Visit Centre County GeoTour (GT494) invites you on a journey through Happy Valley, Pennsylvania to experience the small-town charm of State College and surrounding villages.
Here, historical landmarks and an abundance of hikes and trails make up Central Pennsylvania. Hike and geocache along the Musser Gap Greenway to Rothrock State Forest, and on to the Appalachian Trail. Explore miles of trails leading to geocaches near the infamous Mount Nittany, through the Scotia Range, and along Spring Creek. There are hundreds of other great caches within an hour’s drive of State College, including some popular Mystery Caches, gadget caches, and Adventure Labs.
Respectfully placed cemetery caches are a highlight of this GeoTour. Tucked away in spots that you would normally pass right by, they capture Centre County’s history.
Make sure to check out: GC2N0BV and GC6XMW9.
GC8NKPR Hidden in the woods are remnants of the iron ore era; awesome trails lead you into this deep-woods adventure.
Visit Way Fruit Farm, where they claim, no matter the time of year, they have lovely fruits and vegetables, a cafe with yummy treats, and more. Perfect for people of all ages, the geocache located (GC8PC2G) at the historic orchards highlights the farm’s fruitful apple orchard.
GC8PQ0Q This night cache will lead you on an exciting journey in the dark through the trails of Mount Eagle.
GC8VKB4 After visiting the lookout with one of the best views in the county, this hidden cache is just a short trip into the woods.
The GeoTour has a lot to offer for the whole family. Geocacher “NoBlueCircles” writes:
“…Scenic overlooks, several hikes in the woods, quaint little parks, historic locations, and a nice blend of cache types provided an enjoyable mix and experience. Our kids also loved the playground stops and traded a LOT of swag! … We then explored the Penn State campus and Arboretum, and the Pennsylvania Military Museum grounds. By the end of our visit, we had put 20 miles under our feet, finished 5 short adventure labs, made many new memories, and received a nice coin to commemorate the adventure.”
To help you maximize your time here, download your GeoTour Passport in advance so that you can plan your caching adventures while also building in time to visit the sites you won’t want to miss! Be sure to check the hours of the Happy Valley Adventure Bureau so that you can ensure that you leave with the coveted GeoTour geocoin.
You receive a collector’s GeoTour coin once you earn 45 of the 58 caches along this tour and turn in your passport. Kids 12 and under also receive a prize.
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