Rock Swap and Dig,
April 23rd- May 3rd, 2021
Official Field Trip of the Mountain Area Gem and Mineral Association
Open to All Rockhounds!
NOTICE: Read updated information for dig!
I have been in contact with Jr. Norman about his upcoming "Rock Swap and Dig" at the mountain. As of this posting, the dig is on for April. If something changes, it will be posted here.
The dig will be an 11 day event. There is a limit of 50 people and 25 vendors per day. You must make a reservation to attend the dig. You cannot attend the dig without a reservation.
To sign up, contact Junior Norman at 706-401-3173 or Melissa Norman at 706-401-3337
If you make a reservation and find that you cannot attend, please contact Melissa or Junior and let them know so they can pass along the space to someone else.
All covid-19 safety rules and precautions must be followed while on the mountain.
The mountain will be open to collecting from 8 am to 6 pm each day. All attendees must stop at the welcome table to sign a liability release and make a contribution/donation to help with the cost of providing porta johns and golf carts. The dig will end and everyone must be off the mountain by 6:00 p.m. each day.
Hot food and drinks will be available for purchase on the mountain all three days.
THIS DIG IS OPEN TO ALL CLUBS and ROCKHOUNDS!
GRAVES MOUNTAIN CODE OF CONDUCT!
Park your vehicle in the designated area at the end of the paved access road.
ALL pets must be kept under control and on a leash.
The caretaker, Jr. Norman has final and absolute say as to where you may safely work.
Ladders or power tools of any kind will not be allowed. (HAND TOOLS ONLY!)
STAY AWAY FROM ALL HIGH WALLS!
NO RAPPELLING OFF OF ANYTHING!
NO ONE IS ALLOWED TO DRIVE THEIR VEHICLE ON ANY PART OF GRAVES MOUNTAIN BEYOND THE PARKING AREA! (The caretaker must accompany anyone driving beyond the parking area!)
EVERYONE NEEDS TO BE OFF THE MOUNTAIN BY 6:00 p.m. (Absolutely no one is allowed on Graves Mountain after dark.)
Please protect our ability to field collect at Graves Mountain!
Report violations to:
Norman C E Wrecking Co
3333 C E Norman Rd
Lincolnton, GA 30817-3110
All reported violations will be held in strict confidence.
DIRECTIONS: From Washington Georgia, drive east 11 miles on SR-378, look for mine entrance on right. From the Hardee's in Lincolnton, Georgia, drive approximately 5-1/2 miles west on SR-378. Look for the sign at the entrance to Graves Mountain on the left side of the road.
Motels and Camping:
Cullars Inn, Lincolnton, Georgia, 706-359-6161
Soap Creek Lodge, Clarks Hill Lake, Lincolnton, 706-359-3124
Elijah Clark State Park, 706-359-3458 / 800-864-7275
MAGMA Spring Field Trip
June 4-6 2021
Pipsico Scout Reservation
Surry County, Virginia
Miocene and Pliocene Fossils
Official Field Trip of the Mountain Area Gem and Mineral Association
A field trip has been set up for spring 2021. The location is the same. Collecting will be allowed on Saturday, the 5th of June. Campers may come in on Friday night the 4th. Friday afternoon arrivals may collect on the river. There are cabinettes available with electricity but no running water. Tent camping is also allowed. Tents may be set up in campsite 4 and there are latrine facilities and water in the site. Showers may be available at the staff center. All overnight campers must exit the camp by noon on June 6.
All previous collecting rules still apply.
No climbing of steep river bank areas.
No parking except in designated areas.
No parking on grass areas.
No alcoholic beverages.
No cooking in the cabinettes.
Speed limit on camp road must be obeyed.
Fees - $10.00 per person to collect or tent camp.
Cabinette rental - $20.00 for the weekend.
Contact Bill Stine by email at:
for further information.
The town of Surry now has an inn on route 10. It is called the Surry Country Inn for those not wanting to camp but traveling in. 757-210-4450
17th Annual Western North Carolina
July 18th – 25th, 2021
Hosted by: M.A.G.M.A. and Jacquot & Son Mining
We are back in 2021! The corona virus shut us down for 2020, but now it’s time for the 17th Annual WNC Rockhound Roundup to get back on track.
This event will be based at Camp Stephens. This property is located just outside the city of Asheville off of Interstate 26. The camp is just three miles from the Interstate but located in a secluded wooded area on the French Broad River. There is room for many RV's and tent campers. There is a large indoor pavilion/building with restrooms, showers, kitchen, electricity and water for the outside campers and inside the pavilion. Campers will be able to swim, fish, canoe, snorkel, etc. in the river. The camp area is completely wooded so there is plenty of shade. Three miles from the camp are numerous gas stations, a mall, restaurants, movie theater, motels/hotels and more.
Campers are welcome to begin arriving Sunday morning to set up camp and get ready for the week’s events. Do not arrive before Sunday morning on the 18th as other people will be using the camp before we arrive.
This is the yearly gathering of our club and we welcome all to come join us for a week of fun. Rockhounding, swapping, selling, trading rocks and minerals. Good food and great people!
Agenda, Sunday through Friday:
There will be gem and mineral vendors set up at the roundup camp throughout the week selling and swapping minerals.
Attendees are welcome to set up tables and sell and trade their rocks, minerals, gems and jewelry.
Throughout the week, we will conduct field trips to a selection of mines and gem shows in the area. Instructions and directions will be provided for everyone, so no one gets lost during the trips. There will be discounts for paid attendees to include the following:
$10 to collect at the Crabtree Emerald Mine, Spruce Pine, NC. Regular $20 per person.
$15 to collect at the Sharpes Emerald Prospect, Hiddenite, NC. Regular $25 per person.
5% discount at Mason’s Sapphire Mine, Franklin, NC. If a group from the roundup visits with 10 or more people, the discount will be larger.
Show and Museum Discounts:
5% off purchases at the “Which Way Mining” booth (Bruce Camaniti) at the Highlands Road show in Franklin, NC.
5% off purchases at the “PAK Designs” booth (Patrick Kelley) at the Chamber of Commerce Gem Show in Franklin, NC.
5% discount at Ruby City Museum and Gem shop, Franklin, NC.
Johnny Clear will be attending and will have his large slab saw set up for use by the rockhounds. Attendees are welcome to use the saw to cut their specimens. Cost for saw use is $3 per cut for small specimens, $5 per cut for specimens 6” and larger.
I will add more discounts to this list as they become available.
Attendees will receive a ticket at the roundup to present to the various mines, shows and shops to receive the discounts.
Discounts will be available only to paid roundup attendees.
Saturday the 24th; THE FEAST! Everyone should bring a dish or desert and something to drink. If you need to cook something for the meal, you should start cooking around 1:00 to be ready to eat around 3:00.
Fee for Roundup: $100.00 per person, this covers all 8 days of the Roundup. Full use of the camp area and facilities. Kids 12 and under are free.
If you plan to only attend a few of the days, the cost will be $20.00 per day.
Accommodations: Camping on the Camp Stephens property is included in the above cost.
Directions: Take exit 33 off of Interstate 26 just outside of Asheville NC. Go west on Brevard Road/Hwy. 191. Drive 3.5 miles to Clayton Road on the left, turn left and drive 2/10ths of a mile to the entrance to Camp Stephens on the left. I will have a large MAGMA Roundup sign at the entrance.
This roundup is open to all clubs and anyone visiting the area from out of town who would like to attend. Remember to bring plenty of rocks and minerals to trade, sell, and show.
Contact me asap to make payment and reserve a spot in the camp area. Rick Jacquot at: 828-779-4501 or email firstname.lastname@example.org