Earlier this month, my family went down to Wilmington, Ohio and participated in the Clinton County Barn Quilt Geotrail. We had a blast geocaching and seeing all the wonderful Barn Quilts that were painted to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Clinton County.
About the Barn Quilt Trail
Clinton County embraces its agricultural history with spectacular hand-painted quilt squares on area barns. Take a self-guided, cross-county car tour and experience the beautiful countryside while visiting 54 barns adorned with unique quilt patterns. The Barn Quilt Trail Brochure gives you the history of each barn and quilt pattern. The brochure is available at the Clinton County Visitors Bureau, 13 N. South St., Wilmington, Ohio 45177. 1-877-4-A-VISIT.
32 of the 54 Barn Quilt sites have geocaches hidden nearby. These are all park & grabs and easy to find, so the kids will enjoy this series. We were able to complete all of them in a single day.
For even more fun, if you find at least 30 of these geocaches and write down the codes found on the boxes, you are eligible to earn a Clinton County Barn Quilt Geocoin. The geocoins are only available for a limited time. However, as of 2 weeks ago, they still had some left. Completed brochures can be turned in at either the Visitor’s Bureau (M-F normal business hours) or the Wilmington Hampton Inn (anytime).
Want to participate in the Clinton County Ohio Barn Quilt Geotrail?
Start by picking up the Barn Quilt Trail map at the Clinton County Visitor’s Bureau. It is closed on the weekend, but they have the maps sitting on a table in the lobby, which is accessible 24/7. You don’t have to have this brochure, but I recommend it if you want to plan your route to save on gas. You will also need a copy of the the geotrail brochure. This is available at the Visitor’s Bureau or the Hampton Inn& Suites in Wilmington. You can also print one up at home. We visited on a Saturday, so we had to pick up the geotrail brochure at the Hampton Inn.
If you will be geocaching with kids, make sure to bring along some small toys and trinkets to trade. When we were there, all the caches were well-stocked with trading items.
For the most part, these geocaches are on family farms. Most can be found along the road, however a couple will have you hunting up close to the barn itself. Please remember that these people have graciously agreed to host the geocaches. Please be respectful of their property and their privacy as you hunt for the caches! Also you should only hunt for these caches during daylight hours. Be sure to say hello if the owners are there.
For even more treasure hunting fun in Ohio
If your family enjoys geocaching or letterboxing, there are a couple of other fun treasure hunts in Ohio you might want to check out. We really enjoyed the Dublin Riverbox series that is up near Columbus. This is a series of letterboxes, although I guess they added a geocache to it this year – so now there are 11 to find. Also I recently learned that Marion County has a geotrail that takes you to a bunch of historical sites. We are hoping to do that one over the summer.
So tell me… Does your family enjoy geocaching and letterboxing? If you do, be sure to leave me a comment below. I would love to hear about your latest adventures!