SUMMER TRIPS AND ROCK HOUND TOURS

JUNE DATES & LOCATIONS

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June 2nd  Gold Panning and River Gemstone Collecting

We will be leaving the shop at 8am. This is private property so we will not give out the address. 

$35 per person regardless of age. 

You should bring water shoes or hiking boots, towel, change of clothes.

Required to bring ~ Collection bucket, hand shovel, collection bottle for gold, set of tweezers to collect gold.
*Gold pans will be provided* 

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June 16th Trips are for Kids!

1pm departure time from Doc's Rocks, we will be walking to the river in front of Doc's Rocks and Mystery Hill along the Middle Fork Greenway Trail. This tip is focused on education about the gemstones and nature. We will talk about how the stones are formed, where they came from and how to pan for gold. Wear cloths that you don't mind getting wet and bring a change of cloths, a bucket to take home your rocks and a towel.

ATTENTION: Children must have an adult chaperone present at all times.

JULY DATES & LOCATIONS

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 July 14th Propst Ruby Mine

We leave our parking lot at 8:00 am sharp. 

$20 Per Person (Regardless of age)

No Children under 10 years of age and all children MUST be accompanied by a participating adult. 

This is a very high impact tour involving heavy picking and shoveling.

You must provide your own tools, shovels and buckets.

We will be digging for Rubies and Sapphires.

No heavy machinery allowed. 

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July 28th Topaz Outcrop

8 am departure time from Doc's Rocks, arriving at location by 9 am.  You are welcome to meet us at the location: Elk Mills General Store 5630 US 321 Butler TN. 

$20 per adult, $10 kids 12 and under. 

What to bring~ water shoes, change of clothes, collection bucket, sunblock/hat, bug spray. No shovels or dry tools needed. 

**This is a river tour, therefore if there are high amounts of rain we will cancel this trip by the Friday prior**

AUGUST DATES & LOCATIONS

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 Aug. 11th Valle Crucis 

$20 Per Person (Regardless of age)

We leave our parking lot at 8am sharp and will be heading to part of the Watauga River to sift through fluvial washout to find a wide variety of gemstones. You have the potential to find Sapphires, Citrine, Unakite, Peridot, Moonstone, Topaz and Rubies. This tour is very low impact and is open to anyone over the age of 8. Children MUST be accompanied by a participating adult! This trip is easy accessible, but there is a LOT of walking involved to get to where we need to be. Once we reach the site, we will be hunting in and out of a river where there are a LOT of slick rocks.

No heavy machinery or digging equipment allowed.

You are responsible for your own collection equipment.

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Aug. 25th Glenn Burney Garnet Outcrop

$20 Per Person.

We will leave our parking lot at 8am.

This is a great tour where we are looking through a shallow stream hunting for garnets. This tour is very low impact and is open to anyone over the age of 8. Children MUST be accompanied by a participating adult! This trip is easy accessible and is a good suggestion for persons with physical limitations.

No heavy machinery or digging equipment allowed.

You are responsible for your own collection equipment.

SEPTEMBER DATES & LOCATIONS

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September 8th Appalachian Caverns Rock Hound Tour (Doc's Favorite trip)

$20 per person (Regardless of age)

We will meet at the cavern at 10:15.

The cave tour will start NO LATER then 10:30

This trip is NOT for the faint of heart or for those afraid of heights, falling from heights, claustrophobic, limited physical capabilities or being lost in the dark.

This trip is strongly suggested for adults and very mature, capable children.

NO ONE UNDER 10 YEARS OLD ALLOWED!

We are going into the deepest part of the caverns where they DO NOT take the public to look at some amazing "Ice Age" rock formations and to learn about the geology of cave formations and the history of this particular cave. 

SPECIAL DIGS

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Once a year or once in a lifetime trips.


SURPRISE DIGS

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Yeah, we didn't know we were going either until right before it happened!

Keep an eye on this one.

DATES PENDING