Learn about all of the hidden cache locations on the Woods map in Escape from Tarkov with this guide.
Source map courtesy of Jindouz – it can be found on the official Escape From Tarkov wiki. Edited with permission.
Hidden Cache Locations on Woods
1. Buried Barrel Cache | Factory Gate
When traveling the road that connects the UN Roadblock extract and the RUAF Roadblock extract you will come across a red power stand along the fence. Look for a tree sapling to the left of the tower closest to the concrete fence. You will find a buried barrel cache at the base of the tree towards the concrete fence.
2. Buried Barrel Cache | Ravine
Proceed to the ravine on the eastern side of the map near the ZB-016 underground bunker. At the base of the ravine you will find a rock boulder surrounded by a bush and a small tree. Proceed to the space between the boulder and the cliff wall to find the buried barrel cache.
3. Ground Cache | Tank
The container is located close to the Ravine buried barrel cache and we will use that as our starting location. From the Ravine cache, proceed out of the southern end of the ravine. You will find an abandoned military tank to your left. Once you are next to the tank look for a cluster of bushes to your right. After you’ve located the bushes jump into them and look for the cache on the ground. You will find it towards the southern side of the bush cluster. It’s best to loot this cache with your body inside the bushes because there is a large empty field just past them. You would be an easy target to find if you opened the container with your back towards the open field.
4. Buried Barrel Cache | Old Train Station
The Old Train Station is a common spawn for both PMCs and player scavs and this buried barrel cache is located near by. From the train station, proceed west towards the Lumber Yard. You will pass by some tall boulders and rocks. Look for the longest rock structure just west of the station. The buried barrel cache is tucked away just behind a rock at the middle of the mountain.
5. Ground Cache | Airplane Wreckage
The Airplane Wreck site is a long trench carved into the land when a small commercial plane lost power and crashed into the Woods map. Start looking for the cache by walking the trench towards the plane. Look for a small rock boulder to the left side of the trench. Once you find it, keep looking left into the tree line to find a tree that has tipped over, but not quite hit the ground. The cache can be found hidden just under this tree.
6. Buried Barrel Cache | Fallen Tree By Rockhead
This cache is located north of the Lumber Yard by the infamous Rockhead Mountain. It is known by other names that we shall refrain from for the kids…someone has to think about the kids. As you walk towards the Military Checkpoint from Rockhead Mountain you will stumble across a tall fallen pine tree. You will discover the cache towards the tip of the tree.
7. Ground Cache | Rock Rubble
This cache is arguably the hardest one to find, but once you loot it a few times you will be able to locate it pretty quickly. Start at the Western Campsite. Look for a trench that runs northwest from the camp site and follow it to a patch of rock rubble. After you arrive at the rock rubble, continue looking northwest for a cluster of bushes just in front of you. The cluster of bushes is made up of two main sections. The cache is located under the bush further away from you.
8. Ground Cache | Water Outskirts
This cache is located in the old player Scav extract, Water Outskirts, that has been removed from the game. Fortunately, the new expansion added a landmark that makes this cache very easy to find. Start by going to the Water Outskirts location – past the dead scav camp site along the lake. Look for a wooden stand at the base of a hill. To the left of the stand is a very leafy tree that stands out from the other trees. The hidden cache container can be found at the base of this tree. Use the images to get familiar with what this tree looks like.
9. Buried Barrel Cache | Northern UN Roadblock
This cache is one of the only locations that can be found in an extraction zone. When you arrive at the Northern UN Roadblock you will find a blue container supporting the left side of the barricade. Tucked away in the left corner of the container will be a buried barrel cache next to some trash bags. This container can be difficult to search if you have the Northern UN Roadblock as standing on the cache will start the extraction timer.
10. Buried Barrel Cache | Demolished Building
The Demolished Building is located between the Northern UN Roadblock extract and the Bridge extract. They are connected by a road that is intersected four ways at the middle. First, you need to make your way to this intersection. You will know you have arrived when you find a tractor-trailer truck carrying a blue Terragroup shipping container. Then, look towards the road going west. You will see an abandoned construction site where workers had begun laying the concrete foundation for a new building when the evacuation orders were given. A prominent concrete archway still stands at this location. Proceed to the corner of this construction site that touches the road intersection and look for a fallen concrete circle. Then, jump inside and you will find the buried barrel cache next to a mangled metal drum container.
11. Ground Cache | Bridge Extraction
Start by heading over to the Bridge Extraction. When you make it to the bridge look West to the tree line along the river. Near the shore you will see 3 trees with tall skinny tree trunks whereas all the other trees will be bushy pine trees. After you locate these trees, walk past them to immediately find a bush at the base of a hill surrounded by trees to the west. The hidden cache can be found at the base of this bush. Use the images to help you locate this cache – it is a tough one.
12. Buried Barrel Cache | Powerlines
Before the compass was introduced the main lake on Woods was considered North and a scavenger extraction point named East Gate existed. But, all of that was flipped on its head when the developers made the main lake South on the Woods map. With the map expansion the East Gate extract has been removed and the entire gate no longer exists. However, the road still exists and now it follows a set of power cables held up by towers that run all the way to the new Scav Bridge extract.
To find this cache you need to start at road where the East Gate used to be. You will see a destroyed armored personnel carrier on the road and an electric tower looming overhead. Don’t get too close to the tower or tank as land mines have been placed closer than the warning signs indicate. Continue down the road heading north to the bridge and count the electric towers that you pass on your left. Be sure to include the first one where you started. Keep going until you reach the third tower. The Buried Barrel Cache can be found against the right side concrete support structure.
13. Buried Barrel Cache | Upper Rock Passage
This cache is found in the mountains above the Rock Passage extract. Firstly, start by locating a wooden stand with a tool box at the top of the mountain. Secondly, stand in front of the tool box facing the tower. You will find a steep path to your left. Proceed down the path until it leads you to an intersection and goes left, right and forward. Then, take the right path until it turns sharply to the left. Stop here. In front of you will be a large boulder, a few trees and a beautiful view of the northern side of the Woods map. The barrel cache is found just behind one of the trees. Use the images to locate the exact tree.
14. Buried Barrel Cache | South Abandoned Town
Your journey to find this cache starts at the sunken church in the abandoned town. A wooden boat serves as a bridge from a rock to the roof of the church. Across from the rock and church is a wooden cabin. The cache can be found immediately in front when you enter the cabin.
15. Buried Barrel Cache | Waterside Mountain
A road runs along the northern river of Woods that connects the two bridge locations. One section of the road punches through a mountain range that runs all the way down to the river. The cache can be found up on the ridge of the mountain away from the river. Simply climb up the mountain from the road and you will come to a small clearing that overlooks the street. The buried barrel cache will be waiting for you there.
16. Buried Barrel Cache | Campsite
This Buried Barrel Cache is right next to cache #14 in the abandoned cabin. Start by facing the front door of the abandoned cabin. Then, look to your right for a campsite just inside the tree line. There’s a bright blue tent that will make it easy to find. Afterwards, walk into the campsite and there will be a rock cluster just behind the tents. Walk up to the rock cluster and go left to begin walking around it. You will find the cache tucked among the rocks on the left side.
Credit to Reddit user mecwerks for discovering this cache! Thank you!
17. Ground Cache | Old Sawmill
This hidden cache is located up on the hill behind the Old Sawmill by the Northern UN Roadblock. Begin your search by finding a white trailer by the road behind the sawmill. By the white trailer will be a dirt road with an armored personnel carrier to the left. Take the road right (east) and look for some cut tree trunks just past the fallen logs. Next, take out your compass and look north around 20 degrees. You will see a smaller leafy tree surrounded by taller trees. The hidden cache will be at the base of this tree.
Credit to Reddit user leaguefan for discovering this cache! Thank you!
18. Buried Barrel Cache | Antenna Outlook
This cache is near buried barrel cache #13 Rock Passage. Both caches are found on the mountains above Rock Passage extract. Start at the same wooden post at the top of rock passage where we started for cache #13. However, this time go right from the wooden post along the dirt road. It will take you to an intersection that goes left and right; go right. Follow the path to an Antenna Outlook that overlooks the spine mountains. There is a Toolbox and a Technical Supply Crate here as reference. From this area, take out your compass and head north until you reach the rock wall. Follow the rock wall to the right and you will find the cache against the wall behind a small leafy tree.
Alternatively, when you approach the intersection you will see three trees in the middle of the road: one large tree in the middle and two smaller trees on either side. Go between the large tree and the small tree to the right. Then, walk straight ahead (east on the compass). It will take you down a little path and you will end up right at the cache.
Credit to Reddit user zyraf for discovering this cache! Thank you!
19. Buried Barrel Cache | Rocks By Construction Site
Whoever buried this barrel cache really did not want it to be found, but we have the instructions to find it. Along the north-western border of the map is a construction site with a blue fence. Don’t get too close as it is protected by snipers! Start by turning left from the construction site and you will see a large boulder. Proceed past the border and look south (180 degrees on the compass) into the trees for another boulder (Rock #2 in the images). When you’ve made it to Rock #2, then turn East (100 degrees) for another rock cluster we’ve labeled Rock #3 and make your way over. Finally, turn south-west (230 degrees) to see a moss covered rock labeled Rock #4. Walk over to the rock and you will find the cache buried next to the boulder.
20. Buried Barrel Cache | Eastern Rocks
This buried barrel cache is west of the Old Train Station. Proceed along the fence until it breaks apart into pieces. Veteran players will remember this area as the old “West” Gate scav extract. After you have arrived at the break in the fence, look for a rock northwest of your position (roughly 325 degrees). Head over to the rock and you will find the cache buried right next to it.
21. Ground Cache | Northern V
A hidden cache can be found north of the Lumber Yard. Start by following the road that leads north of the Lumber Yard until it splits left and right. The cache can be found in the small wooden area in between these two roads. It is closer to the road that leads right. You will find it buried behind a large tree. Using our image to find the tree makes the process a lot easier.
22. Ground Cache | Scav Bridge
A hidden cache can be found west of Scav Bridge. Beginning at the Scav Bridge, start heading down the right that leads right. You will pass a large rock on your left. The hidden cache can be found under a bush just past the large rock.
23. Ground Cache | “East” Gate
Before the compass was introduced the main lake on Woods was considered North and a scavenger extraction point named East Gate existed. But, all of that was flipped on its head when the developers made the main lake South on the Woods map. With the map expansion the East Gate extract has been removed and the entire gate no longer exists. However, the road still does and now it follows a set of power cables held up by towers that run all the way to the new Scav Bridge extract.
To find this cache you need to start at road where the East Gate used to be. You will see a destroyed armored personnel carrier on the road and an electric tower looming overhead. Don’t get too close to the tower or tank as land mines have been placed closer than the warning signs indicate. Follow the road north and look for a hill with trees on top before the next tower. The hidden cache can be found in the cluster of bushes at the top of the hill.
Credit to Reddit user zyraf for discovering this cache! Thank you!
24. Ground Cache | Pier Lake
You can find this hidden cache along the shore of a lake south of the Abandoned Village. The lake you need to look for is the one with a long wooden pier and boat adrift in the lake. The cache is located behind a tree south west of the pier. Alternatively, you can reach the cache while traveling the road that Prapor’s convoy is on. When coming to the convoy you can find the cache by traveling east.
25. Buried Barrel Cache | Central Powerlines
This barrel cache can be found very close to cache #21 at Northern V. Start your search at cache #21. Pull out your compass and proceed straight north. Look in the sky for the powerlines and you will see they lead to a tower right in front of you. Make your way to the tower and you will find the barrel cache hidden next to the concrete support of the tower.
Alternatively, you can find the cache by simply following the powerlines. If you start from the western side of the map, then it will be the sixth tower. Otherwise, if you begin at the eastern side of the map by the river, then it will be the third tower.
26. Ground Cache | Southern Lake
This hidden cache is truly hidden in the woods! It’s located by the southern lake from the Abandoned Village, but it’s best to start by the powerline tower west of cache #25 Central Powerlines. Once you’re at the tower, proceed to walk north into the tree line. Look for a small path going towards the lake where there is no grass and follow it down. It will lead you to a leafy bush to your left where the cache is located.
Alternatively, when starting at the tower take out your compass and begin walking towards 338 degrees. This will lead you straight to the bush. Use the image above that shows you the bush and lake from the path as a reference to find the cache. This is a hard one – good luck!
27. Ground Cache | East Abandoned Village
A hidden cache can be found south east of the Abandoned Village. When walking the road from the Bridge Car Extract that runs along river bank the road will cut through a mountain, then split into two paths. The road to the right will take you to the Abandoned Village while the road to the left swings south all the way to Lumber Yard. Follow the road left and look for a dirt path going right. The dirt path will wind up a hill and lead you between two large rock clusters on either side of the path. Pass the rocks and keep going down the path until it bends sharply to the right. Stop here and look for a large bush between three skinny trees to your left. The cache will be found at the base of the bushes.
28. Ground Cache | Village
This Hidden Cache is located west of the village near the Bridge Car Extract. Start your search by proceeding to the back of the northwestern building. It is the one with the wooden barn attached to the back. Stand at the northwest corner of the barn and take out your compass. Proceed forward along compass heading 272. You will walk across a field towards the mountain range that runs to the river. You are looking for a bright yellow tree standing by itself close to the rocks. The cache will be located right next to the base of this tree.
29. Ground Cache | Dumpster
This Hidden Cache is found along the road that runs from the Lumber Yard to the Bridge Extract and Cultist Village. When walking along this road you will come across a blue section of fence with a dumpster in front. Stand at the southern tip of the fence and pull out your compass. Proceed along compass heading 135 and you will find the cache under the second bush you walk over. It will be located on the opposite end of the bush so don’t worry if you don’t see it as you approach.
30. Buried Barrel Cache | Central Mountains
This Buried Barrel Cache is located in the central mountains north of the Lumber Yard and Rockhead Mountain. It is in a little path that cuts into the front of the second rock cluster from the left. The cache shares this path with a tall skinny tree that it is buried next to. A dirt path runs along the front of the central mountains. Look for a large section of rocks to the south of the path and you will find the cache just north of it.
31. Ground Cache | Marked Circle
This Ground Cache is located very close to Cache #7 – Rock Rubble. Starting from Cache #7 look west around 260 degrees on your compass. You will see a clearing where no grass is growing. Proceed west along the edge of this clearing and you will come to a heavy bush next to three trees – one of them tipping over. The ground cache will be hidden at the base of the bush.
You can also use the rubble of rocks at the end of the clearing to locate the cache. You will find the cache just south of the rock rubble. Use the tipped over tree as a landmark to head straight towards the cache.
Cache location courtesy of Reddit user u/scootless1. Thank you!
32. Ground Cache | Scav Bunker
This Ground Cache can be found northwest of the Scav Bunker extract location. Begin at the camp by the radio tower and proceed northwest until you reach a pile of rocks in the shape of a crescent. Then, make your way all the way to the left or western side of the crescent until you are standing on the last rock. From here take out your compass and begin going northwest 285 degrees. The cache will be hidden between the third tree that you walk past. It is located in between a skinny pine tree and a bush.
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