Public Gold Mining In Alabama
Alabama Gold Mines
A zone of lode and placer gold deposits extends in the Piedmont region from Alabama to Maryland. Alabama has many former gold mines and current prospecting sites. Alabama was one of the primary sources of US gold before the California gold discovery. Many of the richest mining areas are located on private ground, but the National Forest lands do provide opportunities for the public.
Recreational Gold Panning in Alabama
Recreational gold panning in Alabama is open to everyone, as long as you abide by the Laws of Gold Panning in Alabama. Major and heavy mining equipment are not allowed to use for panning. This means that you require a permit from the Forest Rangers in order to carry out commercial gold panning. If you don’t have a permit, you can only conduct gold panning and prospecting using light-weight tools, like a pan and your hands only.
Gold Panning in Alabama State Parks
Alabama’s State-owned parks are open and free to everyone seeking to conduct a gold panning exercise. This is because they are viewed as public thus both natives and tourists to the state can carry out gold panning freely. However, in order to conduct a commercial gold panning activity you need to be in possession of a gold prospecting and exploration permit which are readily available at Park Ranger Offices.