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Wondering if there is any notable gold bearing areas in South Carolina that anyone knows of? Looks like I will be moving back there in the next couple of months and I'm hoping to be able to continue my gold prospecting... as well as start doing some coin and relic hunting. Any info would be greatly appreciated. 

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What part of SC , used to live there in the early 70's

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Aiken, SC. Between Augusta, Georgia and Columbia,  SC.

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Good luck on your move.
I saw you on T.V. last night doin the Pawn thing ! Lookin Good.

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Got kin folk in Aiken.....all over that state.

 

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small world.....gotta sister in Aiken...…….

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21 hours ago, Chris Coffee said:

Wondering if there is any notable gold bearing areas in South Carolina that anyone knows of? Looks like I will be moving back there in the next couple of months and I'm hoping to be able to continue my gold prospecting... as well as start doing some coin and relic hunting. Any info would be greatly appreciated. 

 

11 hours ago, Chris Coffee said:

Aiken, SC. Between Augusta, Georgia and Columbia,  SC.

Chris,

There is gold in and around Aiken, albeit a little fine gold in the local streams, you'll find more northward, northwestward and northeastward from there, the closer you get to North Carolina and the better the gold, also there gold in north Georgia, you most likely will not find much if any detectable gold but you may get lucky since the gold detectors now-a-days can detect much smaller gold.

Here are some images of the southern gold belts, I had more of these maps on my old computer but it died and I haven't tried to retrieve any of the images yet, and I can't find some of the ones now on the internet that I had on the old computer, if I find any more I'll post them.

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Georgia gold deposits map from 1909

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Prospecting in the East is not the same.  The National Forests are not open to claims, and I doubt there are BLM lands.  Its really getting to know the public land rules for the specific area you want, or hoping you can find a land owner in that area willing to let you prospect.

Can't speak specifically to South Carolina, but in the Uwharrie National Forest in North Carolina, they allowed panning, but only in the creek, and I can't remember if hand tools were allowed.  I do remember in the two years I lived in North Carolina, I never tried prospecting.  Didn't take a trip to the gem mines neither.  One of my cooworkers in NC was an avid relic hunter, mostly coins and rings.  He was able to get permission from property owners to metal detect some old farms.

The GPAA website shows no leased areas open to them in South Carolina, but in North Carolina has 9 mostly gem areas available. The GPAA chapter for South Carolina can be found at: https://www.goldprospectors.org/Community/AboutGPAAChapters

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