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#2325831 - 03/01/11 11:20 AM Gold in middle tn?
Jon
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I have a detector, hardly ever use it. I was wondering if anyone knew if there was a place in tennessee to look for gold. I have watched the gold fever show on outdoor channel and think it would be interesting to look for. I know better than to think I would find much at all, but would be fun to look for.
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#2325837 - 03/01/11 11:29 AM Re: Gold in middle tn? [Re: Jon]
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I was a GPAA member and in their site manual, there ain't any places to go go other than NC or GA here in the south. They use to have a claim up at Coker Creek, TN but lost it. It was actually a private property lease they had and some other members took in heavy machinery and tore the guys land up and he put a stop to it.

But there are many places in the Cherokee National Forest that you can go prospecting in the creeks. They only allow panning/dredging/slucing though. No metal detectors. You can only dig in the creek bed itself; not on the bank or in the creek bank walls. And yes you can find some color there; its mostly fine gold but occasionally if you get in the right spot, you can find some pickers.

Here is a half ounce vial that my wife and I got over a few months period in TN:



Here is a typical day's worth:







Some pickers:

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#2325858 - 03/01/11 11:52 AM Re: Gold in middle tn? [Re: Crow Terminator]
Jon
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Thanks Crow, thats really cool. I would really like to try it some time.
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#2326101 - 03/01/11 03:33 PM Re: Gold in middle tn? [Re: Jon]
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Thats pretty cool Crow,I didn't think there was any gold in TN.
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#2326129 - 03/01/11 04:09 PM Re: Gold in middle tn? [Re: cecil30-30]
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Oh yeah there's gold here. The gold belt runs all the way down the Appalachian Mtns into Georgia. It don't get as much publicity as what the California and Alaska gold rushes got but over here was the first real gold rush. When you compare how many dollars worth they got out here vs over there, they will show as more being found there $$ wise...but you gotta take into account the price of gold was only a few dollars an ounce at best back during the first gold rush so it took several thousand pounds of it to make any good money; vs the gold rushes of California and Alaska where gold was much higher in value and didn't take as much of it to surpass the amount they found here.

It's still here too. You might not find any 5 oz nuggets here but you can find plenty of small flakes. The biggest nuggets I've seen found her was by a buddy of mine with a dredge. He got over 2 ounces worth in a day and one of his little nuggets was a nice 1/4 ounce one...about the size of a man's thumbnail.

The pics are from an outing we did a couple summers ago with the church kids.

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#2326149 - 03/01/11 04:39 PM Re: Gold in middle tn? [Re: Crow Terminator]
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#2326350 - 03/01/11 08:03 PM Re: Gold in middle tn? [Re: Beekeeper]
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#2330308 - 03/05/11 06:52 PM Re: Gold in middle tn? [Re: Jon]
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#2330534 - 03/05/11 09:54 PM Re: Gold in middle tn? [Re: Str8Shooter]
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ide love to try that some day. hint hint. my kids even bought me a gold pan. i just do know where to go. hint hint
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#2330969 - 03/06/11 01:45 PM Re: Gold in middle tn? [Re: LA man]
Jon
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 Originally Posted By: LA man
ide love to try that some day. hint hint. my kids even bought me a gold pan. i just do know where to go. hint hint

If we ever find a place we will have to go give it a try some time La man. I dont live too awful far from van buren co.

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