Do you want an old, old cache? In a real ammo can? In the woods? At the end of a gorgeous hike? Overlooking a grande vista? Then welcome to the oldest cache in the Cincinnati area; and the oldest active cache in the state of Ohio. After entering the park, drive to the end of the park road and hike the Miami Fort Trail. This trail will take you through the remains of the old fort that used to sit atop this hill - an ancient fortification with a calculated construction date of about 270 A.D. The trail then continues out to the point. From the point, three states are visible (Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana), as well as the mouth of the Great Miami River as it pours into the Ohio River.
Contested oldest Geocache in Ohio?
Something to consider!
The following is an explanation as to why this cache is the oldest active cache in Ohio. It is taken from the NovaNikki cache page (GC3EF) with permission from the cache owner, GizmoGuy411. My thanks to GizmoGuy411 for his research, and for allowing me to copy this information! (06/12)
When "NovaNikki" was hidden on 03/04/2001, Geocaching.com assigned it the 1007th GC Code of GC3EF. A cache called "ancient lake" currently displays that it was hidden on 01/23/2001, which would make it the oldest active geocache in Ohio. However, it was actually the 11,710th created GC Code of GC2DBE by Chuck Fackleman and Mark Robinette and later adopted by "swampy ranger". Therefore the "ancient lake" cache page was created 10,703 caches later than the "NovaNikki" cache page. Accordingly, we feel the hidden date for "ancient lake" should actually be 12/23/2001 not 01/23/2001.
Further evidence to substantiate the error is based on the fact that another cache was created immediately before it by Mark Robinette (one of the same cachers) on 12/23/2001 called, "glacial trailing" which was the 11,709th created GC Code of GC2DBD. This cache was also adopted by "swampy ranger". Since GC Codes are assigned sequentially, "ancient lake" was actually created after "glacial trailing".
Additionally, the oldest log for "ancient lake" is dated 01/06/2002.
Since both caches are dated the 23rd of the month, we surmise that this obvious date error may have simply been caused by accidentally selecting the wrong month when the page was created.
Therefore in all probability, "NovaNikki" is currently the 3rd oldest active geocache in Ohio, and the oldest in NW Ohio. If this assumption is correct, then that makes the oldest active cache in Ohio (which it currently claims to be already on its cache page), "Shawnee Lookout Cache", hidden on 02/18/2001, and assigned the 794th GC Code of GC31A. Clearly much older than "ancient lake".
Another less probable possibility is that "ancient lake" actually existed prior to 12/23/2001 on some other geocaching website or newsgroup that predated Geocaching.com.
The Great Parks GeoTour (GT88)
The Great Parks GeoTour near Cincinnati, Ohio features 20 geocaches on two trails. One trail, for children and beginners, is located at Sharon Woods and includes five geocaches. The second larger trail, has 14 caches that meet ADA accessibility requirements with the 15th cache being the oldest Geocache in the State of Ohio (not ADA Accessible). Two different GeoCoins will be available at the Sharon Centre gift shop for completion of the kids' trail and/or completion of 10 of the 15 caches on the larger trail.
To download the Great Parks GeoTour Passport: CLICK HERE.
There are 2 different Geocoins available through this GeoTour!
- Great Parks GeoTour GeoCoin: This official GeoTour branded, diamond shaped, GeoCoin is available to those who complete at least 10 of the 15 GeoTour stops on the larger trail.
- Kids Trail GeoCoin: This uniquely shaped, GeoCoin is available to those who complete the 5 kid caches available at Sharon Woods.
To earn the GeoTour GeoCoin you must collect "code words" on the front of each logbook at each location.
Geocoins are available on a first come first serve method. The supply of Geocoins are limited. Once the free Geocoins run out the remaining will be provided for a small fee.
Great Parks GeoTour Locations:
Note: All 5 need to be found to earn the GeoCoin.
Note: Only 10 need to be finished to earn the GeoCoin.
- Shawnee Lookout Cache (GC31A) Shawnee Lookout
- Native American Museum (GC7NRBB) Shawnee Lookout
- Catch and Release (GC7NRB0) Mitchell Memorial Forest
- 11 Acres of Un-Leashed Fun (GC7NRAZ) Simmonds Dog Park at Miami Whitewater Forest
- Fitness Trails (GC7NRAX) Miami Whitewater Forest
- Adaptive Boating for all (GC7NRAP) Miami Whitewater Forest
- Boat House (GC7NRAC) Winton Woods
- Green Solutions (GC7NRAG) Winton Woods
- Parky's Farm (GC7NRC4) Winton Woods
- Exploring the Discovery Garden (GC7NRA9) Glenwood Gardens
- Garden Trails (GC7NRAA) Glenwood Gardens
- Fishing Docks (GC7NRBW) Lake Isabella
- Scenic Views (GC7NRBN) Woodland Mound
- Rails to Trails (GC7NRBJ) Bass Island at Little Miami Golf Center
- Ancient History (GC7NRAM) Sharon Woods
- Parks are open from dawn to dusk.
- All areas that have "Great Parks GeoTour" geocaches are free to access.
- Valid Motor Vehicle Permits are required for every vehicle.
- Daily Motor Vehicle Permit: $3 for Hamilton County Resident.
- Daily Motor Vehicle Permit: $5 for non-resident.
- Annual Motor Vehicle Permit: $10 for Hamilton County Resident.
- Annual Motor Vehicle Permit: $14 for non-resident.
On Nov 9, 2004 this cache was transferred from R. Peak, the original owner, to catlon, then to Landondena and finally to Amberglar who has taken over ownership on behalf of Great Parks and the responsibility for continued maintenance.
GPHC Permit # 05-0115