Regional Digs & Shows

Below are some digs or shows that may be of interest




An Official Field Trip of the Southern Appalachian Mineral Society (Asheville, NC)(HOST)
An Official Field Trip of the (enter your associated club’s name here!)

Saturday, July 15, 2017
9:00 a.m. Eastern
McKinney Mine
Near Spruce Pine, NC

Fee: $20
TRIP: The Southern Appalachian Mineral Society is sponsoring the July field trip to the McKinney Mine at Emerald Village, near Spruce Pine, NC.  The trip will begin at 9:30 am with a guided tour of the Bon Ami feldspar mine and Museum. At approximately 10:15 we will cross the road to the dump piles of the McKinney Mine.  Digging is allowed all day.

COLLECTING: Nice Mica specimens as well as Smoky Quartz, Feldspar, and Garnets. Aquamarine & Green and Yellow Beryl can occasionally be found on the dumps but they are scarce. Many other rare and unusual rocks & minerals, including Columbite, Samarskite, Torbernite, Uranophane, Hyalite Opal, Malachite, Tourmaline, Thulite, Amazonite, Pyrite and Dendrites. One of our members will have a Geiger counter for checking Samarskite or Unaninite.

BRING: This is definitely a digging site. The surface will yield fewer specimens. People should bring hammers, chisel, shovel, safety glasses, gloves, collecting bucket, etc.  Tools are availble to rent for $25 per day (+ $50 deposit; tools can be shared & include shovel, rock hammer, crack hammer, safety goggles, trowel, small screen, 5 gallon bucket). Water and snacks are a good idea, but food is also available in the complex.
FEE: $20 per person / $10 for children 12 and under. Admission is by permit only! EVERY person going onto the dump area must pay the fee, whether collecting or not. There is also a flume where, for an additional fee, buckets can be purchased and searched.
REGISTRATION: Members should gather between 9:00 to 9:15 to register, pay the fee, and sign the release. For anyone under the age of 18, the form must also be signed by a parent or legal guardian. You must keep a copy of the permit and show it to any staff person upon request. Failure to present a permit upon request will result in your eviction from the site and confiscation of any collected materials.