Turn your next Happy Valley visit into a scavenger hunt!

– by Cara Aungst

Find your next adventure here in Happy Valley with the Happy Valley PA GeoTour. It’s a fun way to explore the area, from Downtown State College to off-the-beaten-path destinations you’ve never visited before.

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Best of all — you can choose your own adventure and complete a geocaching passport to earn custom GeoTour GeoCoins!

Here’s what you need to know to make the most of your adventure:

What is Geocaching?

It’s the world’s largest treasure hunt. Here in Happy Valley, you’ll explore all corners of this county while you are looking for treasure that’s pinpointed by GPS coordinates. While you are on the hunt, you’ll be getting outside, having fun and discovering Happy Valley in a brand new way.

Click "website" to view all the Happy Valley PA GeoTour geocache locations!

How can I earn GeoCoin?

Glad you asked! In a nutshell, you’ll:

  1. Explore our local geocaches — there are 59 to choose from!
  2. Grab your GPS
  3. Download or pick-up your Passport from The Happy Valley Adventure Bureau, and start searching!
  4. Exploring with kids? They get a special Junior Geocacher Passport with a special prize for their hard work too!
  5. Once you have 45 of the 59 available caches, you can get free GeoCoin!

Don’t have time to do all 45? There’s no limit to how many or how few you discover — the main thing is to get outside and have an adventure with some of your favorite people.


Discover puzzle caches, gadget caches, night caches, and more!

The GeoTour is geared for all ages — geocaching is a great family hobby! Some of our folks have made multiple trips to the area and some have stayed in our wonderful hotels, B & Bs, and rental homes while completing the tour.”

The geocaches vary from regular caches to puzzle caches to multi-stage caches to devious micro caches. You can find virtual caches, gadget caches, an Adventure Lab, and even a night cache! The caches are placed at local municipal parks, and state parks, hidden across several state game lands, at the tops of our mountains, and placed at businesses throughout our valleys. Some caches are in busy, urban-style locations while others are deep in the woods and off the beaten trail. Some of the geocaches on the geotour highlight Happy Valley history. Most of the rural caches can be reached via regular vehicle throughout the year, but in heavy snow, we do recommend a 4WD.”


The entire trail comprises 59 locations. Each one takes an average of 90 minutes to complete — a perfect outdoor afternoon or addition to a Happy Valley weekend. (Want a bigger challenge? Some challenges take much longer.

Interested in learning more about the Happy Valley PA GeoTour? Click HERE to explore our website and discover your next adventure.

The Happy Valley Adventure Bureau publishes up-to-date event information at HappyValley.com/events