Here’s another great map of the gold mines around Dahlonega
All the property in Georgia where you can gold mine is on private property, so the easiest way to get started finding gold is to join a gold mining club. Mike and I are members of the Weekend Gold Miners and the GPAA. The GPAA doesn’t have much in Georgia, but they do have one site that we actually last tried in 1998! So, obviously, I don’t have a lot of information about the GPAA site(s) in Georgia. However, if you can believe the reviews on the GPAA website regarding GPAA claims, the GPAA Bachanan claim sounds pretty good. I’ve also been a member of the Weekend Gold Miners club since 1997 and I highly recommend it. Here is there contact info
Gold Prospecting Clubs
I signed up at Crisson’s gold mine in Dahlonega:
Crisson Gold Mine
Another club that’s has one gold property in Georgia is the LDMA. They have a property near Gold ‘n Gem Grubbin in Cleveland:
The LDMA is a little pricey for me, but I think its worth checking out. I’ll let you know my thoughts when I get more info.
If you don’t want to join a club, you can pay-per-dig at Gold ‘n Gem Grubbin in Cleveland:
If you can’t find a club or don’t want to pay at Gold ‘n Gem Grubbin, you can drop us a line, maybe we’ll work out a day to go out and find some gold!
Metal Detecting Clubs
Stone Mountain Treasure Hunters — great club with wonderful folks. They’re called Stone Mountain Treasure Hunters, but they meet each month in Duluth.
North Georgia Relic Hunter club — I don’t have a lot of info about this club, but their website says they meet twice a month in Marietta
In 1909, over one hundred years ago, the very competent state geologist S.P. Jones created a map of the gold deposits in the state of Georgia. Below is a copy of the famous gold map:
This map along with the KMZ file of gold mines is a great resource for gold prospecting in Georgia. However, importing this map into google Earth isn’t as easy as importing the gold mines file, but it can be done. OK, here are the steps:
- Install or open Google Earth
- Once in google Earth, click Add –> Image Overlay. Type a name and browse to the location of the 1909 georgia gold map on your hard drive. I use about 60% transparency, so I can see what I’m doing in the next step.
- This is the hard part, you need to size the map to overlay on the state of georgia by moving the Edit Image Overlay box over to the side out of the way and then using the tools superimposed on the image to move, rotate and resize to fit. I start the process, by placing the map aligned with the upper left most portion of Georgia. I then rotate and tug to get the size close. I then zoom in on the county I’m most interested in finding gold and adjusting as needed.
- I can get the 1909 gold deposits map close on the county level, but if I try to scale the 1909 gold deposits map for the entire state, I can never get it quite right:
It’s not perfect, but you can move and scale the 1909 map for each county and as you can see the 1909 gold deposits map matches pretty close with the locations of the gold mines in Georgia! I hope you find this information useful! Have fun prospecting and please leave us your comments.
Finding gold is difficult! The old-timers (georgia gold rush of 1829) had a pretty good idea of where the placer and lode deposits in GA resided. So, using historical data to find gold is always a good idea. Here is a list of gold mines in the state of GA in KMZ format:
This file can be imported into Google Earth and give you a idea of where gold was found in the past.
- Install or open Google Earth
- Once in google Earth, click file open
That’s it, it’s that easy to import this file into google earth and now you can see where all the gold mines in georgia were once located. Here are a couple of screenshots showing the gold mines in georgia:
This is a great tool to prospect gold in Georgia! Also, check out the Georgia gold YouTube channel for other great informational videos on how to prospect and mine gold in Georgia!