Geocaching & Letterboxing

Geocaching is an entertaining adventure game for GPS users. Participating in a cache hunt is a good way to take advantage of the wonderful features and capability of a GPS unit. The basic idea is to have individuals and organizations set up caches all over the world and share the locations of these caches on the internet. GPS users can then use the location coordinates to find the caches. All the visitor is asked to do is if they get something they should try to leave something for the cache.

Allegheny National Forest geocaching policy.

  1. Geo-caching is a permissible dispersed recreation activity on most areas of the Allegheny National Forest.

  2. Areas where geo-caching is not permitted include: Hickory Creek and Allegheny Islands Wilderness; Tionesta Scenic and Research Natural Areas; Hearts Content Scenic Area and all developed recreation sites.

  3. No soil disturbance is permitted for any geo-cache placement on the Forest. Caches should be covered with leaves or woody debris if the geo-cacher chooses to screen the cache at the site.

  4. We ask all geo-cachers to remove their cache if the site receives a large number of visits by others as evidenced by a well-worn trail or path.

  5. We ask that all caches be removed after one year regardless of site activity and moved to a new location or removed from the National Forest.


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Geocaching & Letterboxing Areas

  • Allegheny Reservoir area description
  • Morrison Hiking Trail
  • Bradford Ranger District area description
  • Marienville Ranger District area description
  • Beaver Meadows Hiking Trail & Day Use Area
  • Twin Lakes Hiking Trail