|Alabama Paint Rock Agate Page !
Updated July 18, 2012 @ 11:00 a.m.
|Cabochons cut from
Paint rock agate.
|Paint Rock agate is usually red and yellow . It can sometimes have other colors and even fortification lines . On occasion
large agate nodules are found with hollow places that may have druse quartz crystals. Sometimes these crystals can be
quite large , and can even be smoky or amethyst colored . The material is very good for making cabochons or any other type
of lapidary processing and polishing , even tumbling !
Paint Rock agate is usually found in the Paint Rock Valley of Alabama and also in areas across the state line into
Tennessee. This area is on the Alabama side & near the Tennessee state line . We'll be working in the Alabama portion of
the valley in the general area of Trenton. This is an area of great beauty , with mountains that steeply rise up to 1,500 feet in
elevation. While steep , it is not too steep to hike up the mountain. The best most scenic place to do this is up a stream or
wash . There is plenty of shade on this tree covered mountain , so it is not as hot as most places . The limestone on the
mountain side is like a mini "rock city" with natural bridges and rock formations. There is usually lots of fossils to be found
DIG DATE : to be announced $35
This is event will be held rain or shine!
The area that I will be taking people to has a large amount of agate on the property . While the area has plentifull agate , only a
small percentage has the good carnelian intense red color . This will involve a lot of breaking rocks to find the good color.
Here is what you will need to bring :
There is no digging involved in this hunt unless you just want to. Currently the ground has a good amount of agate on
the surface . You'll simply walk along and break the agate to determine what has color . Remember :
11. Cost $35 per person. Children , if approved, are $15.
B&B with rooms & cabins: I recommend the cabins. No cell phone service in this area !
Paint Rock Valley Lodge & Retreat Phone (256) 776-9411
3865 County Rd. 9
Estillfork, AL 35745
The nearest decent hotel is 20 miles away MICROTEL
With online reservations and AAA discount the rooms are $55 and are really nice but you must book early. Whenever
possible I stay here because it is NICE and the closest to the meeting place and has nearby restaurants.
Warning : Not recommended to stay at any of the cheaper hotels in huntsville.
The nicest place to stay is the Holiday Inn Downtown. This is a former Hilton hotel so the building has a restaurant,
a Star Bucks , and was built to Hilton standards. It is the nicest Holiday Inn I have ever stayed at.
Expensive, but if you have priority club reward points, this is the BEST place to stay. Oddly enough , this place
doesnt require a lot of points to stay here.
|IMPORTANT : You must email me and register for the digs !
FOR THE dig , THIS WILL BE OUR MEETING PLACE : subject to change so check
back on this!
11620 Al Highway 65 Hollytree, AL. 35751
Sign-in at 8:45 and we will leave at 9 am CENTRAL TIME. If you are late you will
miss the group and wont be allowed to participate.
I will be doing a half-day dig on friday, email me for the details.
|Please help the local economy of the Paint Rock Valley ! There are nice places to stay , right in the valley. The
Hollytree Grocery has great biscuits and sandwich's grilled to order - Hamburgers too !