Rockhound Locations in Kentucky

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Here at Rockhounding Maps, we give you access and information to the best dig sites for crystals and minerals in Kentucky.  On top of that, we’ve created a resource page to assist with answering all of your gem and mineral collecting questions.

We hope you enjoy your time on our site and come back often because we’re always adding new dig locations and crystal collecting updates. This is a great resource for anyone who loves rockhounding, from beginners to experts alike!

Rockhounding in Kentucky is a great way to discover the state’s diverse geology and fossilized wildlife. The number of potential collecting sites here makes it an excellent location for those interested not only in rocks, but also minerals that can be found within them!

We are here for any questions or concerns that might arise about your adventures in mineral collecting.

Kentucky Rockhound Locations

Kentucky is known for its rich farmland, a unique breed of grass, and laid-back lifestyle but rock hounds know it for Geodes, Agate, Fossils, and Gemstones.

Some of the best dig sites in Kentucky are in the western and southern regions of the State. Rockhounding in Kentucky can be difficult due to the State’s vast expanse of forests and mountains but keep scrolling below to find the best locations across the state.

If you’re an active rock collector in Kentucky then send us an email about your favorite locations and we will feature you on the site and we might sponsor you as well. That’s right, we will pay you to go dig for rocks and minerals.


almandine garnet crystals


Kentucky Gemstone Map

Location NameLongitude and LatitudeRocks and Gemstones
Little Sandy River38.117493, -83.109956Apatite, Almandine Garnet, Diopside, Feldspar
Ison Creek38.135677, -82.978739Magnetite, Olivine, Peridotite, Pyrope Garnet
Gratz mining dumps38.477179, -84.960547Barite, Calcite, Fluorite, Galena, Sphalerite
Kentucky River Bend37.847289, -84.766255Barite, Calcite, Fluorite, Galena, Sphalerite
Troy area mines37.851545, -84.766415Barite, Calcite, Fluorite, Galena, Sphalerite


Crittenden County has an abundance of dig locations where you can find a variety of crystals like; Peridot, Barite, Pyrite, and Galena. This is one of the better choices for rockhounds hoping to dig for and collect gemstones.


Kentucky Agate Map

Location NameLongitude and LatitudeRocks and Gemstones
Graves County36.670517, -88.541707Agate, Chalcedony, Chert, Jasper
Kentucky Lake, eastern shore36.937431, -88.169910Calcite Geodes, Jasper
Eddyville, area road cuts37.072507, -88.057435Agate, Chalcedony, Jasper
Mount Vernon road cuts37.444917, -84.322730Jasper, Geodes


Graves County is located south of Crider County and is a perfect spot for gem collectors thanks to the various streams and creeks bringing gemstone-rich gravel down from the mountains.

Here you can find Agate, geodes, and other crystalline gems.


Kentucky Crystal Map

Location NameLongitude and LatitudeRocks and Gemstones
North of Dogwood36.911165, -88.582379Hematite
Birdsville area quarries37.201210, -88.372839Calcite, Dolomite crystals, Fluorite
Carrsville area mines37.395868, -88.352821Calcite, Fluorite, Quartz Crystals
Crider area37.194897, -87.971239Fluorite Crystals
Fredonia area37.220427, -88.092906Barite Crystals
Princeton area quarries37.091852, -87.845098Calcite, Fluorite Crystals


Little Sandy River

Little Sandy River is located just northeast of Lincoln County. It’s a key point for hunting for gems in river and lake beds. 

It’s an excellent spot for finding Apatite, Quartz crystals, and Garnet


cats eye apatite


Lincoln County 

Lincoln County is located to the northeast of Kentucky. The Southern portion of West Virginia is to the east, and Cincinnati is to the north. 

This is a great spot to find Malachite, Celestine, and various Quartz crystals.


Kentucky Geode Map

Location NameLongitude and LatitudeRocks and Gemstones
Mount Vernon road cuts37.444917, -84.322730Geodes, Oolite
Tomkinsville regional quarries36.705636, -85.706176Geodes
Lincoln County37.343347, -84.682108Geodes
Green River banks37.429804, -84.742099Geodes (Calcite, Quartz)
Berea road cuts37.560403, -84.302351Geodes
Elizabethtown area37.635015, -85.951680Geodes
Vine Grove area quarries and streams37.813179, -85.984311Quartz Geodes
Glasgow creeks37.033370, -85.843589Geodes
Adair County, creek and river banks37.077639, -85.266142Quartz Geodes
Scottsville, area quarries36.741025, -86.190489Quartz Geodes


Crider County

Crider County and the neighboring regions are some of the most abundant areas for rockhounding. Located near the tip of the western portion of the State it boasts some of the best varieties of Fluorite and geodes.


Green River Valley

Green River Valley is a solid location for finding Geodes. You’re almost guaranteed to come back with a trunk full of geodes to crack open or cut open with a diamond saw.


Kentucky Fossil Map

Location NameLongitude and LatitudeRocks and Gemstones
Louisville area road cuts38.261069, -85.503025Silicified Fossils, Oolites
Rowletts area gravels and banks37.257907, -85.897608Onyx, Petrified wood
Louisville, banks of Ohio River38.240483, -85.834765Fossilized Specimens, Petrified wood
Rowan County38.188488, -83.371099Fossils


Rowan County

Rowan County straddles Christy Creek and is a good spot to hunt for fossils. 

Hidden River Cave

The Historic Hidden River Cave isn’t a collective group but a must-see spot for all rock lovers. They host tours and are open every day, offering a historical tour of this vast cavern. 

Be sure to check out the museum while you visit, and be sure to join a tour to learn all you can!


purple fluorite cluster


What Are the Rarest Stones Found in Kentucky? 

Rubies and Sapphires have been discovered in Kentucky. Kentucky is traditionally a coal mining state and thus can produce rare gemstones. However, it’s best known for its array of Geodes, Agate, and semi-precious stones. 


Is it Legal to Collect Stones in Kentucky? 

Generally, it is legal to collect stones in Kentucky. However, you should avoid digging or excavating on public and private lands without permission. Collecting rocks, minerals, and crystals on the surface is legal in most instances. Avoid collecting large quantities of gravel from creeks and rivers.


galena crystal on matrix

Rock And Mineral Societies


Kyana Geological Society

The Kyana Geological Society is a great club for beginners and seasoned rock hunters. They meet every third Tuesday of the month at the Louisville Nature Center. 

It’s conveniently located across from the local museum, making it a must-see spot for visitors. 


Southeast Kentucky Gem, Mineral & Fossil Club

Unfortunately, the Southeast Kentucky Gem and Mineral Fossil Club don’t have a website. However, you can find a link to their Facebook group in the link above. 

They announce their meetings every month on this page and are known for their education and love of rocks!