Great Lakes Seaway Trail - Sixty four - count ‘em - 64 Great Lakes Seaway Trail geocaches are now in place, with another 11 to follow soon, for those who enjoy exploring with their GPS (Global Positioning System) unit in hand. Geocaching.com reports there are as many as 4-5 million geocachers worldwide. At least 10 ammo boxes emblazoned with the new Great Lakes Seaway Trail logo have been placed in each of five regions (Lake Erie, Buffalo/Niagara Falls, Rochester/Central Lake Ontario, Eastern Lake Ontario, and 1000 Islands/St. Lawrence River) comprising the 518-mile America's Byway that parallels the freshwater shoreline of New York and Pennsylvania. Each cache has a uniquely-shaped punch that cachers will use to mark their Great Lakes Seaway Trail GeoTrail logbooks. Once cachers find 10 caches in a region, they can have their logbook validated to receive the distinctive Great Lakes Seaway Trail GeoCoin for that region. The series of five elegantly-designed antique-metal finish coins features the Flagship Niagara, Niagara Falls and the Maid of the Mist tour boat, Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse, historic Fort Ontario, and an oceangoing ship on the St. Lawrence River. "This new Great Lakes Seaway Trail GeoTrail provides a new recreational, historic, cultural and outdoor adventure for travelers to experience the full 518-mile length of the byway," says Seaway Trail, Inc. President and CEO Teresa Mitchell. Great Lakes Seaway Trail Project Manager Kurt Schumacher says, "This new economic development initiative linking the Great Lakes Seaway Trail to GPS-guided treasure-hunting along the byway's full length is a fabulous way to drive new travelers into our shoreline communities and their accommodations, restaurants, shops and services." Great Lakes Seaway Trail GeoTrail developer James "Boots" Hooper says he believes this is the longest linear geotrail in the U.S. "The beautiful landscapes and waterfront, historic sites and natural found only along this unique byway await Great Lakes Seaway Trail geocachers," says Hooper, a member of the National 4-H Geospatial Science Taskforce, the New York State 4-H Geospatial Leadership Team, and the Rochester-based GeoRoc online community. Logbooks for the entire GeoTrail are available at the locations below. Each location is also a pick-up point for the GeoCoin for their individual region. The Seaway Trail Discovery Center in Sackets Harbor, NY will have each of the 5 regional coins available.: Lake Erie Region
- Tom Ridge Environmental Center, 301 Peninsula Drive, Suite 1, Erie, PA 16505
- Niagara USA Official Visitor Center, 10 Rainbow Blvd., Niagara Falls, NY 14303
- VisitRochester, 45 East Avenue, Suite 400, Rochester, NY 14604 Wayne County Tourism Office, 9 Pearl Street, Suite 3, Lyons, NY 14489
- Seaway Trail Discovery Center, Ray & West Main Streets, Sackets Harbor, NY 13685 St. Lawrence County Chamber, 101 Main St., Canton, NY 13617 1000 Islands International Tourism Council, 3373 Collins Landing, Alexandria Bay, NY 13607.