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The Star-Spangled Banner Geotrail takes you on a journey through American history and across the landscapes of the Chesapeake Bay region. It commemorates the people, places, and dramatic chain of events that led to the birth of our National Anthem during the War of 1812. 

Geocaching is fun for all ages. On the SSB Geotrail, cachers have the chance to visit urban and rural areas, forts and museums, battlefields, and nature preserves. The geotrail complements the Star-Spangled Banner Trail and the Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network.

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What is a geotrail anyway?

A geotrail is a series of caches tied together by a common topic or theme. The Star-Spangled Banner Geotrail unites more than thirty sites that witnessed or played a role in the War of 1812. Some are nationally known sites, but others are regional sites that reveal how the conflict—during which the British raided and burned communities for nearly two years—intimately affected every part of the Chesapeake region. The majority of participating locations are also designated Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network sites.

Trackable geocoins are available to the first 400 geocachers as an incentive for visiting at least 20 sites along the trail. To be eligible for the coin, please download the passport. As you find caches along the trail, copy a code word (available at each cache site) into the appropriate place on the passport and take a photo of yourself at the cache. Then, upload your photos.  After visiting at least 20 sites, send a completed passport to:

Star-Spangled Banner Trail
National Park Service
410 Severn Avenue, Suite 314
Annapolis, MD 21403

Once your passport is validated, you will receive a collectable coin.

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This project is a partnership between the National Park Service, the Maryland Geocaching Society, the Friends of Chesapeake Gateways, other partner sites across the region, and dozens of volunteer geocachers who donated their time and expertise to set up the cache locations. Without their assistance, the geotrail would not have been possible. We also thank for their support of this project.

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