Wild Wonderful West Virginia
Although West Virginia’s rugged mountains may seem like an ideal place to prospect for gold, you won’t get rich quick doing so. The state has no commercial gold mines, and prospectors report finding only tiny flakes and flour gold. Energy and timber corporations own much of the state’s forested land, forbidding access for recreational users. However, more than a million acres of public land in the eastern part of the state in the Monongahela National Forest allow recreational gold panning.
Miners discovered gold in quartz veins in 1927 around Sissaboo Hollow in Tucker County West Virginia which is near the city of Parsons. The gold wasn’t considered extensive enough to develop commercially at that time, but you may still find some in the area today. The hollow lies 3 miles southwest of Parsons near an old railroad stop called Porterwood. Set up your camp nearby at Horseshoe Campground along a feeder stream leading to the Cheat River. The campground has sites tucked among poplar, maple and evergreens. You’ll find sites with electricity, as well as walk-in tent sites and modern restrooms. Currently Gold Prospecting in WV is limited to a pan and small hand shovel.
Ancient Teays River Basin
In the Eastern part of the state of WV many prospectors find Gold along the Ohio River in the Sand Bars. Also, Gold has been found in the ancient Teays River deposits. However, this can be difficult to find and is mainly found during construction and excavation. Many recreational prospectors have found Gold in the New and Greenbrier Rivers in various locations in the mountain state.