Traditional Geocache

City of Granite

Hidden : 1/13/2002
In North Carolina, United States
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Size: Size: regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

This cache is hidden deep in a cave in the spectacular area known locally as "Granite City" in the Horse Cove community near Highlands, NC. From the parking area on Whiteside Cove Road, it is a steep climb up the mountain for several hundred yards until you get to the first "street" of the "city." Once there, go to the target coordinates and follow the directions listed below to assure success in finding this challenging cache!


Granite City is an extremely interesting and unusual area of high rock walls, tumbled masses of mammoth boulders, caves, crevices, ledges, and an intricate maze of narrow chasms (or "streets") which generally run parallel to the contour lines of the mountain. The city is located on the far southeastern slope of Blackrock Mountain. Exploring this breathtaking area is an adventure that could last an entire day!

IMPORTANT: A lot of climbing and scrambling is required to explore Granite City and to find the cache, so dress accordingly. [Long pants and possibly a jacket if attempted in the winter. Some of the cracks and caves are like air conditioners with cool air blowing out from the bowels of the mountain.] ALSO, A FLASHLIGHT OR HEADLAMP IS ESSENTIAL TO FIND THE CACHE! Finally, although the cache is located in an area with a low-risk concern, there are numerous steep drop-offs in the city. Granite City requires caution and attentiveness. Children (and many adults) will find this place wilder than their most imaginative dreams but please be careful and keep them close.

Due to the overhanging nature of some of the cliffs and tricky position of the cache, THE COORDINATES ARE NOT FOR THE CACHE'S ACTUAL RESTING PLACE! The target coordinates above will lead you to a crack. Once at the crack, closely follow the directions listed below to find the cache.

(1) Once at the crack (Crack A in the photos) climb up into the crack, walk through a somewhat-tight squeeze (not impossible though), and drop down the other side.

(2) After you emerge from the crack, you will be standing at a 4-way intersection on another "street." To your left will be a dark, high, sheltered maze of boulders. To your right, the "street" slips down the slope. Turn right and head down the slope.

(3) At the bottom of the small slope, start looking for the entrance to a cave over on your left. The cache will be in the very back of the cave; turn around, look left and up. FLASHLIGHT OR HEADLAMP REQUIRED!!!

The cache is a medium-sized Lock&Lock container.

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