Graves Mountain
Rock Swap and Dig,
October 5th - 7th, 2018
Lincolnton, Georgia

Official Field Trip of the Mountain Area Gem and Mineral Association

I have been in contact with Jr. Norman about his upcoming "Rock Swap and Dig" at the mountain.

The mountain will be open to collecting from 8 am to 6 pm each day. All attendees must stop at the welcome table to sign a liability release and make a contribution to help with the cost of providing porta johns and golf carts. The dig will end and everyone must be off the mountain by 6:00 p.m. each day.

There will be an area in the parking lot for vendors to sell and trade minerals. If you would like to setup a booth, contact Jr. Norman at the phone number listed below. Hot food will be available for purchase on the mountain all three days. Cold drinks will also be available for purchase.

I will be setup at the dig with the Jacquot & Son Mining booth selling minerals and fossils. I will be setting up my booth along with other vendors on Thursday before the dig. All MAGMA members are welcome to come in on Thursday and collect as long as they plan to attend at least one other day of the show, Friday, Saturday or Sunday.



Park your vehicle in the designated area at the end of the paved access road.

ALL pets must be kept under control and on a leash.

The caretaker, Jr. Norman has final and absolute say as to where you may safely work.

Ladders or power tools of any kind will not be allowed. (HAND TOOLS ONLY!)



NO ONE IS ALLOWED TO DRIVE THEIR VEHICLE ON ANY PART OF GRAVES MOUNTAIN BEYOND THE PARKING AREA! (The caretaker must accompany anyone driving beyond the parking area!)

EVERYONE NEEDS TO BE OFF THE MOUNTAIN BY 6:00 p.m. (Absolutely no one is allowed on Graves Mountain after dark.)

Please protect our ability to field collect at Graves Mountain!

Report violations to:
Jr. Norman
Norman C E Wrecking Co
3333 C E Norman Rd
Lincolnton, GA 30817-3110


All reported violations will be held in strict confidence.

DIRECTIONS: From Washington Georgia, drive east 11 miles on SR-378, look for mine entrance on right. From the Hardee's in Lincolnton, Georgia, drive approximately 5-1/2 miles west on SR-378. Look for the sign at the entrance to Graves Mountain on the left side of the road.

Motels and Camping:
Cullars Inn, Lincolnton, Georgia, 706-359-6161
Soap Creek Lodge, Clarks Hill Lake, Lincolnton, 706-359-3124
Elijah Clark State Park, 706-359-3458 / 800-864-7275

Fossil Trip
October 27th, 2018
Pipsico Scout Reservation
Surry County, Virginia
Miocene and Pliocene Fossils

Official Field Trip of the Mountain Area Gem and Mineral Association

Another field trip is being set up for 2018. The location is the same. collecting will only be allowed on Saturday, the 27th of October.

Campers may come in on Friday night the 26th. There are cabinettes available with electricity but no running water. There are three cabins available with full facilities. Tent camping is also allowed. Tents may be set up in campsite 4 and there are latrine facilities and water in the site. Showers may be available at the pool area. All overnight campers must exit the camp by 9 am October 28.

All previous collecting rules still apply.
No climbing of steep river bank areas.
No parking except in designated areas.
No alcoholic beverages.
No pets.

Fees- $5.00 per person to collect or tent camp.
Cabin rental- $75.00
Cabinette rental- $20.00

Contact Bill Stine by email at
for directions and further information.


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