Geocaching & Letterboxing

Definitions & Guidelines for Participation at CCPRC Facilities
Geocaching
(Noun), is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, outdoors and then share your experiences online. People who enjoy geocaching come from all age groups and have a strong sense of community and support for the environment. Source: geocaching.com

Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission (CCPRC) Geocaching Guidelines
  • Geocaching participants must abide by all CCPRC park regulations.
  • Geocaches must be officially registered with Geocaching.com.
  • CCPRC park entrance fees apply.
  • Due to the sensitivity of barrier island habitat, geocaching is prohibited at Kiawah Beachwalker Park, Folly Beach County Park, Folly Beach Edwin S. Taylor Fishing Pier, Isle of Palms County Park, and Lighthouse Inlet Heritage Preserve (Old Coast Guard Base property).
Geocaching
  • All caches should be placed adjacent to existing trails to prevent negative impacts on habitat and property.
  • There should be no earth disturbance or vegetative impact to any site, nor should the cache be easily identifiable by the general public.
  • Cache containers shall be clearly labeled as a Geocache.
  • Caches shall not be placed in a plastic (PVC) pipe or ammunition box.
  • Caches shall not contain explosives, fireworks, ammunition, lighters, knives, drugs, alcohol, or other illicit material. Caches shall not contain food items or scented items.
  • Geocaches found in violation of any of these guidelines will be removed and treated as abandoned property, and the responsible person may be cited for littering.
Letterboxing
(Noun), Letterboxing is an intriguing mix of treasure hunting, art, navigation, and exploring interesting, scenic, and sometimes remote places. Someone hides a waterproof box somewhere containing at least a logbook and a carved rubber stamp, and perhaps other goodies. The hider then usually writes directions to the box (called "clues" or "the map"), which can be straightforward, cryptic, or any degree in between. Often the clues involve map coordinates or compass bearings from landmarks. When the hunter successfully deciphers the clue and finds the box, he stamps the logbook in the box with his personal stamp, and stamps his personal logbook with the box's stamp. The box's logbook keeps a record of all its visitors, and the hunters keep a record of all the boxes they have found in their personal logbooks. Source: Letterboxing.org.
Letterboxing
Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission (CCPRC) Letterboxing Guidelines
  • Letterboxing participants must abide by all CCPRC park regulations.
  • Letterboxes must be officially registered with Letterboxing.org.
  • CCPRC park entrance fees apply.
  • Due to the sensitivity of barrier island habitat, geocaching is prohibited at Kiawah Beachwalker Park, Folly Beach County Park, Folly Beach Edwin S. Taylor Fishing Pier, Isle of Palms County Park, and Lighthouse Inlet Heritage Preserve (Old Coast Guard Base property).
  • All letterboxes should be placed immediately adjacent to existing trails to prevent negative impacts on habitat and property.
  • There should be no earth disturbance or vegetative impact to any site, nor should the letterboxes be easily identifiable by the general public.
  • Letterbox containers shall be clearly labeled as a Letterbox.
  • Letterboxes shall not be placed in a plastic (PVC) pipe or ammunition box.
  • Letterboxes shall not contain explosives, fireworks, ammunition, lighters, knives, drugs, alcohol, or other illicit material. Letterboxes shall not contain food items or scented items.
  • Letterboxes found in violation of any of these guidelines will be removed and treated as abandoned property, and the responsible person may be cited for littering.