Adventure Awaits: Explore Michigan’s Great Outdoors with Geocaching

Are you looking for a fun new way to get active outdoors? Geocaching may be the exciting new activity you’re looking for.

If you’re camping in Michigan this summer, plan ahead and see what’s available to hunt for near your campsite. Looking for a quick activity with the kids? See what caches you can find in your neighborhood!

Here are a few tips to get started:

What is geocaching?

Geocaching is an interactive game where users search for tangible objects or treasures hidden just about anywhere you can imagine. Players can use a traditional GPS, or a map app on a smartphone by plugging in coordinates found online. Whether you are searching in urban or rural areas, most likely there is a cache to be found somewhere.

Who is this activity good for?

This sport is great for anyone craving a little adventure. Caches can be easy or difficult to find, making the activity exciting for any age. Geocaching is especially great for senior citizens, encouraging them to stay active, get outside and appreciate nature. It serves as a positive mental challenge incorporating a healthy amount of walking as you search for a cache.

Best places to geocache in Michigan

If you’re heading out of town for a weekend up north, in the woods or by the water, check to see if your vacation is near one of these Michigan trails (without giving you any spoilers)! Here are a few other cities to explore.

  • Marquette: This Upper Peninsula city is full of unique hiking spots featuring waterfalls along Dead River and treks around Presque Isle.
  • Empire: This city is not just for the dunes. Experience geocaching adventures in “the most beautiful place on earth.” In this city, hunting for a cache can lead you to spectacular views along Lake Michigan. Check out the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail. 
  • Muskegon: Experience all day caching fun while bike riding for miles along the Muskegon Lakeshore and Musketawa Trails.
  • South Haven: Kal-Haven Trail Sesquicentennial State Park provides great opportunities for geocaching.
  • Mackinac Island: On the island for vacation? Find an earthcache while you bike around the eight mile loop.
  • Bellaire: Just a short distance from your stay at Torch Lake, you can search for treasures on the Grass River Natural Area Trail. Stop for refreshments at Short’s Brewery.
  • Vanderbilt: The Shingle Mill Pathway contains a series of caches along the trail you can find while you enjoy the serenity of Pigeon River.

Ready to explore? Click here to get started playing in the world’s largest treasure hunt.

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