MARYLAND MUNICIPAL LEAGUE GEOCACHE TRAIL

The Maryland Municipal League, with the gracious help of sponsor/partners, the Maryland Geocaching Society, ESRI, KCI Technologies, Inc,

Local Government Insurance Trust (LGIT), Stearns & Wheeler LLC, and the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau,

is the first Municipal Association in the country to launch a statewide city/town Geocache Trail.

MML created the Geocache Trail to promote awareness of and visits to Maryland's cities and towns, with the goal of helping to stimulate

economic development in Maryland's municipalities. This effort taps into the rapidly growing high-tech tourist trade that is not limited to any

particular age group. Discovering a geocache is very much like going on a treasure hunt using a hand-held GPS (Global Positioning System)

to plot map coordinates to locate the treasure or "cache." The geocacher must access the official geocache web site www.geocaching.com,

go to the MML account and download or manually enter the map coordinates for each cache on the Maryland Municipal League Geocache Trail,

and then use the GPS to find the caches. It is deceptively easy.

A geocache trail is a series of geocaches tied together by a common theme. The theme of the Maryland Municipal League Geocache Trail

is celebrating Maryland's Cities and Towns. The trail is comprised of 78 city/town caches located in the 11 MML Districts (regions)

throughout the state. A collectible, highly coveted geocache coin will be given to the first 500 geocachers who locate a minimum of 22 city/town

caches throughout the state. To be eligible for the coin, geocachers must pick up a passport at any participating visitor center, use the stamp

in each cache on their passports and write in the cache code word. After at least 2 municipal caches in each of the 11 districts are discovered,

geocachers may return to any one of the participating county visitor centers and have their passports validated to receive a collectible coin.

Passports may continue to be used even after all coins have been claimed as a way for geocachers to keep track of their Maryland Municipal

League Geocache Trail discoveries.

Since 1 Jan 2009 the Town of Hancock has had 516 visitors to its cache. GPS Coordinates for the cache are:

Normal GPS Coordinates (WGS84 Datum)
Decimal 39.69942 -78.18395
DDD MM.MMM N 39° 41.965 W 078° 11.037
DDD MM SS.SSS N 39° 41' 57.9012" W 78° 11' 02.2200"
Older Datum (NAD27)
DECIMAL 39.69939 -78.18424
DDD MM.MMM N 39° 41.964 W 078° 11.054
DDD MM SS.SSS N 39° 41' 57.8112" W 78° 11' 03.2676"

 

 

For additional information you may call Dave or Virginia at 301-678-5622, Town of Hancock Municipal Office

126 West High Street, Hancock, Md 21750

FOR MML LEAGUE PARTICIPATION

AND TO REVIEW THE COMMENTS OF THE GEOCACHERS

CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW - VERY INTERESTING COMMENTS

http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?guid=5a8fdaec-b8dc-4cc5-8e6d-109ed69383e9