Hey Randall, Sorry to say that unless you know someone who can give you access to gold bearing property, there's not many places to go in NO GA. The only legal public places are the creeks around Lake Alatoona on Corp of engineers property (blankets creek, sixes creek,proctor creek, etc), and you cannot acccess them if you have to cross private property, and they are pan and shovel only.
The National Forests in NO GA are listed on their website as legal to pan and shovel, but the problem with that is the GA Dept of Nat resources has designated them as trout streams, therefore putting them off limits. There are good places to go in the northeast corner from helen (owl creek, headwaters of the Chattahoochee, and other creeks in the area) up to clayton ( warwoman creek and sarah's creek and cold mine creek, and others) but you take the risk of being caught by GA DNR.
Gold and Gem grubbin is the only pay to play there is,and they have gotten awfully expensive, they tripled their highbanking and dredging fees this year, $95 a day to highbank. You can join the WEGM (Weekend Gold Miners) they have 2 propertys around cleveland and aurora. It's about $100 to start and $20 a month with a yearly maint fee.
I upgraded from GPAA to LDMA to have access to 3 more properties here in the SE, I go to the Loud Mine Camp up near cleveland alot ( I can take quests if you'd like to check it out sometime).
I am the outings coordinator of the NW GA chapter of the GPAA at Buchanan,GA we are the SGMA (Southern Gold Miners Assoc) heres the link to our website,http://www.sgma-gpaa.com We have a meeting at the Farm claim on the 2nd sat of the month from Mar-Nov, mining, meeting, pot luck dinner, and raffle. Come on down to our first meeting and compete in the annual speed panning contest, it's free to join and participate. I live in East Point, if you'd like to join up sometime. Paul