The Alabama State Parks are please to announce the kickoff of the 2012 Geocaching Challenge. The official kickoff will take place at Lakepoint Resort State Park with two days of events beginning on Friday, April 13th and concluding on Saturday, April 14th.

The kickoff will begin with a reception at 7:00 p.m. on Friday night, April 13th,  in the Magnolia room at the Lakepoint State Park Lodge. The kickoff continues Saturday morning, April 14th with events planned at pavilions two and four in the campground day use area. A CITO (Cache In-Trash Out) event will begin at 9 a.m. at pavilion two. At pavilion four a cache contest will begin with registration at 9 a.m. and the contest beginning at 10 a.m. Voting on the caches will begin at noon with the winners announced later in the day. First place will be a free weekend at Lakepoint Resort State Park and you choose the amenities you want to stay in. Second place is a weekend of camping at Chewacla State Park Campground during football season. And third place is a weekend at any Alabama State Park. Also, at pavilion four there will be a noon event that will include speakers, lunch, the cache contest winners and the announcement of the cache coordinates. Attending this event will get you a 24 hour head start on geocachers waiting for the coordinates to be placed on the website.

The Challenge

The Alabama Geocaching Challenge will consist of caches in each of our 22 state parks. To complete the challenge you will have to visit each park and locate the cache. All of our caches are not easy to access. There is a reason we are calling this a challenge. Finding the cache, in many cases, is just the beginning. Each cache will contain clues, a first finder’s prize and a log book. Document the clues because you will need them to get through the grand finale, a puzzle cache located at the lodge at Lakepoint Resort State Park. Once you have completed the Challenge and successfully opened the Puzzle Cache, you will be rewarded a specially designed and produced Alabama State Parks Geocaching coin. Most of our caches will be kid friendly, meaning there will be interesting items in the caches for the kids. But remember, if you take a prize; leave a prize so those behind you will have something waiting for them.

A second coin is being produced that will be sold in the State Parks Gift Shops. This coin will come in two versions. A trackable and non-trackable coin.

Make plans to attend this exciting kick-off event today. For reservations call Lakepoint Resort State Park Lodge at 334-687-8011. We hope to see you there!

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