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Coker Creek - Doc Rogers Field
« on: May 17, 2012, 06:17:05 PM »
Coker Creek - Doc Rogers Field

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

Access:  Most everybody knows about this location, but for those who don't here are the specifics.

There are two points that can be accessed both are a short walk and easy access.

GPS Coordinates: 35.25375, -84.29041

First location:  From Tellico Plains follow highway 68 South into Coker Creek. Go left on Joe Brown Highway (next to the Welcome Center), and go approximately 1/4 mile and turn left onto the first gravel drive. Park out of the way of the gate. Walk down the trail to the creek. You can go downstream about 1/4 mile (Look for red lines around a tree), below that is private property. If you get to Peels Branch you went too far. Upstream you can go approximately 3/4 mile to Unicoi Lakes Road.

Second location: From Tellico Plains follow 68 South and go left on Unicoi Lakes Road (Directly across from Coker Creek Baptist Church). Drive until you come to the National Forest marker. You can park at the pull off just past the creek on the left or before you get to the creek there is some room on the left to pull out. Make sure you don't park hanging out in the road and don't camp along the road.

Regulations: Dredging is allowed between September 1 and the end of February with the permit. Sluicing, panning and Sucker Tubes are allowed with a permit. Make sure you follow the rules in this area as this is a very sensitive place and the Rangers will write you up if you break the rules.

Where and how to find the gold:  There is plenty of fine gold in here as well as flakes and occasional pickers and nuggets. There is exposed bedrock in some locations so take a sucker tube. The better gold will be in bedrock cracks and depressions. Some gravel bars will show good amounts of fine gold. The gold is not hard to find, but the area has been worked hard.

The gold in the photo below was panned in 8 hours. It was the result of a lot of sample panning to find a good paystreak.

« Last Edit: January 06, 2013, 08:48:35 PM by BigAl »
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