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39 + 1 Challenge Mystery Cache

Hidden : 07/24/2011
4 out of 5
3 out of 5

Size: Size:   regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

This is a challenge cache.

Little Rhody. The Ocean State. The Biggest Little State in the Union. Discover Rhode Island. Cooler. Warmer. Whattttt????

The nation’s smallest state has lots of things to boast about – more than 400 miles of coastline and more than 100 beaches. Scores of golf courses, and hundreds of coffee shops. But only 39 cities and towns. Yep, 39.

You know where this is going. This is a Rhode Island 39 cities and towns challenge. To complete the challenge, you must FIND or HAVE FOUND a cache in each of Rhode Island’s cities and towns. A couple of the 39 are islands, one of them being the Town of New Shoreham, also known as Block Island. You can’t drive there. You need to take the ferry, a boat or an aircraft.

Here are the rules:

1. Past finds are allowed.

2. Cache hides do not count. Finds on your own hides do not count. (!)

3. The final is at the posted coordinates. It does not count as one of the 39. You will need a separate find in this town.

4. You may sign the log at the physical cache anytime, but you may not post the find online until you have completed the challenge and I have verified your list of 39 finds! The physical log must be signed for credit for this challenge cache.

5. It can be any type of cache. I suggest using the topo map feature on to identify municipal boundaries so you can determine which city or town the cache is in.

6. Posted coordinates and location of icon rule the day for each of your 39 qualifying caches.

7. CHECKER: New in October 2016, to determine your progress, use this calculator now in beta testing, courtesy of its creator -- twilighter -- the owner of the Massachusetts 351 Challenge and New Hampshire 234 Challenge caches. Many thanks to twilighter for this helpful tool! When you have completed the challenge, you must post a note on this cache page or send me a message through this cache page or the Geocaching app. When I have verified that the requirements have been met, I will message you with the OK to log online. Unverified "Found It" logs are subject to deletion.


To help get you started, here is a map of the 39 cities and towns, organized by county:

Final cache information

The terrain rating is for the final only, while the diffulty rating applies to the challenge. The final is a fairly easy 45-minute, 2-mile hike from the parking waypoint. (This is a challenge cache, after all! ) There may be other ways to approach this cache, but I have provided waypoints for trailheads to help get you there. The final is along a trail known as the Deer Knoll Loop Trail. There is a faded signpost where the loop trail begins. As of August 2015, the container has been upgraded to an ammo can. The cache overlooks a pretty spot alongside the marsh where the Carr River empties in Capwell Mill Pond. The Carr River starts from Carr Pond, travels to Tarbox Pond before Capwell Mill Pond and the Big River itself.

Per the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management's published hunting abstract, recreational users of Rhode Island state management areas are required to wear 200 square inches of solid daylight fluorescent orange from the second Saturday in September to the last day of February and the third Saturday in April to the last day in May, annually.

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