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I just moved to Richmond Kentucky from Texas. I decided I want to take up geode hunting and collecting. But I have no idea where to begin to look. Where can you typically find these beautiful creations? The in-laws own a lot of land. And the a creek branching off the Kentucky river runs through it. Would this be a good place to look?
Mike Streeter

The Kentucky River and its tributaries in the general area around Stanford is indeed a good place to hunt for geodes.  If they exist, it will be obvious.  So, by all means check it out and go from there.

Thanks! Can you tell me what I should be on the look out for? I don't know much about this. What can you tell me that would be helpful?
Wow you are right in the heart of Kentucky geode country, specially th solid geodes with the Kentucky agates inside them. there is a very nice guy not too far east of you in Irvine, Kentucky that could prob help you understand more about them, he often takes folks on hunting trips for geodes in that area and shows you what to look for and where they can be found. springtime is the best time to look for them and I believe there is a huge festival in Irvine each year for mushrooms and geodes combined, usually around the end of March or April. 

give me a shout off line at and I can provide you with his name and contact info if you are interested. 

James [smile]
near St Louis
Mike Streeter

The following picture taken some years ago on the Green River shows what you should be looking for:


Of course there won't be any labels where you collect, but just look for round looking rocks as these are either geodes or nodules.

Check out the following web page that tells you more about geode collecting and how to crack them:

Thanks so much! I can't wait to get started and right as spring is about to arrive! I hope to find on by then end of March. My sister was married last a may and has a baby due the 31st of March! I would love to give her one as a give. Thanks so much! I hope to find some amazing things! I'll share what I find when I find something!
How's the rock hunting going? We are neighbors, I live in Estill County, Irvine, KY. Every year during the 3rd weekend of April, we have a Mountain Mushroom Festival (for Morel Mushrooms only found in the mtns). Last year, 2016, the festival organizers took anyone interested on a special rock hunting trip. We also have a huge Rock & Mineral display during the festival. I hope you consider coming this year. I have a rather large agate & fossil collection myself. Kentucky agates are finally being acknowledged worldwide as some of the most desirable on the market. There are only 5 counties in KY you can find the elusive 'Red KY Agate'. No other place on Earth produces these, thanks to the abundance of minerals we have and because there is an ancient fault line that runs right through Irvine. On a cliff, way back in a holler, there's actually a perfectly preserved octopus-like animal fossil. UK has a great book out that contains a detailed map of the fault zone and where certain colored agates are most likely to be. There are also wonderful pictures. Black and gray agates are the oldest. I have a, first I've ever seen before, purple, gray, & white banded agate. The University, is also, the only place I know of that has a big enough saw to cut large geodes. One agates are always red on the outside. The book can be read for free online. Google search for "KY red agates" and you should see the link to read the book, if not, let me know and I'll send you the link! I'm always glad to meet fellow rockhounds, especially when they're my neighbors. I also have a lot of uncut agates, if you haven't got the look of them down yet. Best of luck. If you need any help, text me, I don't check my email that often, and I'll help as much as possible!
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