Digital Treasure Hunting Sweeps South Alabama


By Jessica Gertler


From the CBS 8 Troy Newsroom-- A new type of treasure hunting is sweeping South Alabama and the world. It's called Geocaching. It works by using a smart phone or GPS to find the "X" that marks the spot.

We downloaded the Geocaching application on an iPhone, and noticed there are close to a hundred treasures hidden in Troy. But to fully grasp the new craze, we followed a digital treasure hunting expert.

This isn't just a walk in the park for Vanessa Kern. She's hunting for treasure.

"You just look and try to find it," she says.

Tucked away under a cannon Kern has found the cache as in Geocache.

"It's a scavenger hunt, and it kind of takes you back to when you were a kid," Kern says.

Using a smart phone, you can download the Geocache application, and find hundreds of hidden treasures in your area.

"Then it will take you in the direction that you need to go," she says.

Some are more difficult to find. Like this one deep in the woods behind the Walmart in Troy.

It's an activity that Troy Parks and Recreation Director Dan Smith hopes more families participate in.

"This is something parents can teach their children a lot about coordinates and GPS," Smith says. "And just getting outside and enjoying nature."

An outdoor expedition that leads Kern to places she would normally never go.

"You can go and have a good time," she says. "You know, anybody can do it."

Kern says you don't keep the treasure once you find it. She says usually you write your name on a sheet of a paper, and put it back for someone else to find.


Troy Parks and Recreation says the treasures have been left by community members and people passing through town.

To find out more about Geocaching and where hidden treasures are in your area, head to their website at

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