Beginning in the 17th Century, a Colonial trading path meandered through this area of Cabarrus County. The trail ran from southern Virginia to the lands of the Catawba and Waxhaw Indians in southern North Carolina.
This geocache will take you to a marker for that old path and it will take you to a new path - the first completed section of the Harold B. McEachern Greenway. This first section of the greenway opened in the summer of 2004, but the full project is still a long way from completion. The beginning of the greenway is at N35° 24.073, W80° 33.483. You can park at Les Myers Park, just up the street.
Bring a pen or pencil to sign the log. This is a 2-Stage cache – one clue and a final cache box that is a traditional micro container, too small to hold anything but the log. The coordinates listed above will place you at a roadside historical marker. Park on the one-way street near this marker. Close to that marker you will find a concrete post designating the street address for the property at this corner. There are two different 3-digit numbers on that concrete post. Add the two numbers then subtract 1319 and put the results behind the decimal point in the North coordinate for Stage 2.
Stage 2 (the cache) is located at: N35° 24. _ _ _ , W80° 33.609
From the 1st clue position, follow Union Street to N35° 23.612, W80° 33.895 and turn on Lawndale. Ample parking is located at Myers Park: N35° 23.947, W80° 33.509. The trailhead is at N35° 24.073, W80° 33.483.
At the cache location, do not go down to the creek and do not go out onto the highway!!!!
NOTE: If you have time (and haven’t found them yet) do the legwork (roadwork) for CABARRUS GEMS and CHESS - CONCORD STYLE geocaches before you head down the McEachern Greenway. The cache for both of those hunts is on the same trail - why walk it three times! Just be sure to note the hours of operation for the second leg of CABARRUS GEMS before you head out there. Thanks for hunting my caches.