This list contains useful information about a number of parks in the area. In each section you will discover the guidelines that have been set down with regards to geocaching. Thus far we have seven parks listed. They are located as far north as Dayton and all the way into Kentucky. If you have any information about an area park district that is not listed here come on into our forum and let us know. We would be grateful to add the information here for everyone to use.Kentucky State Nature Preserves
Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission
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 Kentucky state nature preserve:
- 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.
- 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.
- Follow all preserve rules and all other land use rules and posted information for each site.
- Do not interfere with or detract from other visitors' experiences.
- Nature preserves are open sunrise to sunset only.
- Report any incidents, problems, or violations to the preserve manager.
- Encourage friends and fellow geocachers to follow these guidelines.
Eastern and Central RegionsDavid Skinner (502) 573-2886
Southeastern Region Kyle Napier (606) 633-0362
Western Region Lane Linnenkohl (270) 745-7005
Public property. They ask that all park rules are followed when searching for a cache, especially staying on official park trails. MetroParks will issue alimited number of permits for the placement of these caches. Contact Mary Klunk, Land Stewardship Specialist, by phone (937) 696-3073 or e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org. They even have a geocaching link on their homepage now! We have an approval form with more details about cache placing in this system located in the files section of the OKIC website.
Public property. Greene County Parks will issue a limited number of permits for placement of geocaches. Contact Cris Barnett at The Narrows Reserve on Indian Ripple Rd. in Beavercreek at 937-429-9540 or 937-562-7469 or email@example.com for more information. An approval form will be posted in the Files section of this forum soon.
Private property. MEEC will approve a limited number of geocache placements. Contact Dr. Leanne Jablonski, MEEC Director, Saint Joseph Hall, 4435 East Patterson Rd. in Beavercreek at 937-429-3582 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. They currently have no approval form process and rely on the Land Steward to hike-out with you to approve your placement. Very nice folks and want us associated with them (so far) (see Cherry Praire cache, GCG84F)
Hamilton County Parks Department
Some HTML code to place on your cache page can be found here.
An approval form can be found here.
- Must use a normal type of container. (ie, it cannot resemble a pipe bomb or otherwise cause alarm to the public, etc.) and you must provide a description of the box.
- The box must be placed on or near an authorized trail. An authorized trail is one that is maintained by the HCPD’s Trail Crew, usually has either asphalt, crushed gravel or wood chip base. The container cannot be placed more than 25 feet from the trail. The container cannot be placed in any unsafe areas (ie, near a steep embankment).
- Placement or access to the container cannot damage park property or vegetation.
- All materials must be safe and appropriate for families and children.
- Requesting party is responsible for checking the container contents, as well as it’s proper location.
- The HCPD must be given the actual location of each container. (For example, The container is .5 miles into the Oakleaf Trail, under the log to the right of the trail sign that is titled What Good is Dead Wood?).
- Each request will be given a registration number by the HCPD that must be visible on the outside of each container.
- The HCPD will record the name, address, phone number and if applicable, the e-mail address of the requesting party associated with the container.
- Annual renewal is required for all active boxes by January 31st of each year.
- The requesting party must abide by all Park District By-Laws.
The Cincinnati Park District follows the same rules set forth by the Hamilton County Park District with the exception of the need for a permit.
950 Eden Park Drive
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Phone: (513) 352-4080
Ohio State Parks
If you are considering establishing a cache on property owned or managed by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, (State Parks, State Forests, State Nature Preserves, State Wildlife Areas) please adhere to the following guidelines to avoid legal complications and/or prosecution
- Always consult the local facility manager for permission before establishing a cache. Many are eager to help determine safe, scenic, and fun locations.
- Traditional caches are NOT permitted on State Nature Preserves or Wildlife Areas – virtual caches only. Illegally placed caches will be removed.
- State Parks Phil Hoffman (614) 265-6561
- State Forests Don Karas (614) 265-6694
- State Nature Preserves Ron Demmy (614) 265-6453
- State Wildlife Areas Jennifer Windus (614) 265-6330