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Hi Everyone,
I have been collecting rocks since i was a young child, I currently live in Louisville, KY and i cant find geodes any where here. Can someone point me in the right direction. THANKS!!!
Hi Nicole,

First welcome to this great board. I don't have the directions to Hall Gap but I'm sure Mike or Everett will chime in on here to help you. All so there or was a rock club there that goes looking for Geodes. I don't know the name of there club but I'm sure some one here can help you with that too. I know they did a dig a few years ago in a creek east or south east of your town.

KOR Carl in WI
I would love to join a club around here.I hope there is one.
I have been collecting rocks for a very long time and i dont even have a clue what all of them are. I always just collected them cause of there beauty.
Hi Nicole,

You can go here and maybe see some of what you have and find out what they are. Hunt For Gems This is my web site I pout up to help new folks learn.

KOR Carl in WI
Mike Streeter
Hi Nicole,

I highly recommend that you join the Kyana Geological Society, a rockhounding club based in Louisville. I know that they do a lot of geode collecting as well as many other minerals in the Kentucky area and beyond. Information about the club may be found at the following web site:

Hook up with Kyana and all your geode questions will be answered in due time!

Dear Nicole;
OR, you can contact me; just be prepared to find a LOT & very unique stuff. Contact me with the answers to these questions:
1) can you accept downloads & attachments (all are safe)? Can you print?
2) do you have any physical, religious, medical restrictions & what allergies do you have? I do "handi-tours", so, nothing bothers me, but, know possible problems allows me to avoid them.
3) what tools & books do you have & would getting other tools be a problem?
4) who else would be coming? Kids are VERY OK, but, I need one adult/3 kids under 12; this seems to work best.
5) how long a day are you wanting/willing to put in? I can work from sun-up to sun-down; but, most people can't carry on that long.
If you go on a trip w/me, expect a LOT of stories, silly jokes, talk about the history of minerals/localities, uses (past, present, & possible future), & the methods for mineral prospecting (be taught; be very VERY taught!). Also expect GREAT specimens!
Your friend, Steve
Mark Hornback
Expect some wonderfull bird imatations as well! Steve you have alwasy craked me up, you are the jewel in Indiana!
Mark Hornback
Check out the sreams around Otter Creek Park. Walk the shallows of Beargrass Creek In louisville(Ware waders, very polluted in places,) but the gravel bars hold some small geodes. Check out the road cuts along 31e Bardstown road toward Larue County, big road cut just past the Lincoln boyhood home, you can drive by and see them sticking out of the thin beds of limyshale, some good fossils also in the area. Along i65 headed toward Mamoth Cave has road cuts you could check, however I would look for shallow streams the road crosses, let nature expose them for you, on road cuts you may need a hammer or two, Good luck
I just came back from a visit to Kentucky. A 20 minute "walk" down a small stream bed in Estill county (maybe an hour SSE of Lexington) yielded more geodes than 2 of us could carry. And we left the broken ones. Now, someday, we need to open them. The question is with hammer and chisel, or I have a friend with a large stone cutting saw...
i used to find geodes on the shores of kentucky lake in the lbl. not supposed to collect there though so be careful and not too obvious. this is western ky near paducah. good stuff there, usual geode type and duds, also some fossils of crinoids, some with quartz crystal interiors.
We've had a rock in my parent's yard for years that I think is a geode. When I was a kid I used to try to crack it open. I chipped off a hunk one day (but didn't crack it) and the rock was really crystally. I was wondering who in the Louisville area can tell me if it's a geode or not and if it is, where can I sell it? Thanks!
Steve G.
Dear Sarah;

Read my post above, then, contact me. I live in Corydon, IN, which is only 45 min. away.

Your friend, Steve
Cody Carter
I have been collecting geodes for about two years and i need an effective way to open them up. Plus i would like to know how to get them glossy like you see in "head shops". I put in a 10 foot by 4 foot pond in my backyard and i use the geodes to decorate around it but i dont really like the way they look when i just bust them open. Hopefully there is an inexpensive way for me to achieve this. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Plus are there any areas near lexington that i can find geodes with some color. I understand the color comes from where they are formed and the majority of mine were found on my dads farm in lancaster so they are whites and tans. I need some color for my pond. Thanks again.
Mike Streeter

You can cut a geode in half with a rock saw or you can split it apart by either using a hammer and chisel or a soil pipe cutter as detailed on the following web page:

Kentucky geodes with good color are very hard to find. Kentucky is renowned for its Kentucky Agate found in nodules and geodes. Do a web search for it and you'll see why. To find some of it, I recommend you join the Blue Grass Gem and Mineral Club based in Lexington.

Good luck,

joshua thomas
the best place to find geodes is in the ground right after it rained because geodes formed when "GOD" flooded the it is will easier to look there.also if there is a rocky area look there also.

Steve G.
God may have formed them, no matter what, but, they WEREN'T formed in the ground; they formed in rocks (extrusive igneous & marine sedimentary) & they're in soil, ONLY after they are eroded out. The surrounding soil is often the result of the bearing rock's erosion. No geode has ever formed in soil. The ones found in rocky areas are from the finer soil washing away, or, (just as often) the geodes being washed downstream & settling where other rocks have collected, in a present pool/streamside or a past pool/streamside.

Many of my past "trippees" will attest to them being found in the matrix (original or mother rock), as well as in the same vicinity's soil & streambeds.

Your friend, Steve
Some great places to fing geodes are Green River Lake in Taylor/Adair Counties in KY and also around the upper part of Cumberland Lake. We camped in a very small campground on Cumberland Lake last summer and geodes were everywhere!!!! My children wanted to carry as many as possible back to our campsite where we cracked them open (after much effort). They were absolutely beautiful!! We looked pretty crazy carrying all of them up about 150 metal stairs.
Teresa Taylor
I have numerous geodes in all sizes and am looking to sell them.

If interested please email.

Teresa Taylor
I live in ashland,ky... is there anywhere near me to find them!?
Actually Kentucky lake/LBL has no rules on rock collecting u just can't get them from the "old furnace" area. 
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