Treasure Hunting in Maine
Fun Road Trip Activities
Maine has had its share of wars, outlaws and buried treasure legends. One of the more mysterious legends surrounding treasure hunting in Maine is that of the English sea captain and pirate Dixie Bull. Bull was the first pirate to target ships navigating the New England Coast.
His loot is rumored to be buried on Damariscove Island, a small currently uninhabited island off the Damariscotta River. With a little searching, you can find many more Maine treasure hunt opportunities including gold prospecting, rockhounding and digs for gems and minerals.
Maine gold finds have been reported along the Gold Brook stream in the counties of Oxford, Franklin and Somerset, as well as at the St. Croix River in Washington County.
For an interesting gold panning adventure combined with other recreational activities, take a trip to the Coos Canyon in Byron. an great addition to your road trip activities.
While treasure hunting in Maine at this rocky gorge, you can pan right in the Swift River, generally considered to be the best spot for gold panning in the state.
Panning at the gorge is free and you can rent equipment and take a lesson in gold panning across the street at the Old Prospector Mineral & Gift Shoppe to complete your Maine treasure hunt.
Rockhounding families who want to combine treasure searching with beach fun can visit Jasper Beach. The beach is located in Machiasport, and is not a well-known tourist attraction, making it perfect for families looking to break away from the typical sightseeing vacation. A search of the beach can reveal jasper, sea glass and various other colorful stones.
Although there are some restrictions on gold panning and rockhounding in Maine, the state does allow these activities. Generally gold panning is allowed when treasure hunting in Maine if your search is confined to sandy streambeds. If you are looking to use more sophisticated larger equipment or plan to disturb streambeds during your search, however, a permit may be needed.
To pan for gold on private property during your road trip activities, you should check with the landowner to avoid problems. As for mining, it is not allowed in Maine State Parks, but may be tolerated in some other areas.
Although Maine has lots of treasure seeking activities, treasure hunting in Maine really centers on mining activities. The state has a ton of mineral and gem mining sites that are ideal for hobbyist. Minerals found in Oxford County are practically prized and the area has numerous expeditions that your family can take part in.
When treasure hunting in Maine for gems you can visit the Maine Mineralogy Expeditions in Albany, at the site families can take guided tours of the Bumpus Mine and dig for gems. Registrations are made by contacting the company's partner, Outdoor Adventures in Bethel. The travel destination in Bethel also has a sluice for gem searching where tourmaline, quartz, mica and other minerals sure to delight collectors can be found. Another great addition to your road trip activities.
To see an actual working mine, be sure to check out the Songo Pond Mine before leaving Bethel.
Address : 433 Baker Rd Albany Twp., ME 40217
Phone : 207-824-3898
The small mine is open seasonally and families can search for beryl crystals and gem aquamarines.
Another working gem mine that can be visited is the Mt. Mica Mine in the city of Paris.
The mine has the distinction of being the oldest active gem mine in the United States and during your Maine treasure hunt to this site; you can find garnets and gem quality tourmaline.
A short walk from the Ryerson Hill Road Paris, you will find another mineral dig, the Ryerson Hill Quarry. Several dozen varieties of minerals have been collected at the mine including beryl and quartz. To collect at this mine you will need permission.
For another treasure hunting in Maine journey while on your road trip activities, stick around in Paris and visit the Singepole Mountain Quarries, located at the top of the Singepole Mountain. Getting to the mine requires a small hike, but the hike is not steep and families have commented that the views from the top are worth the trip.
Before heading out on a prospecting trip in Oxford County, stop by Maine Mineral Adventures in Woodstock to learn more about treasure hunting in Maine. The adventure company has mine run buckets onsite, where you can while away the hours searching for unique gemstones.
The company also offers prospecting field trips to Mt. Mica and other local mines. Through these guided tours, kids learn how to spot minerals when digging and completing their Maine treasure hunt with an exciting find.
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