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Natty Creek
« on: May 21, 2012, 08:04:30 PM »
Natty Creek

Land Status: Public; Cherokee National Forest, Tellico Ranger District, Monroe Co., TN

Access:  There are two locations that the creek can be accessed.
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GPS Coordinates: 35.31719, -84.22896

First location: From Tellico Plains take 165 (Cherohala Skyway) and then bear right onto 210 (River Road). About 3/4 miles after turning on 210 turn right onto 384 (across from Ranger Station). Go approximately 4 miles and you will cross the creek. You can park there and go upstream or downstream for a long ways. Down stream it is approximately 3/4 mile to Wildcat Creek. Upstream you can go for a long ways without ever seeing a road, trail, or person. At about the 1/2 mile point there is a spectacular waterfall on Natty plunging 60 plus feet.
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GPS Coordinates: 35.31022, -84.21347

Second Location:  Similar to the first location. From Tellico Plains take 165 (Cherohala Skyway) and then bear right onto 210 (River Road). About 3/4 miles after turning on 210 turn right onto 384 (across from Ranger Station). Go approximately 3 miles and turn left on 384C. Go 4/10 of a mile and park at FS 40641. Follow the trail (on the right) to the 3rd clearing (about 1/2 mile) and go left down the ravine and you will come to the creek at about 200 yards. This access is not for everybody, but you will be rewarded with a beautiful waterfall when you get to the creek.
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Regulations: Dredging is allowed year round with the permit. Sluicing and panning are allowed with a permit.

Where and how to find the gold:  Contrary to popular belief there is gold in here. The gold can be hard to find at times. Keep moving and sampling until you find it. Do a lot of sample panning to determine the location of a good area. There is ample bedrock and the better gold will be in bedrock cracks and depressions. Gold is minimal in gravel bars. There are so many branches, forks, and feeders in this watershed that it would take years to try them all.

The gold can be sparse, but if you find a good location you will find okay color. I have found some decent sized flakes in places, but the quantity has been low. This creek needs much more investigation and is one of my favorite locations to hunt for gold in. Downstream from the first location you can see several massive quartz veins. All of the locations that I have tried show color, and the 40641 location has lots of large limonite cubes as well. This is one of the most scenic creeks in the area. Keep it clean. Pack it in, pack it out.


« Last Edit: January 06, 2013, 08:43:45 PM by BigAl »
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