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Prospecting Vacations

Biggest online listings of prospecting vacation locations. If you want to look for Gold or Gems, this is the place to find your adventure!

Thermal City Gold Mine

Between Marion and Rutherfordton, NC

  • Phone: 828-286-3016
  • Web site: http://www.huntforgold.com/
  • Length of Vacation: Day, Overnight or longer
  • Cost: From $10 a day to pan, to $150 for 2 day common events (see site for more info)
  • Open: Seasonal (March – November, see site for exact dates)
  • Type of Prospecting: Gold – Panning, Sluice, Dredge & MD
  • Equipment: Bring your own; store on site with supplies
  • Instruction: Site does not say
  • Lodging: Camping and Cabin rentals available (see site for more info)
  • Meals: Site does not say

From their web site:

Since 1992, Thermal City Gold Mine has been the best recreational gold & gem mining facility in the eastern United States. Our aim is to provide a true and authentic experience.

Located on the actual site of one of the earliest mines of Rutherford County, the mine has had a long and varied history. In the May 14, 1830 issue of The North Carolina Spectator and Western Advisor the announcement was made that the mine was open. it added, “This mine bids fair to become one of the best in the gold region.”

Thermal City Gold Mine consists of a one mile section of the Second Broad River and about 85 acres of Placer Gravel deposits. The river provides plenty of working area. Material is dug from our pit and delivered to the work site by a backhoe and an excavator. The gravel is not “enhanced or enriched”. The gold that is found here is in its natural state – right where nature has deposited it! Every effort is made to provide a natural setting and an authentic experience.

We also have a Gem Mining operation where rough gemstone material may be found. This is great fun for the ladies and children, and a few old grizzled miners also get caught up in the excitement.

6 Comments

  1. matt

    we will be going up to see you. this will be are 3ed time going up and the 2nd dig. I got # 1 the first time. we had a good time. this is the best place to go gold hunting.

  2. Helen Butterworth

    I have panned for gold in Georgia.Is your location like that?We were in a building.Paid for bucket of sand and panned for gold.I will be coming with two grandsons.I don’t know anything about panning for gold by a creek or stream.Could you give me locations of places to where we could pan for gold and look for gems.

    • Dan

      Hi Helen, thanks for visiting my site. I am not affiliated with any of the sites listed here. I simply put them all in one place so people can find them easier. If you would like to leave a message for Thermal City Gold Mine, please visit their website. You can find the link above.

      Good luck!
      Dan
      ProspectingVacations.com

  3. Brad Jacobs

    I am looking to plan a adventure trip for my wife and I in 2014. One of the things iIwanted to do was hunt for Gems and pan for gold. Can you send me details on best time of year and other suggestions on best trip. Thanks Brad

    • Dan

      Hi Brad, thanks for visiting my site. I am not affiliated with any of the sites listed here. I simply put them all in one place so people can find them easier. If you would like to leave a message for Thermal City Gold Mine, please visit their website. You can find the link above.
      Good luck!
      Dan
      ProspectingVacations.com

  4. william sutton

    been there,going back

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