Treasure Hunting Spots in Texas

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Treasure hunting vacations allow families to search for interesting, old or unique objects either on the surface of the ground or just a few feet below. Texas treasure hunting usually involves precious metals, such as gold, gems, shipwreck fragments or petrified wood. Metal detectors may be beneficial to use when out in the Texas outback since most of the treasures in this area contain some sort of metal fragments.

South Padre Island

  • South Padre Island has been home to a variety of found treasures, including jewels, items from shipwrecks, gold and antique bottles. The island is located on the tip of Texas, bordering Mexico, and it juts out into the Gulf of Mexico. Bring a magnifying glass, shovel and metal detector. Many items are buried a couple of feet under the sand. Start nearest the water since many items wash up on shore even a century after they are buried due to tidal movements. Get as near to the ground as possible so that you don’t miss anything in the brush or sand. Look for pot chards, which could be left over from the native tribes, rusted metal, which could come from shipwrecks, and crusted over bottles. The island has plenty of snake holes and natural sand dunes to explore.

    South Padre Island

    7355 Padre Blvd.

    South Padre Island, TX 78597

    800-767-2373

    sopadre.com

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area

  • If you want to strike gold, then head to the Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. Enchanted Rock is a large pink rock that dominates the surrounding scenery. Creeks like the Big Sandy Creek, Silver Mine Creek and Gold Mine Creek were once hotbeds for gold panning in the 1890s. Specks and/or flakes of gold have been found in these creeks. Bring old panning screens and magnifying glasses to assist you in sifting through mud, debris and other rocks. Gloves may also be necessary to children to ensure that they do not cut their hands.

    Enchanted Rock State Natural Area

    16710 Ranch Road 965

    Fredericksburg, TX 78624

    830-685-3636

    tpwd.state.tx.us

Bryan/College Station

  • The Bryan and College Station area of Texas is known for its cache of petrified wood. Petrified wood has been fossilized and turned into the consistency of stone, but oftentimes the wood grain is still present. These woods can look like bark or have a standard wood color, or they can even have an iridescent tone due to the petrification. Many of these wood fragments are millions of years old. The wood can most often be found in Texas in river or creek beds or ravines. Wear shoes with good soles so you do not slip.

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