Where to Find Gold in PA

gold prospecting in pa

gold prospecting in pa

Gold Prospecting in PA is indeed possible – if you know where to look :). Pennsylvania has a rich history of gold prospecting and many of its rivers, creeks and ancient riverbeds contain vast untapped sources of gold. However in some areas of Pennsylvania, such as the battlefields of the Civil War, it is illegal to prospect for gold, please ensure check with your local authorities before going prospecting in Pa.  Please note, our Gold Maps & Books section may be of more assistance as we have GPS maps showing exact location of disused claims within many of the United States.

Gold Prospecting locations in PA

The following locations are known gold bearing locations in Pennsylvania –


Any of the river systems in this area will contain gold –

  • Dillsburg
  • Grantham
  • Wellsvile
  • Rossville

Namely the following – Stony Run, Fisher’s Run, Beaver Creek-North Branch and Wolf Run.
Be on the lookout for garnets mixed in with the black sands and gold in this area, all are occurring together – garnets are worth a few dollars too ;).

gold prospecting in pa - north york country

gold prospecting in pa – north york country


  • Glen Rock
  • Shrewsbury
  • Winterstown

Several of the streams in this area are gold bearing – the East Branch of the Codorus Creek, Centerville Creek, Trout Run and Seaks Run.

gold prospecting in pa - south york county

gold prospecting in pa – south york county



  • Hunterstown


  • Muddy Run Park
  • Peter’s Creek

If you would like to know more about gold prospecting in Pa, please visit this page as you may find local maps, old workings or even the sites of previous gold panning locations – Local Maps of Gold Prospecting in Pa.