Welcome to Dukes Creek MinesStrike it Rich in Helen, Georgia! The Dukes Creek Gold and Ruby Mines is a family attraction that is fun for all ages. Try your luck with our Georgia Gold Rush Paydirt Buckets filled with either Concentrated Gold or take a chance on our Gemstone Buckets with rare earth gems, such as rubies, sapphires, emeralds, amethyst, topaz, and more! All of our panning tables are covered and we are open rain or shine.
The National Forests in Georgia are a good place to enjoy nature and to pan for gold. The rules are that you can only use a gold pan and a shovel. This means you can’t use any heavy equipment like dredges and sluices.
Lake Allatoona in particular is a great campground option. There are actually eight different camping grounds at Lake Allatoona and most of them are close to where you can pan for gold. You wouldn’t need to travel far from your tent or RV to pan in the creeks.
Source: Gold Panning in Georgia | Learn About the Best Spots for Prospecting
Below is a list of the best rivers and creeks for gold prospecting. If you can find any sign of old mining activity, then you’re probably in a good spot.
If you live in North Georgia, then it’s best to join a prospecting club because they can tell you what all the local laws and regulations are. They also have their own member-only prospecting areas.
Located in Cherokee County, this river runs through most of North Georgia- including the city of Dahlonega. On this river you get fresh water that comes in through the North Georgia mountains. Placer deposits were found here back in the mining days.
There are also several different tributaries and creeks that make for good hunting spots.
The Little River is a tributary of the Etowah River, and the banks around this River can provide placer gold. Back in the day there were plenty of old mining operations nearby.
Located in White County, this river is 430 miles long. There are several other small creeks in the area that drain into the Chattahoochee River. This river and any nearby creeks have gold-panning potential, as White County was a key area during the gold boom.
There are also some National Forests located on this river where you can camp out and take your time panning.
The Chestatee River is is a major tributary of the Chattahoochee River. It had several mines back during the peak of the Georgia gold rush.