Coal Heritage GeoTrail #1 Traditional Geocache
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This cache is located along the Ansted Rail Trail and requires a walk of slightly over one mile round trip from the designated parking area (gravel area identified with a trail parking sign). This beautiful trail follows Mill Creek to Hawks Nest State Park. GPS reception may be erratic in this area. Use the detailed hint below to assist in your search. You do not have to climb boulders to find this cache!
The Coal Heritage GeoTrail is a geocaching trail consisting of sixteen caches within the National Coal Heritage Area in southern West Virginia. Along the GeoTrail, geocachers will travel three scenic byways: the Coal Heritage Trail, the Paint Creek Scenic Trail, and the Midland Trail. In each cache, geocachers will find special clues that will help them complete a puzzle found in the official Coal Heritage GeoTrail brochure. Geocachers can then bring their completed brochures to a redemption site to receive a commemorative Coal Heritage GeoTrail patch. Visit www.paintcreekscenictrail.com/geo.html for more information and to download the official brochure.
[After walking slightly more than 1/2 mile from the parking area, turn right onto a small path immediately after a large boulder. This path will descend toward the creek. From the point where you turn off the main trail and onto the small path, the cache is located about 50 ft. northwest. At last check, there was a green bench at the turnoff from the main trail; however, this bench may not be permanent!]