Rockhounding in Alabama


 Over 190 mineral species can be found in Alabama.  Included are agates, amethyst, andalulsite, apatite, calcite, emeralds, fluorite, ilmenite, magnetite, monazite, onyx, opal, rutile, tourmaline, turquoise and gold.  

Paint Rock agates can be found in the Rock River Valley's streams and gravel bars.  The mid-eastern region of the state.  Fossils can be found in Covington and Russell counties - but the state fossil (Basilosaurus cetoides) CANNOT be taken out of the state without specific permission from the governor.  As always, make sure you have permission to look for rocks and fossils before collecting.

Be sure to check out:

the Steven C.  Minkin Paleozoic Footprint Site near Jasper, AL

the Natural Bridge in Winston County (northwest AL)

the Russell Cave National Monument near Bridgeport, AL

the Rickwood Caverns State Park near Warrior, AL

the Cathedral Caverns State Park near Woodville, AL

This picture from Ken Gables Photography is of the Natural Bridge.



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