This cache is one of a series of caches hidden along the "fire road" on top of Cacapon Mountain in the beautiful Cacapon Resort State Park. This scenic state park is located just off of Route 522 in WV, not very far north of Winchester, VA.
When you enter the park, just follow the signs to the Mountain Overlook. The parking lot/overlook coordinates are N 39 28.243 W 078 20.646. The road to the overlook starts out paved and turns to gravel for about 4 miles to get you to the top. For trucks and Jeeps, this will be a breeze, but any car that doesn’t have a very low clearance shouldn’t have any trouble as the road is maintained pretty well. While the road to the top is closed from October to March, as far as we can tell the trails remain open year round. There is a 5 mile loop that will get you to the top if you’re up for a hiking challenge. The normal park hours are 6 AM till dark.
Visit www.cacaponresort.com for detailed park information.
The cache is placed off the gated fire road heading to the north of the overlook. The gate is at N 39 28.266 W 078 20.626. The idea is to enjoy the walk and only bushwhack when necessary. There is very little undergrowth here so it's not really even bushwhacking. Our coords have this cache at 2 miles from the parking lot.
Please Note: We recommend NOT taking the frontal assault path to this cache. As you approach it, your GPSr will tell you to bear off and head up through some rock outcroppings. Follow the trail where it cuts to the left a bit, then back to the right and up the hill. After you get up the hill so far, the terrain becomes much less rocky and you can walk the ridge back towards the cache. We have added a waypoint of the spot we prefer.
Please pay attention to your surroundings. These rocks are home to some creatures you do NOT want to not blunder into. Walking sticks are useful items for poking into places you wouldn't want to put your hands into. Please be careful...
The cache itself is a medium sized ammo can, initially containing some geocaching buttons, lock, a WG$, playing cards, and other assorted trade items, as well as a log book and pencil.
The Wandering Panhandlers