As with most hobbies, clubs and websites have formed across the globe so that members can exchange information on their finds. Obviously, with thousands of different types of rocks and minerals around the world, there is always something new or rare to be found. The internet enables much easier access to information of various rocks, minerals and gems found across the United States as well as from other countries such as England, Australia and Japan.
Annual "Rock Swaps" are held where people with the same interests can come together to tell stories, and do a little rockhounding. Having made the acquaintance of numerous rockhounding enthusiasts in this area over the past several years, Patty decided to organize an annual Cookout-Rock Swap. The event is usually held in Spruce Pine, North Carolina around the fourth of July and has been a huge success.
Some of the more popular rocks and minerals found in North Carolina national forest region include; amazonite, apatite, aquamarine, aragonite, beryl, calcite, corundum, emerald, epidote, feldspar, garnet, granite, kyanite, marble, muscovite, pyrite, quartz, sapphire and tourmaline and travertine.
The fun and excitement of rockhounding, is not so much in the digging, but in the research that follows afterward, finding out the name of the mineral or rock and whether you have found yourself a real gem. Though they may not be worth a fortune, they certainly make for the most fascinating ornaments of nature.
The hobby of rockhounding seems to be an outdoor activity with