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Unnamed Creek - Polk County
« on: May 29, 2012, 10:36:38 PM »
Unnamed Creek - Polk County

This is a tributary of the Middle section of Coker Creek

Land Status: Public; Cherokee National Forest, Ocoee Ranger District

From Tellico Plains follow 68 South through Coker Creek until you come to the Polk County line. Go 1/10 mile past the county line and pull out to the right at FS 2137. This road is gated so you will have to park at the gate (do not block it) and walk in. Follow the trail / road for about one mile until you come to the creek. You can go upstream and downstream for a long distance here. You can go down stream all of the way to Coker Creek. If you go upstream you will see a small branch entering on the left.

Regulations: No Dredging is allowed. Sluicing and panning are allowed without a permit.

Where and how to find the gold:  I have been here several times and always find decent fine and flake gold. The main creek shows decent color and the small branch does as well. The area where the trail crosses looks kind of swampy with lots of dead trees standing but if you go upstream a ways it starts to look like a typical mountain creek.

There are lots of heavy minerals in here including small magnetite octahedrons (< 1mm) and small limonite cubes. Also some small micro zircons and garnets.
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