Reed Gold Mine, Charlotte Conrad Reed was walking along Little Meadow Creek when he noticed a shiny

Crow Creek, AlaskaAmateur gold hunters can get private excursions and a practice bag of rocks mixed with gold 

Black Hills Forest, South Dakota

gold prospecting tends to be permitted in the USA in designated public areas and on private land as long as the landowner gives permission

The Cosumnes River that flows through California's Eldorado National Forest is also known for its deposits of the yellow stuff

In Nevada, as long as you discover gold on federal land – and it hasn't been claimed by someone else – you can stake a mining claim

Clear Creek, Colorado

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