Gold, I guess is where you find it.

Detailed directions to the sites will be given in the printed and PDF newsletters sent to members monthly.

S.A.M.S. Field Trips

Grove Stone Quarry, Black Mt. NC
October 14, 2017

Long postponed trip to Grove Stone. We will join a three-mile hike starting in the Quarry and winding through the property to see how the Quarry is dealing with environmental issues. Grove Stone has created trails and view sites as part of reclamation. We can pick up samples along the way.

Wilson Creek
October 21, 2017

Wilson Creek has been designated a protected Wild and Scenic River by the Congress. It cuts through a gorge east of Grandfather Mountain. Because of the swift river cutting deeply through rock, it is one of the premier places to see the geologic layering of the ridges in this region. Much of the rock is a distinctive mixture of light green and pink granite. The creek is easily reached from periodic parking pullouts with stairs and platforms down to the river within the National Forest. No tools are necessary except perhaps a rock hammer and bag to carry a few specimens. You will want to bring a picnic lunch. People often swim or wade in the lower reaches of the creek.


Graves Mountain,
Lincolnton, GA
You are invited to field collect minerals at Georgia's premiere mineral location!
Collecting Rutile, Kyanite, Lazulite, Iridescent Hematite, Pyrophyllite, Pyrite, Ilmenite, Fuchsite, Barite, Sulfur, variscite, woodhouseite, crandallite, strengite, phosphosiderite, cacoxenite, blue quartz, quartz crystals, etc.

Rock Swap & Dig
• 8 am to 6 pm, Friday, October 6, 2017
• 8 am to 6 pm, Saturday, October 7, 2017
• 8 am to 6 pm, Sunday, October 8, 2017

The caretaker in charge of Graves Mountain, Clarence Norman Jr., has announced plans to hold a three day dig and rock swap on the Mountain during April and October. He will have the mountain open to collecting from 8 am to 6 pm each day. All participants must stop at the welcome table in the Hospitality tent to sign a liability release and make a small contribution to defray the cost of opening the mountain and providing port-o-lets. There will be several golf cart type, four wheeled vehicles available to transport those participants who have trouble walking long distances. The dig will cease and everyone is expected to be off the mountain by around 6 pm each day. Participants will be allowed to park in a designated area on the mountain.

Rock Swap and Hot Food/Drinks:
Junior will set aside an area in the upper parking lot for tables to be setup for daily rock swaps. Anyone who would like to setup a table(s), please contact Junior at the phone numbers listed below. Hot food cooked on the grill, cold drinks and chips will be available for purchase on the mountain during all three days of these events.

Contact Information: Clarence Norman Jr. (Junior) - 706-359-1544 (his business)
or 706-401-3173 (his cell)

Mark your calendar and tell all your friends about this great event!

DIRECTIONS: From Atlanta's I-285, take I-20 east to the exit for Washington, GA SR 78 (SR 10, SR 17) and turn left. Travel north to Washington, turn right onto SR 378 and drive 11 miles to the Graves Mountain area. The entrance to Graves Mountain is on your right about 8/10 mile past the Lincoln county line sign. The entrance is a paved road that goes through a gate and up a hill. Please park along the access road and then proceed to the "Welcome Tent" at the end of the pavement to obtain a liability release form and to make a donation for the portable bathrooms, etc.

Graves mountain is accessible and open for mineral collecting by colleges, universities, and gem and mineral societies. Groups as small as two INDIVIDUAL mineral collectors can now reserve the mountain!

In order to gain access, (except for the two yearly "Rock Swaps and Digs") you will need to contact the caretaker, Clarence Norman, Jr (Junior) at 706-359-1544 (his business) or 706-401-3173 (his cell). Give him a call and he can reserve the mountain exclusively for your group. All of the mineral societies that come here to collect, offer the caretaker a donation for his trouble and effort in keeping the mountain open and assessable to them. Please consider what it is worth to your mineral society to be able to field collect minerals at Georgia's premiere mineral location!

Graves Mountain code of conduct!

Park your vehicle in the designated area(at the end of the paved access road but not much beyond the woods to the right of this road).
NO child under the age of 12 years old is to be allowed on the mountain because of all the dangers involved.
ALL pets must be kept under control and on a leash.
The caretaker, Junior Norman, has final and absolute say as to where you may safely work.
Ladders or power tools of any kind will not be allowed. (HAND TOOLS ONLY!)
(The caretaker must accompany anyone driving beyond the parking area!)
EVERYONE NEEDS TO BE OFF THE MOUNTAIN BY DUSK. (Absolutely no one is allowed on Graves Mountain after dark.)


Dixie Mineral Council Field Trip
The Southeast Federation of Mineralogical Societies, Inc

An Official Field Trip of the Cobb County Gem and Mineral Society, Inc. (Marietta, GA) (HOST)
An Official Field Trip of the Southern Appalachian Mineral Society
Saturday, October 28, 2017
10:00 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern
Rockmart, Polk County, GA

TRIP: This is a favorite collecting trip of CCGMS.  New areas are bulldozed each time and jasper is plentiful and easy to find.
COLLECTING: We will collect beautiful jasper pieces that make excellent cabochons. The pieces are multi-colored in reds, yellows, whites, and blacks with both banding and mottled arrangements.
BRING: Rock hammer, small pick or shovel for light digging, a garden rake, work gloves and a bucket to put finds in. Please fill any holes you make as this is a working cattle ranch and we are grateful to the owner for letting us collect on his land.  New areas have been bulldozed so that the jasper is quite easy to find. You might want to bring a spray bottle of water to clean finds.   Bring your lunch and water to drink. The hosting club will have bottled water and snacks available.
CHILDREN: Yes, this is a great trip for children of all ages with parental supervision.
PETS: No. This is a working cattle ranch, no dogs are allowed.
FACILITIES: There are no facilities at the site.

DIRECTIONS: For Members Only

Dixie Mineral Council Field Trip
The Southeast Federation of Mineralogical Societies, Inc.

An Official Field Trip of the Knoxville Gem & Mineral Society (Knoxville, TN) (HOST)
An Official Field Trip of the Southern Appalachian Mineral Society
Sunday, October 1, 2017
Summerville, GA
10:00 AM Eastern (9 am Central)

Due to storm damage from hurricane Irma, the trip originally scheduled for Saturday, September 30 had to be cancelled and replaced with this trip on Sunday, October 1.

COLLECTING: Lace agate/chert, silicified oolitic chert, some jaspers.

BRING: Rock hammer, scratching tools, buckets, and paper for wrapping specimens. You will also need gloves, protective eyewear, hat, sunscreen, and sturdy boots with ankle support (hiking boots).
FACILITIES: There are no facilities at the quarry, but the site is not far from town. The Knoxville Gem & Mineral Society members will have free water and snacks available for everyone.

CHILDREN: This field trip is suitable for children but they must be supervised at all times.

PETS: No pets are allowed.
SAFETY: This is an active quarry. STAY AWAY from all heavy equipment, quarry machinery and any areas declared off limits. Any violation of this requirement could jeopardize future access to this site.
WAIVER: All participants must sign a waiver before entering the collecting site.

Field trips are open to all members of associated clubs of the DMC program of the SFMS Field Trip Committee and to all members of SFMS member clubs who have provided their membership with SFMS liability insurance. Because of insurance requirements, members of the GENERAL PUBLIC are NOT invited on any DMC program field trips.


Here are some photos taken at past field trips:

Nantahala Talc and Limestone Quarry
Nov. 10, 2007
Nantahala Talc and Limestone Quarry
Nov. 10, 2007
Nantahala Talc and Limestone Quarry
Nov. 10, 2007
Nantahala Talc and Limestone Quarry
Nov. 10, 2007
Nantahala Talc and Limestone Quarry
Nov. 10, 2007
Nantahala Talc and Limestone Quarry
Nov. 10, 2007
Nantahala Talc and Limestone Quarry
Nov. 10, 2007
Nantahala Talc and Limestone Quarry
Nov. 10, 2007
Nantahala Talc and Limestone Quarry
Nov. 10, 2007
Nantahala Talc and Limestone Quarry
Nov. 10, 2007
Lowell at Little Pine, May 2006
Judy collecting garnets at Little Pine, May 2006
Martina looking for Kyanite, June 2005
Glenden, April 2006
Glenden, April 2006
Glenden, April 2006
Glenden, April 2006
Bob O'Brien Bob O'Brien strikes it rich at the Thermal City Gold Mine.

S.A.M.S. family hunting for quartz crystals.
S.A.M.S. Family

Sharing finds at Lake Douglas.
Lake Douglas

A prized smokey quartz crystal from Lake Douglas.
Lake Douglas Quartz

Digging for rubies & sapphires in the red dirt of Propst Farm.
Propst Farm

Lowell Presnell, proud of the hole he has dug.
Lowell in hole

Illustration with text from LIVING FOSSILS by Anne L. Parker. Used by permission of Dr. James P. Parker.