July 23, 2011 by wcobserver
By Megan Webb
For a lot of people geocaching is a way to spend quality time with their family, a significant other or friends. Geocaching is a new type of treasure hunt played with global positioning satellite (GPS). There are items in each cache and it is common for players to take “treasures” with them to exchange for another treasure. Each cache located in the park has a log book where the player can sign their name and describe their cache-finding experience as well as log the item they traded for. Geocaching is a lot of fun, especially in the state park.
Devil’s Den has a lot of locations that are perfect places to hide the geocache, however, there are a few steps that must be completed before playing can commence.
Procedures concerning geocaching in Arkansas State Parks are as follows:
A. Geocaches or waymarks established by the public will not be permitted at Conway Cemetery, the Herman Davis Memorial, Jenkins’ Ferry, the Louisiana Purchase, Mark’s Mill, Parkin, Poison Springs, Prairie Grove Battlefield, the South Arkansas Arboretum, or Toltec Mounds State Parks.
B. Placement of a cache on Department property must be secured with a permit. Any cache located on park property that does not exhibit the required affixed permit number is unauthorized and is subject to removal from its location and the owner subject to fines.
C. The person applying for a permit must provide a valid geocache user name, address, telephone number, email address, driver’s license number, and the website address on which the cache will be posted.
D. The exact location of the cache/waymark must be pre-approved by the Park Superintendent, whose main concern will be public safety and the prevention of undesirable impacts to natural, historical, and cultural resources.
E. The geocache/waymark name and number and exact cache location (including GPS coordinates) must be stated on the permit.
Geocaching is fun for all members of the family. If there are any questions please feel free to contact Devil’s Den visitor center at 479-761-3325. Permits are downloadable at http://www.arkansasstateparks.com/things-to-do/geocaching/ Come Cache in with Devils Den.