Fort McAllister Historic Park
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Fort McAllister Historic Park
Park: Fort McAllister Historic Park
Cache type: Multi
Coordinates: N 31º 53.340 W 081º 11.977
|Cache Description: Located on the bank of the Great Ogeechee River south of Savannah, Fort McAllister Historic Park is the home of the best-preserved earthwork fortification of the Confederacy. The sand and mud earthworks were attacked seven times by Union ironclads, but did not fall until captured in 1864 by Gen. William T. Sherman during his "March to the Sea."
At the posted coordinates, (stage 1) learn some of the history of the CSS Nashville. You will also see some of the ship’s parts recovered from the nearby Ogeechee River. Read the nearby history signs and answer the following questions:
A) The C.S.S. Nashville was launched September 22, 185? Call the missing number A.
B) What was the length of the CSS Nashville in feet? Take the first and third digit and add them together. Call the result B.
C) What was the top speed of the CSS Nashville in knots? Divide the speed by 2. Call the result C.
Go to Stage 2 and see where the CSS Nashville met its end. Along the shoreline where the pier starts, you will find a historical marker to help you complete these questions.
D) Spanish records place Satuache about 1? Miles northeast….. Call the missing number D.
E) The town and mission were abandoned ca. 16??. Add the two missing numbers, call your answer E.
F) The ?-mile bend was placed on the Nation Register of Historic Places in 1972. Call the missing word F.
Please substitute your answers below into the coordinates to find the geocache container!
N 31* 53. A B C W 081* 12. D E F
Fort McAllister Historic Park is also part of Georgia’s Colonial Coast Birding Trail (website). Geocachers are encouraged to bring a picnic, experience the park’s history, see the wildlife (birds included) on the nearby nature trail. Grab a park map and just follow your GPS receiver. You should expect to see tidal marsh, dense groves of trees heavily draped in spanish moss, and Civil War history. If you see something unique, please tell us about it and your adventure in your log.
It is a bit of a hike to the cache so be careful and drink water. The geocache is regular sized and should fit most trade items – remember to leave something if you take something. Please re-hide as good or better than you found it!
Park: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Office Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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: (912) 727-2339
Lodges/Cabins/Yurts/Camp Reservations: (800) 864-7275
Special thanks to the GGA and GeorgeJaDawg, Volunteer Steward of Fort McAllister Historic 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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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum