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Last Post 27 Feb 2015 02:26 PM by  Paul Straub
Want to get the kids outside away from t.v. and see the real world
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Thomas Hall
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27 Feb 2015 09:28 AM
    I have three sons 10, 8, and 6 week old. My two oldest and wife want to go panning for gold but have no idea where to go. I am very glad the kids want to go panning, it gets them away from the t.v. You can't learn everything about life from the t.v. and internet. We live in Candler North Carolina. If anybody has any ideas where I can take the family it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time.
    Paul Straub
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    27 Feb 2015 12:37 PM
    Hey Thomas, You are not far from some good pay to play locations. Take I-40 east to us 221 south (marion exit #85) about 7 miles south of 40 on the left are 3 places to go, The Lucky Strike mine, Vein Mtn gold and emerald mine and Thermal City Gold Mine. All these places have camping and are cool places to go.

    As far as GPAA claims the closest one to you is the Coker Creek location in SE Tenn, in the Tellico plains National Forest district.

    There is a local GPAA chapter at Kannapolis,NC, you might want to check with them and see if they have any places to go. (local chapters sometimes have places to prospect that aren't GPAA claims).   It couldn't hurt to join a local chapter, it's lots of fun and you can meet great people.


    Other than that you can try the National forests, like Pisgah Nat forest or Cherokee Nat Forest. It is pan and shovel only (no sluices or any motorized equipment). But not National parks, like the Great Smoky Mtns National Park to the north of you. National Parks, Wildlife management areas and most state parks are off limits to prospecting.

    I hope you find some places to go, and it's really cool that your wife and kids are wanting to get into it. It is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and meet other folks, especially if you join a local chapter.

    Keep in touch, and maybe we can meet-up sometime, as an LDMA member, I go to Vein Mountain Camp occasionally (different place from the Vein Mtn mentioned above) ( I can take guests for 3 day trips), and if you ever want to come to GA ( I live just outside Atlanta) and try your luck, let me know. Pm me if you need more info, I'm always glad to help and share any info I can.
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    27 Feb 2015 02:12 PM
    Thank you Paul, I will def look into Pisgah and Cherokee Nat Forest. I will look into joining a chapter as well. I got a gold panning kit for x-mas so we've been messing around with gold pans in the creek behind our house. All we have found is ALOT of fools gold. I have read alot about Thermal City Gold Mine. sounds very promising. Can't wait to get out there and find some GOLD.
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    27 Feb 2015 02:26 PM
    No problem Thomas, always glad to help. Don't know if you know about seasoning your pans? If not I'll tell you how.

    Also you can take bb's and small lead sinkers and practice panning with them, to get your techniques down. Smack the bb's with a hammer to make them irregular so they don't just roll out of the pan,, you can cut the sinkers up into an assortment of small pieces and even flatten some of them into flakes, this is as close as you can get to simulate panning gold, and will help hone your technique, and it's great for teaching kids. Good luck and may your pan always shows color. Paul
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