Where can I pan for gold for free in NC?

Streams such as Little Buffalo Creek in Rowan and Cabarrus Counties, Dutch Buffalo Creek in Cabarrus County, Cabin Creek in Moore County, the Uwharrie River in Montgomery County and streams in the South Mountain area might be good places to try panning.

Do you need a permit to pan for gold in North Carolina?

In North Carolina, you are not allowed to carry off any rocks or minerals from state parks or recreation areas. You cannot hunt, pan or dig for minerals on private property without the permission of the property owner.

Where is the best place to go gold panning?

10 Best Places for Gold Prospecting Or Mine Tours

  • Eldorado Canyon, Nevada.
  • Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, California.
  • Old Hundred Gold Mine in Silverton, Colorado.
  • Queen Mine in Bisbee, Arizona.
  • Liarsville Gold Rush Camp, Alaska.
  • Lackawanna Coal Mine, Pennsylvania.
  • Cracker Creek Mining Camp in Sumpter, Oregon.

Are there any gold panning sites in North Carolina?

Panning on Public Lands. The Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests cover thousands of acres in western North Carolina, and the Forest Service allows gold panning on public lands with a few restrictions. Panners must only remove a small amount of gold for personal, not commercial, use.

Is it legal to pan for gold in North Carolina?

Gold panning in North Carolina is regulated by a number of laws. While most of these laws are fairly standard, we suggest that you study them carefully before you go prospecting here. Panning in federally owned land in North Carolina is allowed as long as the purpose is recreational and you only take back small amounts of gold.

Where can I buy gold in North Carolina?

The North Carolina Geological Survey offers several publications on gold in North Carolina through our Internet Sales Site – North Carolina Geological Survey Shop.

Where was the Gold Rush in North Carolina?

During North Carolina’s gold rush, Randolph County was the site of much commercial mining. The Hoover Hill Mine was particularly productive. It’s thought that much of the mine’s gold found its way into the Uwharrie River.