Alabama Gold Camp Trip:
didn't realize that there was gold in Alabama. I mean,
you just never hear about it. However, I found
that there is one well kept secret, and that is, that
there is some pretty good gold in Alabama.
hearing about a new place that opened last year, called
the Alabama Gold Camp, I decided
I had to go check it out.
Boy, am I glad I
I went down for 3 days, the last weekend of
July 2007. We had a week at a condo to use before
our week expired,,, so, when we stumbled on a
place in Alabama, just 45 miles or so from the gold
camp, we booked the reservations.
this, I can tell you first hand... Never
stay 45 to 50 miles from where you are
prospecting. What a royal pain in the
butt! I mean, just when you get all wore out
from a good day of prospecting, and want to kick back
and talk to other prospectors, here you are, jumping in
the truck and driving for an hour or so.
My next trips down will definitely have
me staying at the Alabama gold camp. They have
really been improving the place nicely. They have
even added wi-fi access for us prospectors that have to
"Stay in touch". They did this pretty much at my
request. I can't believe how they cater to their
They treat you like a friend, even
though they never saw you before. Hospitality at
I have prospected in
Tennessee for the last 2 years. In all my outings,
I have not found as good of gold in quantity, as I did
for the 3 days spent at the Alabama gold camp.
When I arrived, I went into the store at the
entrance, paid my fee, and was told where all we could
go with our dredge.
When I drove down to the creek, I
was met by a young man at "the pavilion". We
talked for 15 or 20 minutes, and he told me about
several places that they had spot checked, and found
gold in quantity.
Wow.. never heard of a gold
camp doing that before...
So, I drove
around, and looked at several places along the little
river. It all looked pretty good, to be
honest. I decided on a place to set up the dredge
and got all set up.
I dredged for about 6 hours
that day. I planned on having to take the dredge
out for the night, since I wouldn't be staying at the
camp, but they told me to just tie it off, and they
would make sure nobody would mess with it until I
returned. That sure made life a lot
easier. It is a chore to take a dredge in and out
every day, I can assure you.
Ok, so, I panned
some of my cons from the first day. I didn't find
big gold, but i had a whole lot of fines. Well
over a gram. After panning at home, it was nearly a
The second day came, and I got to
the camp later than I am used to. I wanted to get
there at about 8:30, but getting up and driving all that
distance, just took a lot longer than I
The day went well. I was working
in a hole that was already started from their test, and
it is only about 2 or 3 feet to bedrock there, so it was
pretty easy dredging.
Along came 4pm or
so... It got so dark that I couldn't hardly see
under water. I popped my head up to see an all out
downpour complete with lightning all around me.
(hitting the ground)
I hurried up and drug the
dredge to the bank, did an extremely fast clean up,
and then we drug it into the trailer as quick as
two people could. Sliding and slipping in the mud
along the way. The rain didn't bug me, I was in my
wet suite. It was the lightning that was freaking
me out. It was hitting the ground all around us, and
Well, we waited for a good 30 minutes
and the storm kept raging, so I figured my day was over
at that point, and I peeled out of the wet suite and
threw on some cloths. So much for dry
The water was rising pretty
good, so we decided we better get the trailer hooked up
and pull it with us. I didn't want the river to
come up and trap us on the wrong side of the bridge we
had to go under.
To my surprise, the drive out
was pretty easy in the wet ground. I thought the
one big hill heading up to the store would give me some
issues pulling the trailer, but I didn't notice it
slipping a bit.
We sat up at the store and got to
visit with people. There was a lot of tension in
the air this weekend, because Lonnie and his wife were
asked to leave. They were packing the store that
day. We talked to them, and to Jeff (the
owner)while we were there. Everyone was very kind
to us, even though their partnership was at an
end. That speaks highly of them all.
rain finally slowed down, and almost stopped. I
decided it was time to head off to grab some dinner and
make that darn drive back to the condo... Boy, did
we find a great place for dinner. There is a bar b
que place just in town and when you get to the main
road, you take a right... it is just up on the
left. Real good food, and a decent
Well, Sunday morning rolled around, and
after dragging that dredge up to the trailer and loading
it all up, I was a bit sore. I had every intention of
dredging this day.
We packed out things, and were
going to drive back home after the day at the gold camp,
and shut down at 3 or 4pm. The further I drove,
the more I dreaded unloading and loading that dredge
back up in one day... So, we kept driving, and
went on home.
Now, I panned the gold out of my
cons for the two days separately. I had them in
different buckets, which I often do from habit, because
I run test holes and keep it separated.
I had a blast
panning this stuff out.
I was asked several
times how much I got, before I was completely
done. I would say it looked like a gram a day or
The results are in, and I pulled out a
bit under 4 grams in those 2 days. This
is with a 3 inch pro line dredge, and only running about
6 hours or less each day. That is pretty good for
east coast dredging.
I know others find
more in places like North Carolina, but it is hard for
me to get out that way. I would like to get out
there more too, but hey, I have to work for a
However, I found a place along the
Tellico River, in TN, that has some really good
gold. I think when I get to the bottom of the hole
I found, I will have over an ounce. That is
another story though.
As far as my review of the
Alabama gold camp goes:
This is one A + facility
They do have several RV camp
spots with hook ups. (not sure about sewage) but
definitely water and electric.
Tons of places to
tent camp. You don't have to stay in a specific
place either. If you want to camp near your work
area - no problem!
If you want to camp near others,
or alone, again,, no problem.
There are rest
rooms and showers, and now a washer and
The prospectors store.
for us nerd's that have to keep up with life while out
The place is
HUGE... a lot of room for high banking,
dredging, sluicing and detecting! They have 3 creeks
that you can prospect.
If you want to find good
gold and friendly people, head on down to a hard to find
place called the Alabama Gold Camp.
You wont find it
on accident, I can promise you that....
You can visit their website at: http://alabamagoldcamp.com/
is more info, and some pretty decent directions on their
until next time,
TN Gold Co.
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