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There is a current moratorium on caching on the Appalachian Trail. This is because most of the Appalachian Trail is on property under the stewardship of the National Parks Service (NPS) which does not allow geocaching on their lands.
permits and encourages geocaching. See: link
Virginia Outdoors Foundation (VOF) is the landowner and manager of the Bull Run Mountains Natural Area Preserve (BRMNAP). VOF leases 800 acres of the southern portion of BRMNAP to Bull Run Mountains Conservancy, (BRMC). BRMC provides visitor management services. BRMC and VOF have established the following geocaching guidelines to assure good stewardship of the natural, cultural, and historical resources on the preserve. Geocaches may be placed on the 800-acre public preserve as long as they adhere to the following guidelines:
Contact Bull Run Mountains Conservancy at:
Bull Run Mountains Conservancy
P.O. Box 210
Broad Run, Virginia 20137
POC: Michael Kieffer (Executive Director)
"The BLM believes that geocaching is an appropriate casual use of public land, but, as use
increases or becomes a management issue in a particular area, the following minimum steps should be taken: 1) try to locate a person or group that is responsible for the cache and have them register the cache with the BLM. Make sure the cache is safe and environmentally sound, 2) prepare an environmental assessment or other appropriate National Environmental Protection Act document, 3) issue a letter of agreement or SRP with special stipulations to mitigate concerns, 4) if sites are not registered within a reasonable amount of time after notification, then the cache should be removed from public land, normally, the cache would be determined to be
abandoned property after 10 days unless the appropriate authorization has been obtained, 5) monitor the use to assess public health and safety and environmental protection issues, 6) if the activity/sport becomes too large and begins to conflict with other authorized use, appropriate steps should be taken to properly manage the activity." (See also link)
Unless specific permission is given, physical stages of caches should be outside cemeteries and not near graves. This is to comply with Virginia cemetery law and to be respectful of the area. Following are statutes regarding Virginia cemeteries and their application to geocaching:
have specific rules and require a permit. See here to download the park's guidelines and permit.
Blanket permission granted with these exceptions:
Please take note that caches currently located on the trail require a permit. Please use "guests of Friends of DHRT" if you do not wish to divulge personal information.
Part of the guidelines for cache placement include available geocache seeking hours (Park Hours?) placed on the cache page. Ensure your cache page meets this expectation, and if you own any grandfathered caches in FCPA parks, please update them to include the available seeking hours if you haven't done so already.
To ensure geocachers have read, understood, and their cache submission abides by the FCPA geocaching requirements, I'm requiring a reviewer note include either the TAX MAP ID, or the contact information for the person giving permission for your cache - along with the name of the park.
Blanket Permission provided the caches do not cause any problems or concerns
In Virginia, historic markers are installed and maintained by different agencies (cities, counties, historic groups, VDOT, and others). Geocaches may not be placed on/near markers which are maintained by the Department of Transportation. The responsibility for determining which agency/group maintains a historic marker belongs to the cache owner, and should be done prior to submitting a cache on/near a historic marker. There is a website which may be helpful in making the determination here.
in Virginia are off-limits to physical geocache placments. Visit Link
(George Washington and Jefferson National Forests). A permit is required. See link. The permit is $59. Contact the ranger in charge of the area.
managed land in Virginia are off-limits to physical geocache placements without a special usage permit.. Visit Link
Effective 1/1/2010 this policy affects all Newport News Green Foundation Areas
These locations are OFF LIMITS to caches: http://www.nngreen.com/properties.html
If you own caches in any of these areas, please remove them.
Effective 3/1/2007 this policy applies to all Newport News Parks
Some Newport News Parks general guidelines in addition to those in the geocaching.com cache submission guidelines
land in Virginia are generally considered off-limits to physical geocache placements. This includes but is not limited to areas directly on the official A.T. corridor, and the Cascades National Recreation Trail.
We have received communication that, "due to the sensitive nature of placing caches on the ODU campus we want to make sure all considerations are being made before any new cache is placed; we want to make sure all possible involved parties are made aware. For example campus safety, academic buildings, etc. Please refer the cachers to me if they would like to plot a cache." Allyson Kelly
From the Director: There are no restrictions - if you want to go look at possibilities that is fine. Please let us know where and what it looks like in case citizens think it is something strange or in case security sees people doing what might appear to them as strange behavior -(constantly reaching under a bench). Otherwise, as long as it is not destructive or does not create a citizen nuisance or maintenance problem, we are okay with it. Just let us know specifically where and in what form and we will most likely be fine with it or give you an alternative if that location does not work.
Michael Morris, Director
Portsmouth Parks, Recreation and Leisure Services
801 Crawford Street
Portsmouth VA 23704
chief naturalist now requires advance permission prior to placing caches in this park. The current limit will be 3 caches, with dibs being given to those who already had a cache there and may be merely relocating slightly to meet the park management's requests.
Prince William County Park Authority welcomes new caches in PWC parks as long as geocachers first email Eric Wysocki, with the following cache information:
Charlottesville Not allowed at this time.
§18.2-159. Trespassing on railroad track.
Any person who goes upon the track of a railroad other than to pass over such road at a public or private crossing, or who willfully rides, drives or leads any animal or contrives for any animal to go on such track except to cross as aforesaid, without the consent of the railroad company or person operating such road, shall be guilty of a Class 4 misdemeanor. A second violation of the provisions of this section occurring within two years of the first violation shall be punishable as a Class 3 misdemeanor. A third or subsequent violation of the provisions of this section occurring within two years of a second or a subsequent violation shall be punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor. This section shall not apply to any section of track which has been legally abandoned pursuant to an order of a federal or state agency having jurisdiction over the track and is not being used for railroad service.
For purposes of this section, track shall mean the rail, ties, and ballast of the railroad.
(Code 1950, §18.1-148; 1960, c. 358; 1975, cc. 14, 15; 1993, c. 845.)
staff needs to approve the location of caches. Also caches placed ANYWHERE on ANY Reston Common areas are limited to members and require permission and have guidelines Visit Link 703-435-6518703-435-6518 NOTE: There are some areas within Reston which are not governed by the Reston Association including the "Reston Town Center" area. Care should be taken to acquire permission where required. Cache owners should be prepared to demonstrate whether permission is required.
Geocache in Shenandoah County parks require prior permission
Contact Park Official Jered Hoover
Virginia Department of Transportation ("VDOT")
Virginia Department of Transportation ("VDOT") has prohibited all caches on property they own or maintain, thus no street sign caches, no guardrail caches, no median caches, no utility pole caches, no roadside caches, no historic marker caches (on/near markers maintained by VDOT, (see section on historic markers above)and so forth. In Virginia, the state has preeminence over local governments and localities may not set their own rules unless specifically provided for by the state. We have been advised that placing, seeking, finding or monitoring a cache on VDOT-controlled property will be considered a crime, a violation of Title 24 of the Virginia Administrative Code, a Class IV Misdemeanor. VDOT has extended the prohibition of geocaches to all Virginia rest areas as well as other VDOT maintained property. A list of those rest stops can be viewed here
at this time, geocaching is permitted in Virginia State Forests. Walking, hiking, or boating is permitted without a State Forest Use Permit. For a list of all Virginia State Forests see link.
Permit required plus a geocaching sticker must be applied to the cache (available from park ranger). This process has been established:
Geocaches in the Town of Warrenton are prohibited except for geocaches hidden by the Town of Warrenton Parks and Recreation.
Contact Lt Gary Ryan for details. His direct phone is 757 221-1152757 221-1152. This information comes from John Coleman (former contact) on April 14, 2012.