State Rock: Kentucky Agate (2000)
State Gemstone: Freshwater Pearl (1986)
State Mineral: Coal (1998)
State Fossil: Brachiopod (1986)
The most abundant rocks and minerals that can be found in Kentucky include: Geodes, Quartz crystals, Agate, Calcite, Fluorite, Jasper, Chalcedony, Petrified wood, Galena, and Barite.
EUREKA MINE & COLUMBIA MINE
The Eureka Prospects and Columbia Mines are located in a hardwood forest alongside Hurricane Creek.
Ben E. Clement Mineral Museum
205 N Walker St., Marion, Kentucky 42064
Scheduled digs for fluorite and other kinds of minerals begin late April through October. In addition to daytime digs, night digs for fluorescent specimens are held too. The museum can also arrange custom digs.
- Safety Goggles
- Insect Repellant
- Hand Lens
- Crack Hammer
- Wrapping Paper for Specimens
- Sledgehammer (optional)
- UV Light (optional)
Open Year Around
Nov., Dec. Jan., Feb., March, & April
Wednesday through Saturday 10:00AM-3:00PM
May, June, July, Aug., Sept., Oct.
Monday through Saturday 10:00AM-3:00PM
P.O. Box 391, 205 North Walker Street.
Tours, for other times, may be arranged by contacting us at 270-965-4263
Please note that rock collecting locations are always changing so be sure to check with the site owner for the most current information before going.
Dig safe, never go underground, and make sure to get permission from the landowner to search for and collect rocks.