Trips for 2012

Contact Mickey Cecil or Lucy Miller  for field trip information

January 2012

January 7, Florida

  • Honey colored calcite in fossil clam and whelk shells found in the Nashua and tamiami formation limestone (1.8 to 3 million years old). Also sharks teeth and bone fragments have been found.

February 2012

February 25, North Carolina

  • Quartz crystals, often clear and sometimes huge

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trips for 2011
Contact Mickey Cecil or Lucy Miller  for field trip information

 

January 2011

January 21-22 Georgia

  • facet grade crystals

January 29 Florida

  • Calcified marine clam shells, and reports of fossils

February 2011

February 26 Georgia

  • Pennsylvanian Age Fossils -Paleozoic plant fossils (fern fossils/coal fossils), Lycopods such as Lepidodendron, giant horsetails such as Calamites, seed ferns, fossilized seeds.

April 2011

April 22-24 Georgia

  • Rutile, lazulite, pyrophyllite and more

April 29-May 1 Georgia

  • Rutile, lazulite, pyrophyllite and more

April 30 Georgia

  • Savannah River Agate

May 2011

May 28 North Carolina

  • gold, white quartz

Oct 2011

Oct 7- 9 Georgia

  • rutile, lazulite, pyrophyllite and more

 

 

 

 

2010 Field Trips

 

July 2010

July 17 South Carolina

  • Quartz, clear crystals, milky quartz, skeletal quartz, quartz coated with hematite or manganese, some micro-minerals such as cacoxenite, also amethyst and smokey quartz

July 23-25 Georgia

  • crystals

August 2010

Aug 21 Georgia

  • Cambrian age trilobites

September 2010

Sept 24,25,26 Kentucky

  • fluorite, sphalerite, galena, calcite, quartz and other minerals

October 2010

Oct 1,2,3 Georgia

  • quartz-sericite schist, sericite-kyanite-quartz rock (quartzite) and quartz conglomerate, rutile, kyanite, lazulite, iridescent hematite, pyrophyllite, pyrite,  ilmenite, muscovite, fuchsite, barite, sulfur, blue quartz and quartz crystals with a hematite coating, micro phosphate and phosphosulfate minerals  Woodhouseite, variscite, strengite, phosphosiderite, cacoxenite, crandallite along with accessory quartz, pyrite, pyrophylite, dickite, jarosite and sulfur crystals.

Click here to see field trip pictures from our Georgia field trip

Oct 9 North Carolina

  • pyrite, fluorite

Oct 23 Virginia

  • mostly white with some blue kyanite, Quartz, pyrite, white muscovite, green fuchsite, and red iron stained muscovite, himatite or goethite coated kyanite with some having beautiful iridescent coating.

November 2010

Nov 6 Tennessee

  • slag.  The slag was a byproduct of making iron.  Some of the slag is quit colorful in shades of blue and green some with swirls.  The slag is easily cut and polished and makes nice pendants it is too soft for rings.

Nov 11-14 South Carolina

  • skeletal quartz , possibly amethyst, and smoky quartz .

Nov 26-28 North Carolina

  • amethyst



 

Past Field Trips

July 2009
July 3-5, 2009
Crystal Mine and Hogg Mine, Lagrange, GA
Fee: $17/adult/day
Quartz crystals, rose quartz, schorl, beryl

June 2009
June 13, 2009
Morganton Quarry, Morganton, NC
Garnet, golden beryl, black tourmaline, apatite, sphene, feldspar, biotite and muscovite books, and siderite

May 2009
May 16, 2009
Graves Mountain, Lincoln Co., GA
Fee: donation recommended
Rutile, lazulite, kyanite, pyrophyllite, pyrite, irridescent hematite, quartz, various other minerals

April 2009
April 24-26, 2009
Graves Mountain Rock Swap
Contribution for collecting requested at sign in
Graves Mountain, Lincoln Co., GA
Rutile, lazulite, kyanite, pyrophyllite, pyrite, irridescent hematite, quartz, various other minerals

March 2009
DMC Trip
March 28, 2009 9:00am-2:00pm
Arlington, TN - Memphis Stone and Gravel Company
Chert gravels with fossils (Mississippian, Devonian, and Silurian), petrified wood, agate, conglomerate, quartz and other rocks and minerals associated with regional alluvial terrace deposits of Pleistocene / Pliocene age. We will be collecting the gravel from stockpiles.

February 2009
DMC Trip Cancelled
Location closed

January 2009
January 31, 2009
Diamond Hill Mine
Antreville, Abbeville Co., SC
Skeletal Quartz, Amethyst, Smoky Quartz, cacoxenite

Trips for 2008
December 2008
December 9, 2008
Jackson's Crossroads Amethyst Mine
Jackson's Crossroads, Wilkes County, GA
Amethyst and rock quartz

November 2008

Fort Drum Crystal Mine Report by Jason Hamilton
November 22 & 23, 2008
Fort Drum Crystal Mine, Fort Drum, Fl
Calcified marine fossils
Contact: Jeff and Karyn Bee

November 15, 2008
Dothan, AlabamaThis trip is Cancelled!
Multi-colored chert and chert fossils

November 1, 2008
Hogg Mine Rock Swap photos
Fee: $17.00
Smiths Crossroads, Ga (south of LaGrange)
Rose quartz, schorl (black tourmaline), green and blue beryl

October 2008
October 31, 2008
Clio, Alabama Field Trip photos
Clio, Alabama
Petrified Wood


October 25, 2008
Bayou Pierre River, Utica, MS
Agate, jasper, petrified wood, chert fossils

October 3, 4 & 5, 2008
Graves Mountain Rock Swap
Contribution for collecting requested at sign in
Graves Mountain, Lincoln Co., GA
Rutile, lazulite, kyanite, pyrophyllite, pyrite, irridescent hematite, quartz, various other minerals

September 2008
DMC Trip
September 27, 2008
Buck Creek Area of Chunky Gal Mountain, Clay Co., NC
Various minerals, corundum (sapphire/ruby), sillimanite, rutile, kyanite, mica, garnet, moonstone, soapstone

August 2008
JGMS Trip
August 16-17, 2008
Summerville, GA.
Lace Agate
Southeast Gem and Mineral Show, Cartersville, GA
Mary Hill Jasper, Kingston, GA

DMC Trip
August 16, 2008
Crabtree Emerald Mine, Grassy Creek Township, NC (near Little Switzerland)
Emeralds in matrix, emerald crystals, schorl, garnet, golden beryl, and fluorite (rare).

July 2008
DMC Trip
July 19, 2008
Diamond Hill Mine, Antreville, SC
Skeletal quartz, smoky quartz, and amethyst

June 2008
DMC Trip
June 28, 2008
Union Mills, NC
Gold

May 2008
JGMS Trip
May 31, 2008
Girard, GA
Savannah River Agate Trip Info

DMC Trip
May 17, 2008
Aquadale, NC
Limonite pseudomorphs after pyrite cubes

April 2008
The Campsite Photos

JGMS Trip April 27, 2008
Jackson's Crossroads, Ga
Amethyst and rock quartz
Diamond Hill and JXR Report and Photos

JGMS Trip
April 26, 2008
Diamond Hill Mine, Antreville, SC
Skeletal quartz, smoky quartz, amethyst, cacoxenite

Open Trip
April 24-27, 2007
Graves Mountain, Lincoln Co., GA
Rutile, lazulite, pyrophyllite, kyanite, quartz, irredescent hematite
Graves Mtn. Report and Photos

DMC
April 2008
Chunky Gal Mountain, Clay County, NC
Ruby corundum (pink to red), Spinel (black to brown "galaxite" and magnesio-chromite), Sapphirine, Talc, Serpentine, Brucite (white to blueish chalky chunks), Tremolite, Actinolite, Smaragdite (chrome-emerald green amphibole), Pyroxine (chrome diopside/sparse green micro-crystals of weathered amphibolite matrix), Fuchsite and Dunite.

March, 2008
DMC
March 2008
Martin Marietta Quarry, Woodleaf, NC
Calcite, Chabazite, Chalcopyrite, Epidote, Feldspar, Fluorite, Hornblende, Molybdenite, Natrolite, Prehnite, Pyrite, Quartz


Fort Drum Crystal Mine Show and Dig
March 13-16, 2008 8:00am-5:00pm $30/day/person, $15/day for children under 12, Children under 5 are free
Fort Drum, Okeechobee Co., Florida
Contact: Edwin Rucks Sr. at 863-634-0691
The coquina matrix is in the Anastasia Formation (Pleistocene) and is composed of cemented marine fossils with calcite. Any cavities within these fossils may contain calcite crystals. Honey colored calcite crystals up to 1" in length can be found within large fossilized clamshells. Small calcite crystals within shells are very common.

February 2008
DMC
February 2008
Patty Construction Quarry, Chattooga Co., GA
Summerville Lace Agate

January 2008
DMC-JGMS Host
January 2008
Vulcan Quarry, Brooksville, FL
Marine fossils, chert, calcite crystals
Vulcan Quarry Pictures

Trip Cancelled
GMS Trip-JGMS Invitation
January 20, 2008
Honeymoon Island State Recreation Area, Dunedin, FL
Uninhabited shells and agatized coral


Trips for 2007

November-December, 2007
DMC
December 1, 2007
Amos Cunningham Farm, Due West, SC
Beryl, Smoky Quartz, Amethyst

October 2007
Open Trip
October 5-7, 2007
Graves Mountain, Lincoln County, Georgia
Rutile, lazulite, pyrophyllite, kyanite, quartz, irredescent hematite

Open Trip
October 20, 2007 8:00am-12:00pm
Glendon, NC
Pyrite cubes

DMC Trip
October 20, 2007
LaFarge Cement Quarry, Harleyville, SC
Marine Fossils

September 2007
DMC Trip
September, 2007
Dothan, Alabama
Intercostal plains flint and chert

August 2007
DMC Trip
August, 2007
Chunky Gal Mountain, Clay County, NC
Zoisite with Ruby

July 2007
DMC Trip
July, 2007
Columbia Mines, Marion, Kentucky
Fluorite, smithsonite, sphalerite, cerussite, galena, hemimorphite, hydrozincite, quartz, & pyromorphite. Calcite is by far the most common mineral found, and all other minerals require some digging in the dump to locate.

June 2007
June 9, 2007
Rodney Moore's quartz crystal mine
Smith's Crossroads, Georgia
Quartz Crystals

May 2007
DMC Trip
May, 2007
Boxley Materials Company, Mount Athos Plant, Lynchburg, Virginia
Some of the minerals we have collected in the past are white and pink Calcite, pink Marble, Feldspar, Quartz, Ilmenite, Epidote, Pyrite, Actinolite, Chlorite, Muscovite, Magnetite, Hematite, Limonite, Rutile, Manganite, Cuprite, Chalcopyrite, Bornite, Malachite, Sphene, Apatite and Stilbite. Also reported to occur are Byssolite, Tremolite, Chrysocolla, Heulandite and Azurite.

April 2007
Open Trip
April 27-29, 2007
Graves Mountain, Lincoln Co., GA
Rutile, lazulite, pyrophyllite, kyanite, quartz, irredescent hematite

DMC Trip
April, 2007
Girard, Burke Co, GA
Savanah River Agate

March 2007
DMC Trip
March, 2007
Hickory Cane Mines, Marion, KY
Calcite, fluorite, smithsonite, sphalerite, cerussite, galena, hemimorphite, hydrozincite, quartz, pyromorphite

February 2007
DMC Trip
February, 2007
Hogg Mine, Lagrange, Troupe Co., GA
Rose quartz, schorl, beryl

January 2007
DMC Trip
January, 2007
Ladd's Mountain, Cartersville, GA
Cave onyx and formations


Trips for 2006

December 2006
DMC Trip
December 2, 2006
JXR
Amethyst

November 2006
JGMS Trip
November 11 & 12, 2006
Cunningham Prospect and JXR

DMC Trip
Nov, 2006
Graves Mountain, Lincoln Co., GA
Rutile, lazulite, pyrophyllite, kyanite, quartz, irredescent hematite

October 2006
Open Trip
October 6-8, 2006
Graves Mountain, Lincoln Co., GA
Rutile, lazulite, pyrophyllite, kyanite, quartz, irredescent hematite

Open Trip
October 6-8, 2006
Jackson's Crossroads, Rodney Moore Prospect, Wilkes Co., GA
Amethyst, rock quartz

DMC Trip
October, 2006
Kingston, TN
Trilobites

Open Trip
October 21, 2006
Glendon, Moore Co., NC
Pyrite, fluorite

September 2006
DMC Trip
September, 2006
Bayou Pierre River near Utica, Mississippi
Agate, petrified wood, jasper, chert fossils

August 2006
DMC Trip
August, 2006
Diamond Hill Mine, Antreville, SC
Milky quartz, skeletal quartz, smoky quartz, amethyst, cacoxenite

July 2006
DMC Trip
July, 2006
Corundum Knob, Clay County, NC
Ruby corundum, Spinel, Sapphirine, Talc, Serpentine, Brucite, Tremolite, Actinolite, Smaragdite, Pyroxine, Fuchsite, Dunite

June 2006
DMC Trip
June, 2006
Morganton, NC
garnet, golden beryl, black tourmaline, apatite, sphene, feldspar, biotite and muscovite books, and siderite

May 2006
DMC Trip
May, 2006
Norwood, NC
Limonite pseudomorphs after pyrite

Open Trip
May 6-7, 2006
Keokuk, Iowa
Geodes

April 2006
JGMS Trip
April 30, 2006
Diamond Hill Mine, Antreville, SC
Skeletal quartz, smoky quartz, amethyst

SFMS Trip
April 28-30, 2006
Graves Mountain, Lincoln County, Georgia
Rutile, lazulite, pyrophyllite, kyanite, quartz, irredescent hematite
Graves Mountain Rock Swap pictures

SFMS Trip
Glendon, NC
Pyrite cubes

DMC Trip
April 22, 2006
Epes, AL
Marcasite nodules

March 2006
DMC Trip
Martin-Marietta Quarry, Statesville, NC
Garnets in mica schist. Occasionally you may find kyanite, hornblendes, quartz types, pyrite and rarely chalcopyrite

JGMS Trip
March 11-12, 2006
Rucks Pit, Ft. Drum, Florida
Calcite, marine fossils, vertebrate fossils

February 2006
DMC Trip
Hogg Mine, Lagrange, Georgia
Rose quartz, schorl(black tourmaline), beryl

January 2006
DMC Trip
Durham Mines, Walker County, Georgia
"Coal fossils"- fern fossils


Trips for 2005

December 2005
DMC Trip
Diamond Hill Quarry, Antreville, SC
Skeletal quartz, smoky quartz, amethyst, cacoxenite

November 2005
DMC Trip
Nantahala Talc and Limestone Quarry, Hewitt, NC
Banded pink, gray and yellow marble, calcite, dolomite, pyrite, travertine and talc

JGMS Trip
November 12-13
Rucks' Pit, Fort Drum, FL
Calcite and marine fossils.

October 2005
DMC Trip
LaFarge Quarry, Harleyville, SC
Marine fossils

SFMS Trip
October 8
Glendon, NC
Pyrite, fluorite, micro-minerals

SFMS Trip
October 7, 8, 9
Graves Mountain, Lincoln Co., GA
Rutile, lazulite, pyrophyllite, kyanite, quartz, and variety of other minerals


JGMS Trip
September 30 & October 1, 2
Preston, GA (30th) -- Lagrange, GA (1st-2nd)
Goethite geodes (30th), Rose quartz, schorl, beryl (1st), quartz crystals(2nd)
Preston & Lagrange, GA trip pictures

September 2005
DMC Trip
Woodbury, Tennessee
Quartz Geodes

August 2005
DMC Trip
Ladd's Mountain, Cartersville, GA
Cave Onyx, black flint nodules, Dendrites, Calcite crystals (botryoidal and stalactic), Aragonite, and Dolomite.

July 2005
DMC Trip
Rose Creek Mine, Clay County, NC
Collecting: Corundum-Rubies and Sapphires, Garnets, Quartz, Feldspar, possibly emeralds

June 2005
DMC Trip
Chunky Gal, Clay County, NC
Collecting: Corundum-Rubies and Sapphires

Thursday June 23, 2005
Diamond Hill Mine, Antreville, SC
Collecting: Skeletal quartz, smoky quartz, amethyst, cacoxenite
Diamond Hill Field Trip pictures

Friday June 24, 2005
Ray Mica Mine, Burnsville, NC
Collecting beryl, tourmaline, mica, smoky quartz, apatite, and other pegmatite minerals

Saturday June 25, 2005
McRocks Get-Together, Bear Den Campground, Spruce Pine, NC

May 2005
Monday May 16, 2005
Diamond Hill Mine, Antreville, SC
Collecting: Skeletal quartz, smoky quartz, amethyst, cacoxenite

Friday, Saturday, Sunday May 13-15, 2005
Graves Mountain, Lincoln Co., GA
Collecting: Rutile, lazulite, kyanite, pyrophyllite, quartz, turgite, and other.

April 2005
Saturday, April 9, 8:00am-12:00pm, 2005
Glendon, NC
Collecting: Pyrite and fluorite

DMC Trip
Girard, GA
Collecting: Savannah River Agate

March 2005
DMC Trip
Diamond Hill Mine, Antreville, SC
Collecting: Skeletal quartz, smoky quartz, amethyst and cacoxenite

February 2005
Saturday, February 12, 2005
Jackson's Crossroads, GA
Collecting: Amethyst and rock quartz

Saturday and Sunday, February 26-27, 2005
Fort Drum, FL
Collecting: Calcite and fossils
Rucks' Pit Field Trip pictures

January 2005
Saturday, January 8, 2005
Norwood, NC
Collecting: Limonite pseudomorphs after pyrite

JGMS