Fayetteville, NC Turns Techie, Giving Visitors a New Reason to Use Their GPS

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Travelers can use technology to delve into the area’s cultural heritage on 750+ miles of driving trails. Fayetteville/Cumberland County’s themed Cultural Heritage Trails, which feature everything from patriotism to architecture to military routes, can now take participants on a high-tech treasure hunt using hand-held GPS devices with the new geocaching game called the Greater Fayetteville GPS Trail Trek.

Fayetteville/Cumberland County’s themed Cultural Heritage Trails, which feature everything from patriotism to architecture to military routes, can now take participants on a high-tech treasure hunt using hand-held GPS devices with the new geocaching game called the Greater Fayetteville GPS Trail Trek. The goal of geocaching, a relatively inexpensive pastime that has grown in popularity over the past decade with roughly three to four million active geocachers worldwide, is to find as many containers as possible, which are hidden outdoors at pre-specified coordinates in publicly accessible locations. The containers, often referred to as caches, usually house a wide range of trade items, which may be taken as long as they are replaced with another item provided by the geocacher.

The excitement of discovering new places and new caches has been drawing people to the sport of geocaching, many of whom have gone so far as to plan vacations based on locations that have geocaching available. “Fayetteville is a great place to geocache because of all the history we have here waiting to be discovered and is one of only a few towns in North Carolina to have an official geocaching game,” said John Meroski, president and CEO of the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. “We hope that the Greater Fayetteville GPS Trail Trek not only attracts visitors to the area, but also allows them to see the cultural diversity of Fayetteville/Cumberland County. Even locals have the opportunity to go out and explore things they may not have known were right in their own backyard.”

Through 13 different pre-planned itineraries, Fayetteville/Cumberland County’s Cultural Heritage Trails allow visitors and residents alike to explore the area’s local and American history. Using the African-American Heritage; All-American Adventure; American Independence; Civil War; Gaelic Beginnings; Historic Architecture; Paths, Plank Roads and Planes; Patri-arts and Gardens; Patriots Past and Present; Religious Freedom; Lafayette; International Cuisine; and Historical Markers trails, the Greater Fayetteville GPS Trail Trek will expose participants to sites and destinations they otherwise may not have chosen to explore, and learn things they never knew about the area. Ammo boxes, which will serve as the cache boxes, will be hidden in 10 sites among the 13 trails and will be pre-stocked with local patriotic trinkets and a logbook for participants to record their visit. Geocachers will be aided by an official Trail Trek guide providing game rules, as well as the coordinates and clues required to locate the various ammo boxes.

Geocaching produces benefits beyond exposure to new places – it promotes venturing outdoors in a world that is consumed by indoor activities. Often touted as a grown-up version of a scavenger hunt, geocaching can be performed by individuals but is perfect for groups such as local and traveling families, friends, school classes, youth groups and other groups looking for team building exercises. In the end, it’s not about the trinket from the cache, it’s about the journey with friends or family members and the expansion of cultural knowledge through the introduction and exposure to new places.

Geocachers can obtain an official Trail Trek guide from the FACVB at http://www.visitfayettevillenc.com/geocaching, and can become a fan of the Greater Fayetteville GPS Trail Trek on facebook.

About the FACVB:
The Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is a private, not-for-profit organization responsible for positioning Fayetteville/Cumberland County as a destination for conventions, sporting events and individual travel. For additional information, visit http://www.visitfayettevillenc.com or call 1-800-255-8217. Fayetteville/Cumberland County is the America's first military sanctuary. Through the Army's Army and other volunteer groups, our citizens and businesses are dedicated to watching over those who watch over us.

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