Brave the Bigfoot GeoTour

Spring is officially here!  After the winter weather has kept us cooped up, it is time to get outside again!  Belmont County offers a free, family-friendly, fun activity with a cryptid twist to get you outdoors and explore the unknown…with the Belmont County Bigfoot GeoTour.

Believe in the unseen, discover the mystery, embrace the adventure, and join an epic quest to find Bigfoot-themed geocache containers, of course! There’s nothing like a good sasquatch hunt – and odds are you’ll have something to show for it with the Belmont County Bigfoot GeoTour. From the scenic Ohio River to a Longhorn cattle ranch, from beautiful parks to historic landmarks, you just never know where you might encounter sasquatch-sized fun as you explore Belmont County. The Bigfoot-themed geocache containers could be hidden anywhere and will allow you to explore the surroundings of Belmont County, which you might have never experienced before. The Belmont County Bigfoot GeoTour (GT4DD) has 20+ geocaches just waiting for you to find and earn a trackable geocoin for those who complete the challenge.

What is Geocaching? It is an outdoor scavenger hunt using GPS-enabled devices, like a smartphone, to locate hidden treasures in plain sight. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache hidden at that location. Geocaching is fun for everyone: families, retirees, sightseers, outdoor adventurers, tech-lovers, and explorers. You never know what you might find hiding in the woods in friendly, beautiful Belmont County!

Want to play? The first thing to do is visit www.geocaching.com or download the official Geocaching app and register for a free account to search for active caches near you. Search by “GeoTour” and enter “GT4DD” to see all geocaches hidden as part of the Belmont County Bigfoot GeoTour. Once you have decided which cache you want to find first, use the coordinates to navigate to the hidden treasure. When you have found the cache, add your name to the logbook inside and copy the unique code. After signing the log, the cache must be placed back exactly where you found it.

Looking for even more adventure? While you are out exploring, also complete the Belmont County Bigfoot Adventure Lab and earn a Bigfoot t-shirt, too! Unlike traditional geocaching, Adventure Labs do not require a physical container but can be completed in tandem with the GeoTour. The Adventure Lab app guides players through the process of finding clues, solving puzzles, and completing adventures one location at a time. Learn local trivia, uncover hidden gems, and discover landmarks while exploring around the county. If you’re already a Geocaching member, these count as caches towards your Geocaching account’s statistics and total finds.

Here’s what others who have completed the Belmont County Bigfoot GeoTour had to say: 

“I thought for sure if I was going to find Bigfoot, I would’ve found him here. Dysart Woods is an amazing forest. Love the area. Spent a little bit of time looking around, enjoying the quiet solitude.”

This must be a place where Bigfoot spends considerable time – at least, I would if I were a big, hairy creature who wanted to steer clear of humans! I quickly found another of his “relaxation spots,” with a very distinct and familiar footprint.  A lot of effort was put into this for the community…or maybe, we have someone who just wants us to catch a glimpse of him.” 

“Awesome tour around Belmont County! Loved the historical points of interest. Thank you to everyone for all the hard work and cleverness put into it!”

Now is the perfect time to shake off the winter blues and embark on exciting adventures amidst nature’s blossoming beauty. Whether you’re a seasoned geocacher or a newcomer eager to explore, there’s no better time to explore and uncover hidden gems waiting to be discovered in friendly, beautiful, Belmont County. So, get outside, have some fun, and happy hunting! Seek, search, and have fun in Belmont County while completing the Belmont County Bigfoot GeoTour.

To find out more about the Belmont County Bigfoot GeoTour and all upcoming events happening in Belmont County this spring, check out visitbelmontcounty.com.

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