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Cherokee County, North Carolina

Along the Valley River in Cherokee County North Carolina, several years ago, me and my friend Jim Labuz dredged with a 3" dredge with air. We found some nice gold, but we froze our ass off. We did this in early spring. I would love to go back and try this place again.


Southeast of Marble along the Valley River, in gravel deposits you can find placer gold. Northwest of Marble, in the Snowbird Mountains is the Parker Mine.

Valley River in Cherokee County North Carolina
Valley River in Cherokee County North Carolina


Southeast of Murphy there were numerous mines that produced lode gold. The No. 6 mine is located here.


East of Unaka 1.5 miles, on the road to Murphy, along Beaverdam Creek is some good placer gold.


All regional mountains extending from town 12 to 15 miles to Vengence Creek, along the lower slopes in creek and slope wash gravels is some placer gold. Many area prospects for placer.

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