When most people think of panning for gold, they immediately identify the western coast. While history does tend to favor the California gold rush, many go unaware that there has also been gold in Georgia streams. The best part? You can still claim some of it for yourself! If you’ve got a case of gold fever, you’re invited to put your mining skills to the test. Just outside of our Helen paradise, you’ll find some of the best places for gold panning in Georgia!
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3 Places for Gold Panning in Georgia
Gold’n Gem Grubbin in Cleveland, GA
As North Georgia’s only commercially operating historic gold mine, Gold’n Gem Grubbin provides an experience unlike any other. This family-friendly attraction transports you on a journey back in time to the days of the 1800’s gold rush. You’ll feel just like the miners who traveled miles in search of riches as you pan for gold and gemstones in the cool river. You may also use the convenient sluices to discover if you are lucky enough to find gold, rubies, emeralds, and even old Georgia artifacts!
Dukes Creek Gem & Mining Co.
At Dukes Creek Gem & Mining, everyone takes home a treasure! Whether you’re in search of gold, rare Earth gems, or even prehistoric fossils, you’ll have the chance to find what suits your fancy. There is also a helpful and knowledgeable staff to help you identify what you find and evaluate their value. Your family will love this adventure surrounded by the beauty of the Alpine mountains.
Crisson Gold Mine in Dahlonega, GA
If you’re willing to travel 30 minutes outside of Helen, the Crisson Gold Mine experience is well worth the journey! The open-pit gold mine was established in 1847, making it the oldest gold mining establishment in North Georgia. Previous guests have found significant amounts of gold, large rubies, rare crystals, and much more! During your visit, be sure you see the old Stamp Mill that was used to crush gold-bearing rock into sand. It is the only original working Stamp Mill in the state of Georgia and one of the two still existing in the Southeast.
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Many people say that experiences are one of the most valuable things in life. When you stay with us in one of our luxury mountain cabins, you’ll see for yourself exactly what they mean. Our high-quality vacation homes are nestled in the North Georgia mountains and located just minutes from the charming Bavarian village. Not only will guests enjoy a peaceful getaway with modern amenities, but they’ll also be spoiled with unparalleled guest service and specials they won’t find anywhere else. If you’re ready for the experience of a lifetime, find your favorite Pinnacle cabin today and let’s start planning your dream family vacation.
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