Where to go Metal Detecting

Where to go metal detecting, treasure hunting, and coin shooting with your metal detector.


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Where to go Metal Detecting and Coinshooting
(Scroll down for the list of 54 suggested areas to go metal detecting)


Since Metal Detecting In The USA has been on line, I have received quite a few emails concerning the subject of where to actually go metal detecting.  Visitors to the web site have probably already gathered that schools, churches and parks are some pretty good places to go coin shooting as evidenced by my finds.

One has to keep in mind that you have to hunt the older places if you want to find quality coins.  Metal detecting a school that was built in the 70's is typically not going to produce silver coins and wheat pennies.  Look for the older schools.  Some of these schools had corner stones with the date on them, others have a plaque in the entrance where you can usually see it if you peer through the front doors.  It is not hard to distinguish an old school from the new modern types.  The old schools are being torn down at an alarming rate and new schools are built right onto the old property.  This is where research would pay off. 

Churches are an excellent place to coin shoot because they hold the oldest coins.  Why?  Because churches are usually the oldest building in the community!  They were probably the first building erected in a small town after the homes were built.  Every Sunday all of the town folk would gather at the church and children would play on both sides, front, and in back of the church.  Trees are great places to search under at an old church.  It was a good place to get out of the sun on a hot day and children loved to climb and play in them.  Remember, they didn't have jungle gyms back then.

Other places to search are gazebo's and bandshells.  These places were usually center stage for a large crowd gathering back in the 1800-1900's.  Gazebo's can be found on church grounds, parks and city courtyards.  Bandshells can be found in the same places but they offer the additional bonus of a seating area to coin shoot around.  They are excellent sources of quality coins and the older the better.

There is a host of other locations to coin shoot and the list is as long as your imagination.  Coins are found where money exchanged hands or could fall out of pockets or purses...that means there are a lot of places to go metal detecting.  Old drive-in movies are good sources.  Sure, they are full of trash, but there are ways to get around that.  A smaller coil will allow the detectorist to actually detect between pieces of trash.  Discrimination options can cut a lot of the trash out.  Some detectors have a bell tone alert or TONE ID which really sounds off on coins but gives a low hum on trash.  Most drive-ins had a playground in front of the screen which is an excellent source of coins.

The grassy areas between the sidewalks and the road are another good source of coins.  Check with the homeowner before you start detecting.  It may be public property but it is only common courtesy to ask first.  Besides, they might give you some more clues on where to hunt.  The grassy medians in the center of the road in some housing areas are another good source for finding coins.  Children would use these areas as football and baseball fields.  Don't forget to check around old parking meters if they are in the grassy area next to the sidewalks.  If they still have grass around them you can bet you will find some silver!

Another area that is usually not hunted is under old bleachers.  I have said it before, these places are silver mines.  Sure, they have a lot of trash but it is worth digging up a little trash if you are finding silver.  Remember, the older fields pulled double duty as baseball fields as well as a football fields.  Always ask permission when hunting the places mentioned above.  It is not hard to get permission to hunt at a church.  Remember, it is open every Sunday.  Go early and ask to hunt at another time when they are not so busy.  Schools are the same way.  Just go in to the main office and ask.  Make sure you point out that you WILL be returning lost class rings and other identifiable items.  For public parks it is best to inquire at city hall.  Better yet, ask the local police.  They are the ones that enforce the laws concerning metal detecting.  Be sincere and let them know that you carry all trash items out and the only thing you are leaving behind are your footprints.

Metal Detecting In Europe
When I was stationed in Germany I hunted the hay fields, wheat fields, potato fields, and the sugar beet fields.  I found everything from Roman to modern day coins.  Grassy fields next to streams were also good areas to detect.  In Trier I hunted the river banks when it was low from the grassy edge down to the new water level.  Europe is a fantastic place to metal detect.  I always asked the farmers in German if I could hunt their fields with my "peep machine" and was never turned down.

Be sure to read Obtaining Permission to Metal Detect or Search Private Property.

54 Suggested Areas for Where to go Metal Detecting:
1. Churchyards
2. Parks
3. Schoolyards
4. Playgrounds
5. Fairgrounds
6. Picnic Areas
7. Old Military Bases/Training Grounds
8. Recreational Vehicle Parks
9. Amusement Parks
10. Carnival Sites
11. Swimming Areas such as Lakes and Rivers
12. Seaside Beaches
13. Sand, Dirt or Grassy Parking Areas
14. Old Drive-In Theaters
15. Old Home Sites
16. Old School Sites
17. Children's Summer Camps
18. Fishing Camps
19. Hunting Camps
20. Under Grandstands and Bleachers
21. Under Ski Lifts
22. Old Campgrounds
23. Roadside Produce Stands
24. Around any Resort Area
25. Stock Car Speedway
26. Small Circus Grounds
27. Parking Meters
28. Old Factories
29. The Woods
30. Soccer Fields
31. Baseball Fields
32. Football Fields
33. Town Square
34. Boy Scout Camps
35. CCC Camps
36. Logging Camps
37. Farm Fields
38. Canal Towpaths
39. Old Cafe/Diners
40. Trailer Parks
41. Hotel/Motels
42. Trolley and Bus Stops
43. Old Golf Courses
44. Bandshells
45. Gazebo's
46. Construction Sites
47. Abandoned Gas Stations
48. Old Neighborhood Boulevards
49. Old Inn's and Bed & Breakfast
50. Ghost Towns
51. Outdoor Flea Markets
52. Tent Revival Meeting Area
53. Under Bridges
54. Walking Paths/Hiking Trails

Copy/Print list of where to go metal detecting.

 
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School built in 1931. It has everything a detectorist looks for in an old school.
This school was built in 1931.  It has everything a detectorist looks for in an old school.  Lots of grass, an old playground and large trees in the front of the building.  I can tell you that I found 100's (yes 100's) of silver coins at this location.  Best of all, it was only 5 miles from where I lived.  It has since been converted into an apartment complex.

This is a school that my partner Jeff Herke and I hunted in Windsor, NY.
This is a school that my partner Jeff Herke and I hunted in Windsor, NY. It looks to be in the 1920-1930 era. We found it by just driving around looking for good places to metal detect.

This is an older school built in 1879.
This is an older school built in 1879. When I hunted it (one of the first) it was still being used as a school. It has since been turned into a private residence. In the back was an old ball field where I found at least 4 old silver rings. In the front yard (pictured) is where I found the Roy Roger's silver ring. I also dug up a Barber quarter in this front yard. It has since been turned into an art studio and the new owner has given me permission to metal detect the old school grounds.

This beautiful old stone church was built in the 1800's.
This beautiful old stone church was built in the 1800's. I do remember finding an Indian head penny on the side and a Mercury dime right in front of the welcome sign. It doesn't have to have a lot of grass to produce a few old coins.

Hunting old churches can produce really nice coins.
Hunting old churches can produce really nice coins.  In this front yard I found a 1921-P Mercury dime in very good condition that I recently sold on eBay for $76.00.  I also found a gold tie pin.

Gazebo's are found in parks, churchyards, and city courtyards.
Gazebo's are found in parks, churchyards, and city courtyards. They also did duty as a temporary bandshell, ice cream and soda pop stand. At this New York location, Jeff Herke found two Barber dimes with his White's XLT

Bandshells are found in churchyards or near a church.
This is what's known as a "bandshell". A band would set up on the open stage and people would sit and listen (or dance) as the band played. Those cement squares once held planks that were used for seating. These are normally (but not always) located on church grounds or near a church. They are an excellent source for coins!



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