Sweetwater Creek State Park
In Georgia, United States
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Sweetwater Creek State Park
Steward: The Jazzmaster
Park: Sweetwater Creek State Park
Cache type: Traditional
Coordinates: N 33° 45.001 W 084° 37.566
Cache Description: Old Homestead at New Manchester
To find the cache you will begin your trek on the Blue Nature Trailhead (N 33° 45.189 W 084° 37.712) at the Interpretive Center parking area. Park hours are 7am-10pm. The trails are open from 7:00am until dark. There is a daily Park Fee of $5.00.
This is a letterbox / geocache hybrid where you will find an ammo box with a stamp, inkpad and logbook. These items are NOT intended for trade; they are meant to remain in the box so that visitors can use them to record their visit. The remaining items are for trading; if you take something from the geocache, leave something of equal or greater value.
Once you begin your trek at the trailhead, it wont be long until you reach the chimney mound ruins of an old homestead at New Manchester. The trail is of moderate terrain and winds through several stream coves and follows the ridges overlooking Sweetwater Creek. There is an amazing diversity of habitats along the trail, with many species of wildflowers, ferns, shrubs and trees. There are benches along the trail to stop and rest and take in the natural beauty. Please remain on the trail until you see the ruins on your right at - N 33° 45.004 W 084° 37.553.
The ammo can is a short distance from the ruins. Please re-hide the container as you found or better so that it will not be disturbed or stolen. The Blue Trail allows hikers to return to the trailhead via a loop or backtracking. Please remember to “leave no trace” and to CITO (Cache In – Trash Out).
You can find more information and history of the area at The Friends of Sweetwater Park at www.friendsofsweetwatercreek.org.
Park: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Office Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Recommended for Kids
Takes less than Hour
Picnic Tables Nearby
Public Restrooms Nearby
Drinking Water Nearby
Georgia State Parks GeoTour:
Geocaching is an outdoor adventure game similar to a treasure hunt played with a GPS device. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, take a trinket from the cache, leave something of greater or equal value in return for the next person and then share your experiences online. There are over a million active geocaches around the world and now with the Georgia State Parks GeoTour you can “Get Out. Get Dirty. Get Fit.“ and go geocaching in Georgia state parks.
Steps to the Georgia State Parks GeoTour:
1. Obtain a Georgia State Park GeoTour PassPort from any park or historic site or download a PDF from GaParksGeocaching.com
2. Go to Geocaching.com create a log-in and find the GPS coordinates and more information for the Georgia State Parks GeoTour locations.
3. Start your search and locate one or all caches using a hand-held GPS unit. The cache containers are sealed ammo boxes labeled as a Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites geocache. Caches are located in 42 Georgia state parks and state historic parks.
4. When you find a GeoTour cache, log your name and any comments on the logbook inside the cache and stamp your PassPort grid sheet with the unique stamp for that specific park.
5. Be sure to follow the Leave No Trace guidelines – GeorgiaStateParks.org/LeaveNoTrace
6. Follow the Traveling Gophers. There are 58 Georgia State Park & Historic Sites TravelBugs® moving around the country. Click here to see where the travel gopher for this park is now. Be on the lookout for them and help them get to a new destination.
| 7. If you’re quick, there is a “First-to-Find” special prize.
8. Find one of the “endangered” gopher stuffed toys in 10 of the caches and it’s yours to keep and protect.
9. Complete specific numbers of caches to get a custom Geo-Coin. Bring your stamped PassPort into the park’s Visitor Center and receive a voucher for your coin.
With 15 completed caches you are eligible for a bronze level coin
With 30 completed caches you are eligible for a silver level coin
With 40 completed caches you are eligible for a gold level coin
Once you find the caches for the custom geo-coins you are also eligible for a bonus cache at each level. These caches are more challenging and not required to complete the GeoTour or receive your coins. Click on the links below to access the bonus cache pages:
Bronze Bonus Cache page
Silver Bonus Cache page
Gold Bonus Cache page
|State Parks Information:
For informantion on GA Parks Geocaching: GaParksGeocaching.com
Park: (706) 265-4703
Lodges/Cabins/Yurts/Camp Reservations: (800) 864-7275
Special thanks to the Georgia Geocaching Association and member The Jazzmaster, Volunteer Steward of Sweetwater Creek State Park.
|Disclaimer to New Geocachers:
Please join us in playing! All are welcome who observe and obey the rules. Please do not move or vandalize the container. Replace the cache like or better than you found it and when you leave, and make sure the cache is completely covered. Please do not remove the rubber stamp from the ammo can, this is a essential game piece for cachers accepting the GeoTour. The real treasure is just finding the container and sharing your thoughts with everyone who finds it. Pick up a GeoTour Passport at any Park Visitor Center.
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Last Updated: on 5/24/2015 10:14:13 AM Pacific Daylight Time (5:14 PM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum