The Martinsburg-Berkeley County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and WVTim partnered to place this new (2016) and most unique Geotrail. There will be 15 geocaches in this exciting new trail. Many of the caches will not only be “gadget” caches, but many will be powered by a microprocessor, making them "SMART". They will actually interact with you based on your actions, location or something you do. Whether you are taking the time to earn a coin or not, I'm sure you will find the caches on this trail to be unique and challenging.
The first 450 households to find 13 of the 15 will earn their SCBC trackable geocoin. "SCBC 8 - Night Cache"(GC6CR83) is the only REQUIRED cache. Each site will have a code word to collect. Rack cards to record these words can be picked up at the I-81 rest stops or at the Berkeley County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
(THE PIC TO THE RIGHT IS PART OF THE INSIDE OF THIS CACHE, looking closely you can see the computer, the breadboard, the back of the switches, the motor and of course the wiring.).
The Berkeley County Convention and Visitors Bureau is located at 126 East Race Street, Martinsburg, WV 25401. Their phone number is (304-264-8801). Open 7 days a week; 9am – 5 pm weekdays and 9:00-4:00 weekends. For more information on visiting Martinsburg and surrounding areas, visit Martinsburg Visitor's Center.
Coins will NOT be mailed out. Please refer to the passport for complete validation instructions. We request that all family units, having more than one Geocaching.com caching account, accept one (1) SCBC coin for the trail. This enables us to spread the most smiles to those who visit SMART Caches of Berkeley County Geotrail.
Geocachers have awarded the caches in Berkeley County over 22,000 favorite votes, making Berkeley County one of the best caching counties in the country. We hope, you plan a caching trip here soon. Please let us know, if we can do anything to help making your visit more enjoyable.
This is a very diverse trail. It has something for all different geocaching interest, a couple nice hikes (<2 miles), some urban caches, a couple cache that requires teamwork, a night cache, a couple physical challenges, "SMART" ammo cans and of course the all to familiar infamous WVTim birdhouses. Each cache is different and in some cases very challenging. There are enough options if you find a cache that you believe is beyond your physical capabilities either skip that one or in one case I provided an alternative solution for solving for the faint of heart. YOU WILL NEED TO READ THE CACHE PAGES on this trail - many of the caches will require you to bring something "like" different types of batteries, matches, flashlights, water, etc, all will require you to bring your A game. If you don't read the cache pages, you will NOT be prepared to solve some of these SMART caches. With the sophistication and expense of these caches we would like to ask you please read instructions carefully and handle them with care..
ONE other geotrail in this cache friendly county is still active, Mystery Caches of Berkeley County (GC5NEER) Although there are NO coins left for the GBC trail, it is the single most favorited geotrail in the United States and it is right here in Berkeley County. So, if you are looking for GREAT caches you should do the the very popular Gadgets of Berkeley County (GC4XCH3)
This is a unique trail in two ways.
First: Eleven (11) caches on this trail are a joint effort between two cachers, one in the US and one in Germany. My German friend Olaf (his GC nick is th10gt) and I have emailed daily for nearly a year in development of many of the caches on this trail. Emails sharing ideas, sketches and computer code has not only resulted in this extraordinary trail but a great friendship. Your search will lead you to find a collaborative effort of hundreds of emails, videos and facetime calls. th10gt has many of these same caches (different names) active in Germany.
Second: It might be one of the only "SMART" gadget trails in the world. There are many other cache creators in the US building micro processor based geocaches, a few come to our mind we would like to thank for their encouragement and assistance - e.g. hyliston , djwhouse, and ventura_kids. We hope all our efforts give you a most enjoyable experience. Have fun and enjoy your journey.
This cache can only be accessed while the CVB is open, see hours above. Well, I said the cache is "SMART". So now you can test yourself against the computer. Trust me, it can easily beat you, but we have programmed the threshold low enough that it should be challenging but doable. After 10 successful entries you will be rewarded with the log and the find. The cache is smart and it "might" give you a break, but do your best. If you solve it with 10 entries you're a - Genius, 9 - Smart, 8 - Average, 7 - A work in progress, 6 - maybe you need to go back to school.
To start, flip the switch on the right side of the box. Select any color to begin. Then watch for the first color to blink. Then start duplicating the colors it gives you. Better be quick, its a computer inside so it is timing your every move. Please turn the switch off when finished. No need to pull or pry. Please don't put SWAG or Trackables in the compartment with the log, there is a drawer underneath the cache for SWAG and trackables.
About the location:
The cache is at the historic Belle Boyd home. This location also houses the Martinsburg Berkeley County Visitor's Bureau and of course permission was granted. This is the same location you can pick up your passports, turn in your passports, and be awarded the coin you will have EARNED by completing this unique trail .