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Public lands in Kentucky are managed by federal, state and local governments. Each agency has their own mission, which directs how they manage the lands under their jurisdiction. This means that policies for public use differ from agency to agency, and sometimes from area to area within a specific agency.

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PLEASE NOTE:
  • The land use information provided here is intended to help geocachers comply with Groundspeak's cache placement guidelines; cache owners must obtain permission for cache placement from the appropriate land owner or land manager.
  • Responsibility for meeting local land laws and policies rests with the cache owner and responsibility for law and policy enforcement rests with the land owner or manager.
  • This site is not a complete list of land policies and laws. If your area is not listed, do not assume that there are no land use laws or policies. The onus for determining land laws and policies is on the cache owner.
  • This page is a work in progress. Additional and updated land laws and policies concerning geocaching will be added as the information becomes available.
  • Follow the usage guidelines (below).
  • Questions? contact@groundspeak.com
  • Groundspeak respects the wishes of land managers and land owners.
  • The rules listed below are their rules, belonging neither to the reviewers nor to Groundspeak. Responsibility for meeting these rules rests with the cache owner and responsibility for enforcement of those rules rests with the land manager.
  • Note that this page is a work in progress. Other land policies concerning geocaching will be added as that information becomes available.

Daniel Boone National Forest

http://www.fs.fed.us/r8/boone/recreation/geocaching.shtml

The following rules apply when developing a geocache on this forest:

  1. Contact the District Ranger's office prior to development in order to inquire about any designated and/or "off limit" areas and to learn interesting facts that may enhance the educational value of your virtual cache.
  2. Caches should last no more than one year. Notify the District Office upon removal.
  3. Access routes and caches should avoid fragile areas, such as rock shelters, caves, bogs, wetlands, steep slopes, historic structures, and other sensitive sites. Do not use areas closed to the public.
  4. Follow all posted information for developed recreation sites.
  5. Do not interfere with or detract from other visitors' experiences.
  6. Do not dig soil or cut vegetation when developing a cache.
  7. Caches should be no more than 2 gallons in size.
  8. Only virtual caches are allowed in the Red River Gorge. These caches are allowed by permit only.
  9. Caches must not contain any food or hazardous materials.
  10. Containers must be labeled on the outside so that it would not be mistaken as containing hazardous materials.
  11. Caches need to be public, no member only or subscription caches.
  12. Permits are required for commercial events.
  13. No caches are allowed in Clifty or Beaver Creek Wilderness.
  14. Encourage friends and fellow geocachers to follow these guidelines.

Last Updated: March 22, 2005

Kentucky State Parks

Kentucky State Parks is a state agency mandated to provide outdoor recreation opportunities to the public while, at the same time, protect the states natural, cultural and historic resources. Many parks contain fragile habitats that can be damaged by foot traffic or have hazardous areas such as cliff-lines or sinkholes that may be pose a danger to visitors.  Rules have been established that safeguard each park's resources.  Following these rules ensures that everyone enjoys a quality experience with prime educational opportunities each time they visit.  Please help us protect these special areas for future generations.

These rules should be followed when considering the placement of a geocache on a state park.   Failure to do so will result in the removal of the cache by park staff.

  1. Geocachers must contact the park prior to their visit to obtain permission to place a geocache, and inquire about possible designated and/or  "off limit" areas.
  2. The following parks have dedicated state nature preserves on them:  Blue Licks Battlefield, Carter Caves, Cumberland Falls, John James Audubon, Kingdom Come, Natural Bridge, & Pine Mountain.  Geocaches are not allowed on state nature preserves.  Geocaches at these parks must be placed in appropriate areas of the park not dedicated at nature preserve.
  3. Activities must be confined directly to the trail, and refrain from having to get off the trail to place or hunt for a geocache. Caches shall be placed no more than an arm's length off park trails.  Do not access fragile areas, such as rockhouses, caves, bogs, wetlands, steep slopes, historic structures, and other sensitive sites.  Avoid areas closed to the public, or deemed unsafe.
  4. Follow all trail rules.  Trail systems and some parks, close at dark.
  5. Do not interfere, or detract from other park visitors' experiences.  Do not place the cache in high use visitation areas.
  6. Adhere to all other land use rules and posted information.
  7. Report any incidents, problems, or violations to the appropriate park staff.
  8. Encourage friends, and fellow geocachers to follow this policy. http://parks.ky.gov/geocaching/default.aspx

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission (KSNPC)

The Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission (KSNPC) is a state agency mandated to seek out the remaining high quality examples of Kentucky's original landscape and protect them in a system of nature preserves.  KSNPC also works with other public and private landowners to meet this mandate.

Rare plants and animals as well as intact natural communities are protected within the boundaries of state nature preserves from the Mississippi River to Pine Mountain and many places in between.  Many preserves contain fragile habitats that can be damaged by foot traffic or have hazardous areas such as cliff-lines or sinkholes that may be pose a danger to hikers.  Rules have been established that safeguard each preserve's natural resources, which are the primary focus of KSNPC's efforts.  Following these rules ensures that everyone enjoys a quality experience with prime educational opportunities each time they visit.  Please help us protect these special areas.

Please follow these rules when considering the placement of a Geocache on a state nature preserve:

  1. Only virtual caches may be developed for state nature preserves.  Nothing physical may be placed on these properties.  Contact the regional manager prior to development in order to inquire about any designated and/or "off limit" areas and to learn interesting facts that may enhance the educational value of your virtual cache. 
  2. All public visitors are restricted to the marked trail system.  Please keep your activities confined directly to the trail.  Referencing trail markers (where present) will aid in keeping visitors from attempting to leave the trail and go across country.  Do not access fragile areas, such as rockshelters, caves, bogs, wetlands, steep slopes, historic structures, and other sensitive sites. Do not use areas closed to the public, or deemed unsafe.
  3. Follow all preserve rules and all other land use rules and posted information for each site.
  4. Do not interfere with or detract from other visitors' experiences.
  5. Nature preserves are open sunrise to sunset only.
  6. Report any incidents, problems, or violations to the preserve manager.
  7. Encourage friends and fellow geocachers to follow these guidelines.

http://www.naturepreserves.ky.gov;

Boone County Parks

  1. Groups/individuals must stay on trails at Sperti Nature Park where hiking off trail can cause ecological damage.
  2. Groups/individuals must obey operating hours and park rules and must park in designated parking areas only.
  3. The owner of the cache should provide an email of request to the Parks Director listed below.
  4. Current cache owners who already have caches in Boone County Parks should send an email in the same manner as a new cache.
  5. Boone County Parks will respond to the request and will issue an approval number. Once this has been received the cache owner may seek approval from geocaching.com
  6. Park staff will remove all caches hidden without approval.
  7. As per standard Geocaching rules, no burying of caches is allowed anywhere in the Boone County Park system.
  8. Physical caches are not allowed in the following areas:
    1. Big Bone Landing
    2. Volpenhien Park
    3. Golf courses
    4. Union Pool area
    5. Anywhere there are gates locked/fences to keep visitors out.
    6. On the surface of any playing fields.
    7. If a cache or any part of a cache needs to be moved due to environmental impact, non-Geocachers finding it, etc. please resubmit the new coordinates and a new description of where the cache has been re-hidden.
    8. Note: Dinesmore is not Boone County Park property so permission would have to come from Dinesmore Homestead.

Requesting approval:

Send an email to dwhitehouse@boonecountyky.org with "Geocache Request" in the Subject Line.
Please include the following information in the Body of the email:

  1. Name, address and phone number of the owner.
  2. Include the name the cache will have on Geocaching.com.
  3. Coordinates of the cache location and the coordinates any steps to get to the cache if applicable (for multi caches).
  4. Name of the park where cache is to be hidden.
  5. Include a description of the cache container (Tupperware, ammo box, and film canister).
  6. If you include a parking suggestion include this in the request.
  7. Include if the cache is existing (hidden prior to May 1, 2007 only) or new cache.
  8. Include 1-2 sentences describing where the cache is hidden.

Do not include pictures, diagrams, figures etc. Requests that are submitted incomplete will be returned. Once approval has been granted, you will be given an approval number. Include this number at the bottom of your cache description when you post the cache for approval from geocaching.com.

The Boone County Parks cannot assume any liability for any geocache placement. Individuals place caches in Parks property at their own risk. This includes damage, destruction, and loss occurring to any geocache placement.

Moving Caches:

If a cache or any part of a cache needs to be moved due to environmental impact, non-Geocachers finding it, etc. please resubmit the new coordinates and a new description of where the cache has been re-hidden.
For more information, contact David Whitehouse at []

Boone County Parks and Recreation Geocache Rules

Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government Parks

  1. Groups/individuals must stay on trails at Raven Run and Mcconnell Springs where hiking off trail can cause ecological damage.
  2. Groups/individuals must obey operating hours and park rules and must park in designated parking areas only.
  3. The owner of the cache should provide an email of request to the Recreation Supervisor/Naturalist listed below.
  4. Current cache owners who already have caches in Lexington parks should send an email in the same manner as a new cache.
  5. LFUCG will respond to the request and will issue an approval number. Once this has been received the cache owner may seek approval from geocaching.com
  6. Park staff will remove all caches hidden without approval.
  7. As per standard Geocaching rules, no burying of caches is allowed anywhere in the LFUCG Park system.
  8. Physical caches are not allowed in the following areas:
    1. Phoenix Park
    2. Thoroughbred Park.
    3. Gratz Park.
    4. Riding Areas at Masterson (including cross-country courses, jump areas, dressage and lesson rings, paddock areas, and indoor arenas).
    5. Camp Kearney during the summer.
    6. Golf courses.
    7. Pool areas.
    8. Community Center grassy areas.
    9. Model Airplane Facility at Haley Pike.
    10. Anywhere there are gates locked/fences to keep visitors out.
    11. On the surface of any playing fields.

Note: Triangle Park is not LFUCG property so permission would have to come from Lexington Center Corp.

For more information, contact Michael Downs at cdowns@lexingtonky.gov

Requesting approval:

Send an email to cdowns@lfucg.com with "Geocache Request" in the Subject Line.

Please include the following information in the Body of the email:

  1. Name, address and phone number of the owner.
  2. Include the name the cache will have on Geocaching.com.
  3. Coordinates of the cache location and the coordinates any steps to get to the cache if applicable (for multi caches).
  4. Name of the park where cache is to be hidden.
  5. Include a description of the cache container (Tupperware, ammo box, and film canister).
  6. If you include a parking suggestion include this in the request.
  7. Include if the cache is existing (hidden prior to May 1, 2003 only) or new cache.
  8. Include 1-2 sentences describing where the cache is hidden.

Do not include pictures, diagrams, figures etc.  Requests that are submitted incomplete will be returned. Once approval has been granted, you will be given an approval number. Include this number at the bottom of your cache description when you post the cache for approval from geocaching.com.

The LFUCG Parks and Recreation cannot assume any liability for any geocache placement.  Geocachers place caches in Parks property at their own risk.  This includes damage, destruction, and loss occurring to any geocache placement.

Moving Caches:

If a cache or any part of a cache needs to be moved due to environmental impact, non-Geocachers finding it, etc. please resubmit the new coordinates and a new description of where the cache has been re-hidden.

Parks:

LFUCG maintains a complete list of Lexington-Fayette Parks at http://www.lfucg.com/parks/locations.asp.

Berea City Parks (Madison County)

The following are the policies for hiding caches in City of Berea Parks

  1. For the purposes of Geocaching, parks are open from daylight to dusk. Groups/individuals must obey operating hours and posted park rules
  2. Groups/individuals must park in designated areas only. No vehicles are allowed beyond the Berea Community School
  3. Groups/individuals are asked to stay on established trails at the City Park. Geocaches may be hidden up to 1 foot away from designated trails.
  4. Do not dig soil or cut vegetation when developing a cache.
  5. Park staff will remove all caches hidden without prior approval
  6. Do not interfere, or detract from other park visitors' experiences.
  7. In accordance with standard Geocaching rules, no burying of caches is allowed anywhere in the Berea Parks system
  8. The owner of the cache must provide an email of request to the Director listed below
  9. Please use common sense when hiding and seeking caches- do not compromise the safety of other park patrons.
  10. Physical Caches are not allowed in the following areas:
    1. Anywhere on or around the Acton Folk Center and the Intergenerational Center
    2. Anywhere on or around the Berea Swimming Pool
    3. Park construction sites
    4. On the surface of any playing fields
    5. Around the Parks Department Administrative Office
    6. On playgrounds
    7. Anywhere there are gates locked/fences to keep visitors out

Requesting approval:
Send an email to maggy@cityofberea.com with "Geocache Request" in the Subject Line.
Please include the following information in the Body of the email:

  1. Name, address and phone number of the owner
  2. Include the name the cache will have on Geocaching.com
  3. Coordinates of the cache location and any steps that will need to be taken to get to the cache
  4. Name of the park where the cache is to be hidden
  5. Include a description of the cache container (Tupperware, ammo box, film canister, bucket etc.)
  6. If you include a parking suggestion, include this in the request
  7. Include if the cache is existing (hidden prior to December 1, 2007) or new cache
  8. Include 1-2 sentences describing where the cache is hidden

Requests that are submitted incomplete will be returned. Once approval has been granted, you will be given an approval number. Include this number at the bottom of your cache description when you post the cache for approval from Geocaching.com

The Berea Parks and Recreation Department cannot assume any liability for any Geocaching placement. Geocachers place caches in Parks property at their own risk- this includes damage, destruction, and loss occurring to any geocache placement.

Moving Caches:
If a cache or any part of a cache needs to be moved due to environmental impact, non-Geocachers finding it, etc. please resubmit the new coordinates and a new description of where the cache has been re-hidden.

Parks:
The Berea Parks and Recreation Department maintains a complete list of Berea Parks at http://www.cityofberea.com/citypark.htm

Green River Area - US Army Corps of Engineers

(Barren River Lake, Green River Lake, Nolin River Lake and Rough River Lake)

The following rules should be adhered to when considering placing a geocache on US Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) property at Barren River Lake, Green River Lake, Nolin River Lake and Rough River Lake.

  1. Contact the Corps prior to placement of geocache to request permission to place a geocache (see request instructions outlined below).
  2. Geocaches may not be placed in areas that will pose a threat to security or to the safety of our visitors.
  3. Geocaches should be placed in previously disturbed areas, such as public recreation areas, adjacent to existing trails or adjacent to the shoreline. Do not place the cache in or near sensitive areas, such as wetlands, steep slopes, historic sites, etc.
  4. Geocaches should be in transparent containers and clearly identified as a geocache.
  5. Follow all Corps rules, regulations and other posted information.
  6. Keep in mind that some areas close at dark and may be gated to the public when closed.
  7. Do not interfere or detract from other visitors’ experiences. Do not endanger any visitors’ safety.
  8. Report any incidents, problems or violations to Corps staff.
  9. Failure to follow these items will result in removal of the cache from Corps property.

Instructions for requesting placement approval:
Send an email to LRL-Pagemaster-GRG@usace.army.mil with "Geocache Placement Approval Request" and the name of the applicable lake in the Subject Line.
Please include the following information in the Body of the email:

  1. Name, Geocaching.com name, address and phone number of the owner (picture identification may be requested).
  2. Include the name the cache will have on Geocaching.com.
  3. Coordinates of the cache location (if the cache is a multi-cache, please include coordinates for all of the steps).
  4. Name of the recreation area or trail where cache is to be hidden.
  5. Include all information posted on Geocaching.com for this cache, such as description of the cache container, suggested parking location, hours of operation (if applicable), etc.
  6. Include a description of the exact location of where the cache is hidden, be specific as possible.
  7. If at any point the cache or part of a multi-cache needs to be moved by the owner, the new location will need to be approved by following the process outlined above with submittal of the new coordinates and new supporting information.

Incomplete requests will be returned. Upon approval, the cache will be assigned an approval number. This number should be made available for the reviewer, so that the reviewer knows that this cache has been approved by the Corps. If the Corps representative does not approve the location of the cache, an email with the explanation of what corrective measures need to be taken to gain approval will by sent to the owner.

The Corps cannot assume any liability for any cache placement. Geocachers place and hunt caches on Corps property at their own risk. This includes any damage, destruction and loss occurring due to any cache placement.

Bernheim Arboretum & Research Forest

Bernheim welcomes responsible use of our public and near trail areas for:

  • Geocaching
  • Earthcaching
  • Letterboxing
  • Questing
  • Volksmarching
  • and other adventure activities that entail the use of Bernheim property for educational and recreational purposes initiated from adventure web sites.

In order to protect sensitive ecological areas and insure the safety of our visitors we require all use of Bernheim property for these activities to be approved in advance and appropriate for a family audience. We welcome the opportunity to work with you in the development of these activities. Please download our Cache Policy/Application Form.

All inquiries about placement of adventure activities at Bernheim should be directed to:
      Adventure Activity
      Bernheim Forest
      PO Box 130
      Clermont KY 40110
or by email to: nature@bernheim.org.

Berea College Forest & Other Owned Areas

Geocaching is allowed only the Indian Fort and Cross Country Trails (known to some as Brushy Fork).

The following are the policies for hiding caches at Brushy Fork and Indian Fort, on the Berea College Forest

  1. For the purposes of Geocaching, parks are open from daylight to dusk. Groups/individuals must obey operating hours and posted rules
  2. Groups/individuals must park in designated areas only: main lot on Hwy 21 for Indian Fort, and lot just south of campus, off Scaffold Cane road, for Brushy Creek.
  3. Groups/individuals are asked to stay on established trails at Brushy Fork and Indian Fort. Geocaches may be hidden up to an arm's length away from designated trails.
  4. Do not dig soil or cut vegetation when developing a cache.
  5. Park staff will remove all caches hidden without prior approval
  6. Do not interfere, or detract from other park visitors' experiences.
  7. In accordance with standard Geocaching rules, no burying of caches is allowed anywhere on the Berea College Forest.
  8. The owner of the cache must provide an email of request to the Director listed below
  9. Please use common sense when hiding and seeking caches- do not compromise the safety of other Berea College Forest patrons.
  10. Physical Caches are not allowed in the following areas:
    • Anywhere outside the Brushy Fork (south of campus) or Indian Fort (east of Berea, north side of Hwy 21) trail systems.
    • Anywhere on or around the cemetery near the trail at Brushy Fork (Cross Country Track).
    • Construction sites
    • Soccer fields, mowed areas, amphitheater, or restrooms.
    • Around the log cabin caretaker house, outbuildings or yard at Indian Fort.
    • Anywhere there are gates locked/fences to keep visitors out

Do not place the cache in or near sensitive areas, such as rockhouses, wetlands, steep slopes, historic sites, etc. Do not dig soil or cut vegetation when developing a cache.

For more information, contact Clint Patterson at Clint_Patterson@berea.edu

Requesting approval

Send an email to Clint_Patterson@berea.edu with "Geocache Request" in the Subject Line.

Please include the following information in the Body of the email:

  1. Name, address, and phone number of the owner.
  2. Include the name the cache will have on Geocaching.com.
  3. Coordinates of the cache location and the coordinates any steps to get to the cache if applicable (for multi caches).
  4. Name of the area where cache is to be hidden.
  5. Include a description of the cache container (Tupperware, ammo box, and film canister).
  6. If you include a parking suggestion include this in the request
  7. Include 1-2 sentences describing where the cache is hidden.
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