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Copperhead Creek Gem Mine in Nashville, Indiana

Copperhead Creek Gem Mining in Nashville, Indiana

Copperhead Creek Gem Mining in Nashville, Indiana

Known as a grown-up shopping paradise, you can still find a bit of hands-on fun for all ages at Copperhead Creek Gem Mine in Nashville, Indiana!

Part of the Brown County Rock and Fossil Shop (keep watch for info about that one), it’s a great place to let little ones let loose.

Copperhead Creek Gem Mine in Nashville, Indiana

After repeating “Don’t touch! Don’t touch! Don’t touch!” while venturing in and out of so many amazing Brown County shops, our boys were more than ready to be kids for a moment. Copperhead Creek Gem Mine was the perfect answer!

Located right downtown, it’s easy to find. Just look for the water tower and sluice and you’ve found it.

You can get a bag or bucket of gem-laden sand. Then? Get to work! Pour or scoop the sand into the sifting pans and see what you can find. As you can see from the image to the right, even younger members can not only get involved–but have a lot of fun, too!

Nashville, Indiana Gem Mining

Copperhead Creek Gem Mining in Nashville, Indiana

Copperhead Creek Gem Mining in Nashville, Indiana

Our boys were thrilled by the gems that they uncovered. There’s not itty bitty gems here–there are big chunks of Quartz, Amethyst, and (my favorite) even Fool’s Gold. There’s over sorts of different kinds that you may find in your bucket or bag!

Kid #1 was very thorough and carefully picked through each pan to make sure he found even the tiniest flake of a gem while Kid #2 was in it for the big chunks.

They went away with quite the full bags. It was awesome! Kid #1 couldn’t wait to go through and identify his loot.

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Copperhead Creek Gem Mining in Nashville, Indiana

Copperhead Creek Gem Mining in Nashville, Indiana

Set aside a little family bonding time at this great Brown County attraction. We oohed and aahed as much as the kids.

You can try your hand at panning for gems at Copperhead Creek Gem Mine in Nashville, Indiana until the water freezes. There’s plenty of time to get to this small Indiana town and get panning!

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Copperhead Creek Gem Mining
79 N Van Buren Street
Nashville, Indiana 47448
812.988.2422

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Special thanks to Brown County Rock Shop/Coppperhead Creek Gem Mine for providing a bucket of mining rough. My opinions remain mine and mine alone. 

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Jessica Nunemaker is the little Indiana owner and Host of a little Indiana segment state-wide on PBS. Sometimes, she even sleeps. You'll usually find Jessica gallivanting around Indiana towns (population 15,000 and less) with her husband, Jeremy, and two boys (ages 9 and 5) in tow in search of where to stay, play and eat in small towns across the state! Small towns: destinations, not drive-thrus!

2 comments

  1. Jessica Nunemaker

    Please contact shop owners directly! Thanks!

  2. Do you sell rocks like whole sale or bulk I’m trying to find a good place thanks Tony

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