Graves Mountain, Lincolnton, GA- Rutile, Lazulite, and Pyrophyllite, Iridescent Hematite

Filed under: Coming Events,regular postings,rockhounding maps — Gary March 8, 2007 @ 10:42 pm
Graves Mountain, Lincolnton, GA
Graves Mountain “Rock Swap and Dig”:

Collecting Rutile, Kyanite, Lazulite, Iridescent Hematite,
Pyrophyllite, Pyrite, Ilmenite, Fuchsite, Barite, Sulfur, Variscite
blue quartz and quartz crystals.

8 am to 6 pm, Friday, April 27, 2007
8 am to 6 pm, Saturday, April 28, 2007
8 am to 6 pm, Sunday, April 29, 2007

“You are invited to field collect minerals at Georgia’s premiere mineral location!”

-Graves Mountain is technically not a commercial mineral location,
but a donation is requested for the caretaker.

- The caretaker in charge of Graves Mountain, Clarence Norman Jr., has announced plans to hold a three day dig and rock swap on the Mountain during April 27, 28, & 29, 2007 . He will have the mountain open to collecting from 8 am to 6 pm each day. All participants must stop at the welcome table in the Hospitality tent to sign a liability release and make a small contribution to defray the cost of opening the mountain and providing port-o-lets. There will be several golf cart type, four wheeled vehicles available to transport those participants who have trouble walking long distances. The dig will cease and everyone is expected to be off the mountain by around 6 pm each day. Participants will be allowed to park in a designated area on the mountain.

Rock Swap and Hot Food/Drinks:
Junior will set aside an area in the upper parking lot for tables to be setup for daily rock swaps. Anyone who would like to setup a table(s), please contact Junior at the phone numbers listed below. Hot food cooked on the grill, cold drinks and chips will be available for purchase on the mountain during all three days of these events. Don’t forget to bring some extra money to buy the special “Graves Mountain Rock Swap and Dig” T-shirt!


Mark your calendar and tell all your friends about this great event!Contact Information:
Clarence Norman Jr. (Junior) – 706.359.3862 (his business) or 706.359.2381 (his home)


The Georgia Mineral Society has been going on field trips to this location since 1935.
You should not miss any opportunity to collect here because the rutile, lazulite, and pyrophyllite are said to be some of the finest in the world. The collecting area at Graves is huge! There are three main rock types here: quartz-sericite schist, sericite-kyanite-quartz rock (quartzite) and quartz conglomerate. You may still be able to collect rutile, kyanite, lazulite, iridescent hematite, pyrophyllite, pyrite, ilmenite, muscovite, fuchsite, barite, sulfur, blue quartz and quartz crystals with a hematite coating. Don’t forget the micro phosphate and phosphosulfate minerals that can be collected here. Woodhouseite, variscite, strengite, phosphosiderite, cacoxenite, crandallite along with accessory quartz, pyrite, pyrophylite, dickite, jarosite and sulfur crystals. You should bring a hand truck to move your buckets and tools to the collecting areas. Don’t forget to include a backpack. You can bring scratching tools to surface collect and a rocker screen to sift for rutile at the top of the mountain. Gloves, safety glasses, sledge-hammer and chisels will be needed to break the quartzite boulders for the lazulite and kyanite. You might also want a shovel and pry bar. Don’t forget the sunscreen, Gator Aid, appropriate clothing and something to eat. SPECIAL CONDITIONS: SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS— WEATHER: This location can become an unbearably hot place during summer months in Georgia. Most local mineral societies restrict their collecting trips here to September through May. If you decide to venture here during the hotter months, take precautions to avoid heat stroke. Enough said! QUARRY SAFETY: This quarry contains very high and unstable walls. Loose rocks can and will be dislodged by someone from above or even by the wind. It is suggested that you wear a hard hat and that you stay away from the pit walls. Proper footwear with good ankle support is a must when climbing around the rock piles. Always examine the area above you for loose rocks and boulders. Move the small stuff and avoid the larger ones. Check for anyone working below you and be careful not to dislodge any loose rock. Warn people below by yelling “ROCK”, if anything starts going their way. Ladders or power tools of any kind are not allowed. Children younger than 12 are discouraged because of all the dangers involved at this quarry. DIRECTIONS: From Atlanta’s I-285, take I-20 east to the exit for Washington, GA SR 78 (SR 10, SR 17) and turn left. Travel north to Washington, turn right onto SR 378 and drive 11 miles to the Graves Mountain area. From the Athens area , take US 78 east to Washington and take SR 378 11 miles to Graves Mountain. When coming from Washington, you will turn left at the first road (Norman Road) on your left past the Lincoln county line sign. From Lincolnton drive 6 miles west on SR 378, past Graves Mountain, and turn right onto Norman Road. Drive about 1/2 mile to C E Norman Wrecking Co (3333 C E Norman Rd) sign liability releases, and make your donations.

LODGING: (4 miles east of Graves Mtn.) Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce’s web site: Motels -
Collars Inn, 140 Elm Street, Lincolnton, GA. Phone 706-359-6161 29 rooms.
The Lincoln Motel, 688 South Washington Street, Lincolnton, GA. Phone: 706-359-4311 20 rooms.
Soap Creek Lodge – Located on Clarks Hill Lake off Hwy 378 in Lincolnton
Cabins, restaurant and marina. 706-359-3124.
Elijah Clark State Park, 2959 McCormaick Highway. Phone: 706-359-3458/800-864-7275 20 cabins. Camping:
Elijah Clark State Park, 2959 McCormaick Highway. Phone: 706-359-3458/800-864-7275 165 camp sites. Area Lodging:
Econo Lodge-Thomson, GA 706-595-7144
Fishing Village-McCormick, SC 803-443-5577
Hickory Knob-McCormick, SC 803-443-2151
Savannah Lakes Village-McCormick, SC 800-544-8912
White Columns Best Western-Thomson, GA 706-595-8821

Washington, GA and Wilkes County – Wilkes County Chamber of Commerce
Phone: 706-678-2013 LODGING: (12 miles west of Graves Mtn.) Red Land Motel, U.S. 78 & 378, Washington, GA
Phone: 706-678-3225
Special rates, free local calls, HBO & ESPN, pool, non-smoking rooms, two double beds in each room. 35 newly refurbished rooms. Jameson Inn, 115 Ann Denard Dr., Washington, GA
Clean, comfortable rooms with modern amenities.

For Bed & breakfast lodging information, contact the Wilkes County Chamber of Commerce

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