Geocaching & Letterboxing
Do you miss the days of treasure hunting as a child? Want to plan an exciting outdoor adventure for your family? Geocaching is a fun and energizing activity for all ages.
You will need a GPS and a list of cache coordinates for the Allegheny National Forest. The caches may have notes or small items inside. The Forest Service does not provide, contribute to, or monitor these caches. A common courtesy when geocaching is to leave something in the cache for the next person to find.
Allegheny National Forest geocaching policy
Geo-caching is a permissible dispersed recreation activity on most areas of the Allegheny National Forest.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you place a new cache you must register it. Provide the exact location of the cache, along with a short description of what it looks like.
Geocaching & Letterboxing Areas
Alerts & Warnings
- Northern Goshawks are Protected Endangered Species
- Feeding Wildlife is Prohibited
- Pest Alert: Spotted Lanternfly
- Please do not bring firewood on to the ANF!
- Forest Road 457 Closed
- ATV Trails Closing Due to Warm Weather
- Traffic Hazard on Longhouse Drive (FR 262)
- Don't Pick the Ginseng