State Rock: Calcium Carbonate (1979)
State Gem: Pearl (1979)
State Mineral: Agate (2009)
State Fossil: Pterotrigonia thoracica (1998)
Tennessee provides a rare opportunity to find freshwater pearls in the Tennessee River and its tributaries.
In Tennessee it is fairly common to find quartz-family mineral specimens like agate, jasper, and petrified wood.
In Cannon County you can search for, and find Geodes.
The Mountains of the Cumberland Plateau and central Tennessee are where you can find unique Agate specimens. Be sure to check out Horse Mountain in particular.
Douglas Lake “Diamonds” which are actually quartz Crystal points. They do however look a lot and even form similar to Herkimer Diamond crystals in New York but this is In Tennessee!!
- Garden Trowel
- 3 prong hand cultivator
- 1 or 2 buckets
- Knee pads or something to kneel on
PRIVATELY OWNED PROPERTY
Decatur County, Tennessee
There is a location is Tennessee to find cool little gypsum aka: selenite crystals!
No digging allowed – only surface collecting. Bring buckets
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.
We’ve listed a couple of locations here but there may be many more that are not listed.
Dig safe, never go underground, and make sure to get permission from the landowner to search for and collect rocks.