Outpost Gold & Gem Panning

Strike it Rich in Helen, Georgia! The Outpost Gold & Gem is a family attraction that is fun for all ages. Try your luck with our Georgia Gold Rush Paydirt Buckets filled with either Concentrated Gold or take a chance on our Gemstone Buckets with rare earth gems, such as rubies, sapphires, emeralds, amethyst, topaz, and more! All of our panning tables are covered and we are open rain or shine. Get hands on lessons from our trained and helpful staff. They are always nearby to help you identify your finds and evaluate them. After you are finished, don't forget to stop by our gift shop, Southwestern Outpost!

Experience Gold Fever with our authentic Georgia Gold Rush Paydirt. Mined locally from Dukes Creek, site of the first major Gold Rush in America! From $12.00 a bucket.

Your mining adventure starts here! With colorful gems in every load, our Outpost Gem rough buckets start at only $12.00 and offer lots of fun for miners of all ages!

Un-earth prehistoric fossil specimens direct from the dig site! Get your own pieces of prehistoric treasure with our Fossil Buckets starting at $12.00 each.

Discover one of the wonders of the world. There's no way to tell what's inside the geode until you break it apart - but that's the most exciting part!

EVERYONE TAKES HOME A TREASURE!



Visit our Gift Shop:

After you are finished panning for gold and gems, don't forget to stop by our gift shop, the Southwestern Outpost, which features the area's largest and most complete offerings of Native American art , Southwestern Décor, Jewelry, Rare Earth Gems, and Prehistoric fossils. The Navajo ways of life make for a unique Southwestern culture, and our gift shop offers a wide selection of Southwestern gifts & decor including authentic Native American arts and handcrafts! Whether you are admiring an authentic Navajo Horse Hair vase or trying a turquoise and sterling silver ring on for size, you will be struck by the uniqueness and history of each individually handcrafted piece. You can even pick up a bucket of our Georgia Gold Rush Paydirt to take home or stock up on authentic gold mining supplies.


Our History:
With over 50 years in the mining industry, the folks at the Outpost Gold and Gem know a thing or two about panning for treasure. From humbled beginnings with a local sand and gravel pit to the family adventure you can experience today, the Jackson family has a long history with gold and gems. The North Georgia Mountains and scenic Alpine Helen Georgia provide a picturesque backdrop to the fun and excitement that awaits you, but it also brings a lot of history to our product, with the gold coming from Dukes Creek, the site of the first major Gold Rush in American history!


Hours of Operation:
The Outpost Gold and Gem is open 7 day a week, but our hours change by the season.

Spring
(March thru May)
Sun to Thu:
10:30AM to 6:00PM
Fri to Sat:
10:30AM to 6:00PM
Summer
(June thru August)
Sun to Thu:
10:30AM to 5:00PM
Fri to Sat:
10:30 AM to 6:00 PM
Fall
(September thru October)
Sun to Thu:
10:30AM to 6:00PM
Fri to Sat:
10:30AM to 8:00PM
Winter
(November thru February)
Sun to Thu:
11:00AM to 4:00PM
Fri to Sat:
11:00AM to 6:00PM

Hours are subject to change. During peak season (June through October) we may stay open later than times posted above. Please call 706-878-5065 if outside the hours listed above to see if we are open. We look forward to having you at the Outpost Gold and Gem Panning Company!


Group Rates & Parties:
Perfect for school or church groups, even summer trips and family reunions, our group packages make it easy to experience North Georgia’s gold mining history. You’ll become a prospector from the 1800's and mine for real gem stones and gold that you can keep! We provide everything you need to have a great time and be successful. Special events & groups welcomed big parking lot and plenty of goods for everyone! Parking is always free and we NEVER charge for admission. We offer gold panning, gem mining, gem cutting and more year round and rain or shine.