastham.

Harbor Sights

Geocache alongside commercial fishermen, sailors and travelers heading to Nantucket or Martha's Vineyard at several cleverly-hidden harborside geocaches. Challenge your searching skills with "A Single Find" at busy Hyannis Harbor. Launch your small boat or just admire the rustic fishing shacks after finding "Look at the Shacks," near Chatham's Stage Harbor.

Ghostly Geocache

Visit the oldest wooden jail in America, in Barnstable Village on Route 6A, and find the "Ye Olde Jaol House" cache. The circa 1690 structure is said to be haunted. Walk the Barnstable Conservation trails to the "Old Jail House" cache, hidden in nearby woods where the old jail was originally located.

Cape Cod Towns

Tour the highlights of each locale with the "Cape Cod Towns" geocaching series. Caches in 14 towns hold clues to the coordinates for the final, fifteenth town. The series takes you to lighthouses, windmills, ponds, shops, parks and the Cape Cod Canal---a complete Cape Cod sampler.

Article Written By Susan Spencer

Since 2000, Susan Spencer has contributed to the "Worcester Telegram & Gazette," "Cape Cod Life," "Worcester Living," "Sister 2 Sister," CapeCodToday.com and other publications. She specializes in health, education, culture and lifestyle, the outdoors/environment, and regional travel. She has a B.A. from Dartmouth College and an M.S. from Harvard School of Public Health.

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