In October 2014, we published an article on 20 Helpful Geocaching Websites. This was a compilation of some very useful and helpful websites for geocachers. Sites that would help you with things like mapping, statistics, travel bug tracking, coordinate checking and much more.
We got some great feedback on this list, and a whole bunch more suggestions for websites to add to the list. Here is our new and improved version with even more great sites for you to explore.
Again, if YOU have a favorite helpful geocaching website, please leave a comment or email us directly.
Statistics, Maps and MORE:
Project Geocaching is a site with the goal to provide dynamically generated statistics as well as maps and tools for all the geocachers in the world. It uses the Groundspeak Geocaching Live API and requires you to authenticate with your Geocaching.com account.
An online utility that creates maps and profiles from geographic data. It is free and easy to use, yet powerful and extremely customizable. Input can be in the form of GPS data (tracks and waypoints), driving routes, street addresses, or simple coordinates.
Fullscreen map with coordinates, waypoint projection, distance/bearing calculation and display of geocaches
ACME Mapper 2.0
A high-precision general purpose mapping application, useful for verifying coordinates, checking possible solved puzzle coords, checking distance between 2 points, etc.
Resources and Tools:
Many useful resources, tips and printables for geoachers
Coordinate conversion as well as tools useful for puzzle solving (encryption, ciphers, text functions, alphabet types, etc.)
A family friendly place where Geocachers can learn, teach, or tell stories. Find great information, step-by-step instructions and more!
Web-based tools at Rumkin.com
Various helpful puzzle-solving tools
Island Buttons Pinterest Page
Geocaching ideas and links to resources with over 70 boards dedicated to different aspects of the hobby
Create your geocaching roadbook ready-to-print
Travel Bug® Sites:
Travel Bug Rescue - This is now hosted at Project-GC
A place to submit a rescue request and ask other geocachers for help in moving your travel bug along. For the rescue teams, there is a map to see the TBs that need help. Additionally, as a rescuer you can register to watch an area and be informed as soon as a new TB in your territory needs help.
A site for Travel Bug Races, brought to you by the owners of the TB Rescue site. You can join a race or start your own.
Another site for Travel Bug Races, where you can join a race or start your own.
A Travel Bug tracking website with interactive maps & statistics for geocaching travel bugs, geocoins and all your trackable items.
Player Ranking / Stats:
CacherStats - lists of top ranked players
Zinnware List - Geocachers with the most finds or with over 100 caches hidden
Geocaching Rank Stat Bar - register to get a Stat Bar that shows your rank in the world
My Geocaching Profile - analyzes your geocaching history and produces statistics, graphs and maps of your caching adventures
Downloads and Printables:
Geocacher University - site is offline as of March 2016
GClogbuch - A log sheet collection with about 150 logbooks in various sizes in different languages (most in German and English)
Techblazer - Log sheets in PDF format; with and without FTF blocks; with color and black Geocaching.com logos; wide variety of sizes from 0.5 inches (1.27cm) to 2.5 inches (6.4cm); also Geocache Stash Note in all sizes
More here: Free Geocaching Log Sheets and Printables
Coordinate Checker sites:
Use these tools to validate coordinates for puzzle caches
Search & Shortcuts:
GizmoGuy411’s Geocaching Hints and Shortcuts
A wealth of information on how to use Geocaching.com in interesting ways
Geocaching Quick Search (mobile friendly)
A powerful and flexible search engine for caches & trackables
A site which aims to improve the accessibility of Geocaching for disabled people all over the world with a simple rating system for caches, as well as tools and resources for disabled geocachers.
An extension for www.geocaching.com that enables you to rate the quality of caches. You add your vote with a single click and it displays the average of all quality votes received for any geocache.
GeocachingChat is a website devoted entirely to the geocaching community to chat online in realtime. Meet and talk with other geocachers!
The Ontario Trails project - custom maps for handheld GPS receivers that show hiking, biking and multi-use trails in the Province of Ontario.
NorthWest Trails - GPS Maps for trails in the NorthWest (of the USA)
German Listing generator - create a beautiful geocaching listing page with no HTML knowledge (in German)
Lonely Caches - identify “lonely” caches in the US States: NM, AZ, CO, UT, NV, ID WY and west TX, by assigning a point value based on how long the geocache has been active and how many people have found it.
That's it for now, but we know there are MANY great resources out there. Feel free to add a quick comment below to share YOUR favorite helpful website, if we don't have it on the list yet!
NOTE: The word “Travel Bug” is a registered trademark of Groundspeak, Inc. Used with permission.