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    Panning for gold in North Carolina

    Looking for a nice fee mining place to go gold panning in North Carolina with my mom that's not just a bag of salted paydirt. Not looking to get rich, just have an authentic experience in the Little Switzerland. area

    Thanks

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    There is more gold to the east, near Statesville. Do a Google search and see what you can find. I used to like the Cotton Patch mine, but they don't allow panning anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jadeblackhawk View Post
    Looking for a nice fee mining place to go gold panning in North Carolina with my mom that's not just a bag of salted paydirt. Not looking to get rich, just have an authentic experience in the Little Switzerland. area

    Thanks
    Closest fee mines to Little Switzerland would be Lucky Strike or Thermal City below Marion, might want to google them.

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    I have Googled, but it looks like those two place just sell bags of "paydirt", instead of collecting your own material. I can't go east unfortunately, this is where we are staying, rooms are already paid for.

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    Start with a topo map of the area you are headed. Look for streams with good gradient. Some of my best gold has come from areas where streams cross roads under bridges and also in the first few ridges on the inflow ends of culverts. Ask for permission and offer to demonstrate panning for the landowner/family. Watch for copperheads.

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    Three Mile Creek and Buchanan Creek go through some good drop around Little Switzerland. If y’all hear banjo music, don’t be harassin’ the local boys...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jadeblackhawk View Post
    I have Googled, but it looks like those two place just sell bags of "paydirt", instead of collecting your own material. I can't go east unfortunately, this is where we are staying, rooms are already paid for.
    I own property near both Lucky Strike & Thermal City and believe that each of them will let you pan and/or sluice in the Second Broad River for a fee.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jadeblackhawk View Post
    Looking for a nice fee mining place to go gold panning in North Carolina with my mom that's not just a bag of salted paydirt. Not looking to get rich, just have an authentic experience in the Little Switzerland. area

    Thanks
    Your coming from Michigan ? on your way down, Hit Va. Contrary creek area.
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    Contrary creek is a great place to prospect, lots of flood gold every year, better stuff requires a highbanker or dredge if the river is higher.


    as far as NC, lucky strike is salted bags, thermal city digs a bucket load of dirt and dumps it near the panning area troughs or you can dig in the river

 

 

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