Are you ready to explore Northwest Florida's archaeology and
history? Forget your fedoras and bullwhips, and pick up a GPS device (or
download a GPS app to your smartphone)! The DARC Geo-Trail offers
everyone an outdoor adventure and chance of discovery...
Geocaching? What's Geocaching?
Geocaching is a worldwide scavenger hunt game. Players try to
locate hidden containers, called caches, using GPS enabled devices and
share their experiences online. Caches are often hidden very well, but
are never buried or placed in areas in need of protection. To learn more
about geocaching go to this official brochure or visit this website. You can also view this video. Please follow all basic guidelines and rules when geocaching.
A "geotrail" is a series of caches tied together by a common topic or
theme. Discover your Florida history through museums and archaeological
sites open to the public in the DARC Geo-Trail.
DARC stands for Destination Archaeology! Resource Center. FPAN has
hidden geocaches at participating sites across Northwest Florida to form
a geotrail called DARC Geo-Trail. All the sites on this geotrail are
connected to Florida archaeology and are featured in the Road Trip
Through Florida Archaeology exhibit at the Destination Archaeology!
Resource Center in Pensacola, FL.
Adventure and Discovery
Players who participate in this geotrail will have the opportunity
to visit many different types of archaeological sites at both rural and
urban areas while looking for caches.
A few of the places this journey will take you:
- Ancient Native American earthworks once built by civilizations long before Columbus set sail for the Americasâ€¦
- Plantations that fueled the southern economy and ultimately led the country to the Civil Warâ€¦
- Remnants of fortifications once put under siege during the American Revolutionâ€¦
- Antebellum industrial areas that once powered the economy of Florida â€¦
Chance to Win an Official DARC Geocoin!
The first 300 participants who record at least 15 sites will receive
a traceable, special edition geocoin produced specifically for this
To be eligible for the coin, please download the official DARC Geo-Trail passport here. You will need Adobe Acrobat to view and print this document. To download Adobe Acrobat, click here.
Once you find a geocache record the name, date, and code word (located
on the inside of the logbook) in this passport and take a photo of
yourself with the geocache container. The first person to find a
geocache will find an FPAN item inside!
Hereâ€™s how it works:
- Log onto www.geocaching.com to retrieve the coordinates and location information for the geocaches. Basic membership for site is free.
- Search for the geocache online by GC code number or use advanced search by user name â€śDARC Geotrail.â€ť
- Locate at least 15 DARC Geo-Trail geocaches and record the code
word from each geocache in your passport. Take a picture of yourself
with the geocache at the site and post it to the corresponding
- Bring in your completed passport to the address below or mail it
in for validation. The first 300 people to complete the challenge will
receive the coin.*
Destination Archaeology Resource Center
207 East Main Street
Phone: 850.595.0050 ext. 107
The DARC Geo-Trail is a project of the Florida Public Archaeology
Network and University of West Florida. This project is supported by the
Florida Park Service and the Florida Geocaching Association.
*Coins will be awarded on a first come first serve basis as supplies
last. Only one coin per person with a valid passport. Once your passport
has been validated you will be rewarded with a DARC geocoin. FPAN and
UWF are not responsible for any lost, stolen or misdirected passports or
mail. All geocaches will be officially registered at www.geocaching.com.
Participants will need to register at Geocaching.com to retrieve
coordinates and other location information for geocaches. Participants
must log the find with a photo from the cache location. Basic membership
to Geocaching.com is free.