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Kentucky Rockhouding
 #1 
Hey all! I live in Lexington Kentucky and Iv tried looking in many local creeks and streams with no results as well as red river gorge. I was hoping someone might provide me with some insight to local places to dig/look for geodes and minerals in state and out of state on border states. I'd like to know opinions on close by fee mines so I can plan trips to the best ones. This is a hobby I'm excited to get into and plan to share with my girlfriend and family. Thanks so much in advance.
-Rob
Bob Harman
 #2 
KENTUCKY ROCKHOUNDING,
I suggest 2 things. First look to join your Lexington area rock club. They will have field trips and the club members will suggest places available to you for collecting.

Secondly, I suggest taking some time to read thru the many threads on this website discussing collecting localities in Kentucky and neighboring states of Indiana, Illinois, Ohio and the Keokuk area of Missouri and Iowa.  
  There are fee for digging geode mines in the Hamilton Illinois area as well as in
St. Francesville Missouri and nearby Keokuk Iowa.    Good luck, BOB
Rob_c
 #3 
Thanks Bob! Iv got plans to go to the south central part of Kylen Ricky to go look for George's and agate. Just wish I knew of some flourite mines or something to do digging for crystals
Sapphire Sue
 #4 
I would also check out the website for the Ben E Clement mineral museum.  They do a few digs each year at fluorite mines.  The mines are off limits any other time, so you have to sign up to go on one of their official dig days, but it does allow legal access to some fluorite digging.
Bob Harman
 #5 
The Ben Clement Fluorite Museum in Marion Kentucky hosts group digs to the Eureka Prospect. This is usually worthwhile as the rest of the Illinois/Kentucky fluorite district is largely picked over and finding anything worth keeping is very hit and miss (mostly miss!) these days.   I suppose folks who might be able to get into "off limits" or otherwise closed areas might have more luck.

Unfortunately, just today (March 14, 2017) on the mindat.org website, a fellow who wanted to go collecting in Southern Illinois found out that the Clement Museum would NOT be hosting a dig and it has been cancelled.    If this is indeed true, I would hope that it is temporary and the digs resume in short order.     BOB  


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