The best kind of activities are those that are out so out of the ordinary and unique that you just have to grab a friend and just go. You want to find destinations that not many people know about so you know the best hidden gems in your state. Well at this one spot in Georgia, crystal hunting is one of those hidden gems, literally.
Hogg Mine in Lagrange, Georgia is a one-of-a-kind experience that is worth the road trip. Unlike a regular panning for gold or mining for gems experience you did as a kid, you will actually get dirty and be elbow deep in the dirt to get real gems and crystals.
You can still feel like a kid again since you will be digging in the dirt, but this time, you will find some pretty awesome things to take home.
Hogg Mine is not a free for all; they can't just let anyone dig whenever they want or there would be nothing left! There are certain "dig days" throughout the year that you definitely will not want to miss.
For the rest of the 2019 season, the dates include October 5 and 19, November 2, 16, and 30, as well as December 14 and 28. They already have dates for the 2020 season which you can see on their website.
Because the mine is on private property, there is a meeting spot where you and your group will meet to sign in and follow the owner to the destination. You will get a tour of the mine and a safety briefing before you begin your dig.
The different gems you might find are beryl, star rose quartz, black tourmaline, and aquamarine, AKA beautiful gems and crystals. You can dig from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. so you can find as many as you can.
You do have to bring your own tools (some include a pick, shovel, potato rake, rock hammer, sledgehammer, chisels, rock bars, 5-gallon buckets, gloves, and safety glasses) but it will all be worth it.
If you enjoy this adventure, you need to travel to Savannah to go fossil hunting. Some fossils even include those of the massive (but extinct) megalodon.
Why You Need To Go: You can mine and take home actual gems and crystals.