Heart of the Civil War GeoTrail


About the GeoTrail

The Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area GeoTrail launched on October 1, 2016, with 16 geocaches within Maryland's Carroll, Frederick, and Washington Counties. The trail is suitable for geocachers of all experience levels. The trail was created by the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area with the support of a Rural Maryland Council MAERDAF grant. Thanks to the Maryland Geocaching Society and Visit Hagerstown & Washington County for their support in developing this trail. 

How to Participate

  1. Create a free geocaching.com account and find the 16 cache coordinates bookmarked here
  2. Download and print your passport 
  3. Find at least 13 caches on the trail & record the code words from each cache
  4. Bring your passport to one of participating Visitor Centers (below)
  5. Pick up your free, trackable prize (while supplies last)

Hotel Packages

Discounts are available to geocachers at three Heritage Area hotels:

Redeeming Prizes

Download your passport here.

Prizes will be awarded to geocachers (while supplies last) who find the locations of at least 13 HCWHA caches. To be eligible for a free prize, geocachers must record the code word from at least 13 HCWHA geocaches and validate their passports in person at one of the locations below. One prize will be awarded per geocaching.com account.

*As of December 20, 2016: For those who have completed the trail, Heart of the Civil War GeoCoins are now available for purchase for $10/each plus sales tax at the Frederick Visitor Center, Hagerstown-Washington County Visitor Welcome Center, and Antietam Museum Store (301-432-4329). Each of these locations will ship the geocoins for a modest handling fee. Call for more information.*

Carroll County Visitor Center
1838 Emerald Hill Lane, Westminster, MD 21157
410-848-1388 or 1-800-272-1933
Open Monday through Saturday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm; most holidays 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Frederick Visitor Center
151 S. East Street, Frederick, MD 21701
301-600-4047, 800-999-3613
Open 9:00 am to 5:30 pm daily. Closed: New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas

Hagerstown-Washington County Visitor Welcome Center
6 North Potomac Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740
888-257-2600, x 10
Open Monday – Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm; Saturdays 10:00 am to 4:00 pm; Sundays 12:00 to 4:00 pm (May-October only)

Newcomer House at Antietam National Battlefield
18422 Shepherdstown Pike, Keedysville, MD 21756
CLOSED Until March