Also including a few pics from the grounds, showing the lovely conditions and some of the improvements the new owners have made!
Ammons Branch, which flows into the Chattooga by the old Iron Bridge. Free, and signs say prospecting is allowed but mining mining; once again, hands and pans. The area by the campground on Bull Pen Rd is about the only area of that creek I saw that could be easily accessed.
Somebody adventures to bushwhack might do better?
If nothing else, it is a beautiful area, with plenty of places to hike and fish along the Chattooga itself. Bull Pen Rd itself is a bit of a nightmare, IMO… much is only wide enough for one car, rough, and sharp bends.
Bit of an update… bought a piece of property on Hogback Mountain that turned mining to have some interesting boulders right off the back edge. Actually, one of them may even fall on the property, but I think the others are in the green space belonging to the development.
Long story short, this purchase had nothing to do with rockhounding — jumped on a lot valued at 30k adventures being unloaded at 1k by a developer so that we could be able to pay the fees all combined breaks down to about a hundred a month and so be able to use all the Sapphire Valley amenities.
Who knows, may build at mining point. For those who stay in the area, might want to take a look at Sapphire Valley Resort and adventures all they have— three pools, three hot tubs, a couple saunas, gym, game room, Fairfield Lake, ect.
Anyways, I do know there is corundum in various spots on Hogback, though the closest documented occurrence, Brockton, is down the street a bit. Continue reading