Top 10 Places to Metal Detect
Off the Beaten Path: Our Top 10 Places for Metal Detecting
Trying to think of new and fun places to go on your next treasure hunt? We have compiled a list of unique and favorite places to go metal detecting. You never know what you will turn up.
#10 - Nature Trails
This one’s a two-fer! Get outside and explore some new hiking trails while looking for your next find! Look for rocks or other resting places where hikers rest or eat just off the trail. You may find a compass, pocket knife, or coins that have been left behind. Consider a map showing old forts or camp sites along the way.
#9 - Schools
It’s no mystery that kids lose things! While you will be finding a different variety of items, you could walk away with some interesting toy cars, metal soldiers or coins. The older the school grounds, the more abundant the finds will be. Also, keep an eye out for old, abandoned school grounds that may have some antique items for your discovery.
#8 - Churches
Churches and other religious landmarks can make great search grounds. They are often the first building constructed when the town was founded and can be home to many different items. From historical items to coins and jewelry, the abundance of social events ensures you will find a varied selection of treasures.
#7 - Riverbanks
Depending on your local history, riverbanks and dried up riverbeds could turn up interesting historical items as well as coins and other valuables. In your library or online, look up possible river trade routes. Many of the rivers were used to transport goods and often had toll points along the way. You may be able to locate old coins or other items that fell over the edge. Popular fishing holes could also yield some valuables. Use a map to mark off sections your have already searched in case you need more than one day to cover the area.
#6 - Beaches
Living near the beach can provide you with endless search sites. If you have a waterproof metal detector or search coil, search the packed, wet sand at the water’s edge. You could find interesting items from a washed up vessel or old fishing equipment. The loose sands will often hide coins or pieces of jewelry that have fallen out of bags or pockets. Even the parking lot can be a great place to search. Keep in mind that some beaches have regulations for metal detecting; be sure to check before searching your local beach.
#5 - Farmers' Fields
Farms hold the history of America, and with it, many coins, artifacts, relics, and more are hidden beneath the fertile fields and in the hollows of old trees. Farms on the East Coast were home to the battles of the Civil War and may hold battle artifacts and old coins. Fields are also home to old tractor and equipment parts or caches that have been long forgotten. Many farms also have interesting grounds with paths, fences, trees, and possibly old, abandoned buildings hiding items that have been hiding for years. Check the hollows of trees or holes in fence posts for forgotten treasures. Always remember to ask permission before hunting on someone else’s property.
#4 - Construction Sites
Urban or otherwise, constructions sites can make for great treasure hunting. The ground is turned over by machinery, often more than once and more than one way, leaving items on top and much easier to detect. Items may have been buried or left behind from the previous building or there may be newer items to uncover. Either way, you might want to search these sites more than once throughout the building process. However, remember to ask permission before searching on construction sites.
#3 - Recheck the Hole
Re-covering searched ground can always yield some interesting results. You may be able to search holes that have been previously dug by other metal detector hobbyists and find valuable buried just below where they were digging. If you are searching an area that has been previously searched, starting in a spot that is hard to reach, and search in a grid pattern. You may be surprised by what was left behind.
#2 - The Sidewalk Strip
Even though many of us use them every day, sidewalks and the surrounding area can often be overlooked when considering search areas. The grassy area between the road and the sidewalk can be a home to lost and forgotten treasures. Remember to ask permission as these strips are maintained by the homeowner even though they are public property. If you turn the coil on its edge, you should increase your chances of making a find.
#1 - Your Own Backyard
Your own backyard might seem like an unlikely place to find treasures, but you might be surprised at what you can find. Use your backyard to learn about the features of your metal detector and the different sounds it makes as it detects different metals. Or just discover what’s hiding beneath the surface of your own property. Either way, don’t miss what is right in your own backyard.