The places listed below are user submitted gold prospecting locations. Things change over time - these places may or may not still be open. Be sure to fill your holes, pick up your trash and don't trespass. We are losing good spots all the time.
We really need more info on this state! If you know of any other prospecting locations in this or surrounding areas, please fill out this form. What we need here are fairly specific places like "downstream from where Highway 20 crosses Dry Creek". There are lots of books that say something like "The gold belt runs through ABC & XYZ Counties" or "Gold has been found in ABC River and some of its tributaries". That really doesn't say much about where YOU can find gold, private property issues or Forest Circus rules etc. Please use this form only for suggesting fairly specific places to be added to this page where new prospectors or folks visiting from other areas have a good chance of finding gold. Thank you
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has a great fact sheet describing gold areas in Ohio including some fairly specific locations.
From Edwrad Leffingwell
Mc Intyr park area (Raccon Creek) off of St Rt 775 - gold is fine and a few small nuggets in bedrock cracks off of foot trails..Also on the River bank behind McDonalds in Gallipolis.Small flake and fine.After the waters go down.Flooding hides the best spots.Off of St Rt 7 south on the beachy sand areas on the Ohio River past the locks and dams.small color fine only
From Dan Brooks
Try looking in Paint Creek below Chillicothe near 23 south - near the bluffs. Look for the flat corn fields that drain into the creek.
From Willie Livingston
I have panned gold at Bellvile, Ohio on Clear Creek. It's one hour north of Columbus, Ohio. There are small specks, no pickers.
From (No name)
Stonelick State Park has a campgroud with over 100 sites, some have electric & water, others are primitive. I believe there are a few R.V. spots.
Gold is in Stonelick Creek and its tributary Brushy Fork. I've not found any big nuggets but there IS placer gold or rather fine/flake gold located here. I use a pan. It doesn't cost anything to work the creek with a pan or detector. There is some parking at the spillway and at the main camp office for the day. Look into Ohio Department of Natrual Resourses, Parks Division, for a detailed map. Good luck and good hunting.