I took my girlfriend here when were staying near Atlanta. It was a 1.5 hour drive but worth it. We had a blast. We rented all the tools you needed for "grubbin" for $30 and headed down to the creek for some messy fun. We did a few buckets at the first pile and came up with a few nice pieces but we really hit it big at the second pile. We did 2 buckets there but actually had better luck just looking at the back of the pile where rain had washed away some of the dirt revealing a few nice amethyst and emeralds sitting on the surface.
We took our find back to the shop where we bought a $30 bucket to sluce and found way more gems in there. The creek was nice but hard work and it was cold out (early January) so we didnt really want to go in the water. The buckets at the shop were perfect for beginers to learn what the stones look like before heading down to the river. I would defiantly recommend getting a small bucket at the shop first. At the creek we kept asking each other "is this something?" It would have helped to know What to look for first.
My girlfriend wanted a souvenir so we had a blue sodeite set in a silver ring that we should have mailed to us in a few weeks.
Defiantly a fun day and would make for a fun/exciting and messy date. If we ever come back to this area again we willbe back!
Sean & Tori