One unique way to experience Eau Claire's outdoors is through geocaching! If you're not familiar with what geocaching is, it's essentially a giant outdoor treasure hunt that spans the entire world. Whether you're a first-timer or a seasoned old pro, try your hand at geocaching in Eau Claire and see what you can find! Here are a handful of spots in Eau Claire where other geocachers have been successful.
Note: Coordinates for hidden caches & guidelines for playing can be found at geocaching.com.
1. Chippewa River State Trail
Part of the Chippewa Valley Trail system runs from Eau Claire to Durand. It is also home to several caches, most rated mild in terrain and difficulty. Please note, if you plan on biking or inline skating to a cache, a trail pass is required.
2. Lowes Creek County Park
Two hundred and fifty acres of the park offer lots of trails for hiking, mountain biking and cross-country skiing. It also holds a lot of hidden caches. Wear sturdy shoes, as some caches have a more moderate terrain rating. Note: A county park pass is required.
3. Carson Park
Nestled inside Half Moon Lake, Carson Park is a favorite for locals and visitors alike. What you may not have known is that this historic park also hides some clever caches. Most have mild difficulty and terrain ratings, but a few may have you feeling like a pro if you attain them.
4. Highway 12 Bike Path
The bike trail along Clairemont Avenue offers a series of caches. Mild in terrain and difficulty, but they are well maintained by their owner and are “winter friendly.”
5. Putnam Trail
For those ambitious geocachers, looking to work hard for the prize, Putnam Trail has a handful of well-hidden caches that require scaling some challenging terrain.
6. Anywhere you haven't gone before
Part of the fun of geocaching is discovering new locations to explore. So go online, find some coordinates and see where they lead you! Happy geocaching!