The Wild Ammonoosuc River in Bath NH

The Wild Ammonoosuc River in Bath NH

New Hampshire is such a great state for more than just digging for gold. It’s natural beauty, hundreds of miles of hiking trails, and attractions for the entire family make it a perfect place to spend some of the “down time” that we all deserve.

But what about the GOLD? Where is it you ask? Well, in a nutshell, it’s everywhere! Unfortunately, gold typically does not just lay on top of the dirt waiting to be found. In fact, it’s 19 times heavier than water and will do anything it can to drop down as far as it can go in the stream or riverbed. So you have to dig for it.

Here are some of the most popular spots to prospect for gold in New Hampshire:

  • The Wild Ammonoosuc River in Bath & Lisbon
  • The Ammonoosuc River below Bath
  • Tunnel Brook in Benton
  • Notch Brook in Lincoln
  • Salmon Hole Brook (reported to be the site of an 1866 con scheme when a sluice box was salted with gold to attract investors) in Lisbon
  • Indian Stream (gold has been reported in glacial deposits in the area), Perry Stream and Swift Diamond River in Northern Coos County

Now this is just a list that is published by the State of New Hampshire.  But as I said before, gold is all over the place…you just need to find it. But don’t be digging holes all over your yard or the neighbor’s! The saying goes: “Gold is where you find it.” So your best bet is to look where it has been already found. The list above is s good start.

REMEMBER: All land is owned by someone. Get permission before entering anyone’s property and especially if you are going to prospect it.