15th Annual Western North Carolina
July 22nd - 29th, 2018
The largest annual Rockhound gathering in the state!
Hosted by the Mountain Area Gem and Mineral Association
This event will be based at Camp Stephens. This property is located just outside the city of Asheville off of Interstate 26. The camp is just 3.5 miles from the Interstate but located in a secluded wooded area on the French Broad River. There is room for many RV's and tent campers. There is a large indoor pavilion with two bathrooms, two showers (note that the showers and bathrooms have been renovated and are in excellent working now) a kitchen, electricity and water for the outside campers and inside the pavilion. There are large campfire pits for use by campers. I will also have two porta potties' on site for extra bathrooms. There will be a dumpster on site for all garbage (be sure to bag your garbage before putting it in the dumpster). Campers will be able to swim, fish, canoe, snorkel, etc. in the river. The camp area is completely wooded so there is plenty of shade. We will be allowed to use the numerous tables provided in the pavilion to set up and swap/sale our rocks and minerals. Three miles from the camp are numerous gas stations, a mall, restaurants, motels/hotels and more.
Campers are welcome to begin arriving Sunday the 22nd to set up camp and get ready for the week’s events.
Agenda: We have coordinated this event to coincide with the numerous gem and mineral shows that are taking place in Franklin, North Carolina the same week. I am working on a variety of new mines to visit this year and they will be added to this announcement as I confirm their availability. There will be directions given to all attendees, and campers and participants can visit any of the mines listed here, any day of the roundup as many times as they like. I will have release forms and take payment for some mines at the camp and will provide instructions as to where to pay for some mines.
Mines we will have full access to during the week of the roundup:
Crabtree Emerald Mine in Mitchell County, NC. Fee: $10 for those camping at the roundup, $15 for all others. Release forms and payment will be collected at the camp prior to the dig. Directions will be provided at camp.
Sinkhole Mine in Mitchell County, NC. No fee, directions will be provided at camp.
Little Pine Garnet Mine in Madison County, NC. Fee: $25 per person. Forms and payment are handled at the office of the Sandy Bottom Trail Rides before proceeding to the mine. Directions will be provided at camp.
Sharpes Emerald Prospect in Hiddenite, NC. Fee $20 for those camping at the roundup, $25 for all others. Release forms and payment will be collected at the camp prior to the dig. Directions will be provided at camp.
Masons Ruby and Sapphire Mine, Franklin, NC. $5.00 off entry fee during the week of the roundup for attendees of the roundup.
Mason Mountain Mine, Franklin, NC. $5.00 off entry fee during the week of the roundup for attendees of the roundup.
Cherokee Mine, Franklin, NC. $5.00 off entry fee during the week of the roundup for attendees of the roundup. Cherokee only allows 25 people per day to collect, so plan to arrive around 8:30 if you plan to visit.
We will be visiting the numerous gem and mineral shows in Franklin, NC daily.
More mines to be added!
There will be demonstrations on wire wrap, flint knapping, cabochon making, etc. Display tables will be available to show off your favorite specimens. The members have a cookout in the evening and a big campfire. There will be tables setup throughout the week for people to sell and trade their rocks and minerals, gems and jewelry.
Saturday the 28th; THE FEAST! Everyone should bring a dish or desert and something to drink. If you need to cook something for the meal, you should start cooking around 1:00 to be ready to eat around 3:00.
Fee for Roundup: $40.00 per person. Vendors, $60.00. This covers all 7 days of the Roundup.
Kids 12 and under are free.
If you plan to only attend a few of the days, the cost will be $10.00 per day.
Accommodations: Camping on the Camp Stephens property is included in the above cost.
Directions: Take exit 33 off of Interstate 26 just outside of Asheville NC. Go west on Brevard Road/Hwy. 191. Drive 3.5 miles to Clayton Road on the left, turn left and drive 2/10ths of a mile to the entrance to Camp Stephens on the left. You will see a large MAGMA sign at the entrance. If coming from Exit 37 off I-26, turn right onto Clayton Road, the event will be on the right. Address: 263 Clayton Road, Arden, NC.
There are two KOA campgrounds in the area:
East Asheville KOA: reservations:1-800-562-5907, information: 828-686-3121
West Asheville KOA: reservations: 1-800-562-9015, information: 828-665-7015
For those who would rather stay in a hotel in the area, there are several hotel/motels 3.5 miles from the camp at the I-26 exit. For more info on these motels:
Country Inn and Suites: 845 BREVARD RD, Asheville, NC 28806 (828) 670-9000
Rodeway Inn and Suites: 9 Wedgefield Drive, Asheville, NC 28806 (828) 670-8800
Fairfield Inn and Suites: 11 Rocky Ridge Road, Asheville, NC 28806 (828) 665-4242
Hampton Inn: One Rocky Ridge Road, Asheville, NC 28806 (828) 667-2022
Comfort Suites: 890 Brevard Road, Asheville, NC 28806 (828) 665-4000
This roundup is open to all clubs and anyone visiting the area from out of town who would like to attend. Remember to bring plenty of rocks and minerals to trade, sell, and show.
For more information, contact Rick Jacquot at: 828-779-4501 or email email@example.com
Rock Swap and Dig,
October 5th - 7th, 2018
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.
THIS DIG IS OPEN TO ALL CLUBS and ROCKHOUNDS!
GRAVES MOUNTAIN CODE OF CONDUCT!
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!)
STAY AWAY FROM ALL HIGH WALLS!
NO RAPPELLING OFF OF ANYTHING!
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:
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
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.
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.