Agate from Scott's Gulf, Smyrna, Tennessee


8/31/17 - A major component of rock collecting (for me) is simply getting out in nature. A buddy dragged me out to a very remote area here in middle TN to hunt for agate. Since I'm a pure "Glow Hound" I wasn't anticipating any glow rocks, just the beauty of the area, but I brought my light anyway. We first visited Lost Creek Falls (a setting for a couple of the scenes in the "Jungle Book" movie) then proceeded another 10 miles down a hundred year old wagon trail (banjos in the distance) and along a creek bed. Agates everywhere - and glad I brought my light. Many had a very strong green fluorescence - a real plus for us in middle TN. Most every fluorescent mineral in our area glows either white or yellow, so green was a pleasing find.

We found lots of individual pieces in and around the creek but they were on the small side. After about 4 hours of collecting we decided to head back to the jeep when my buddy whacked a largish rock to reveal wonderful agate inside - the find of the day..... Until we hopped in the jeep and started the torturous drive out. "Stop" I shouted. At the side of the creek bed road was a huge boulder of what looked like agate. I hopped out, whacked it once, and voila, solid chunk of agate. We attempted to trim it down to size with our puny crack hammers (who expected to need a sledge when hunting for Tennessee agate?). Finally we two old men summoned up the courage to lift it into the back of the jeep without smashing a toe or pulling out a back. A good 200 lbs of solid agate, all glowing a nice green... Glow rocks can be found anywhere. You just gotta hunt (and break a lot of rock).

https://nashvillefunforfamilies.com/lost-creek-falls-cave/

Email comments or suggestions:

Home

Nature’s Rainbows is a non-commercial web site maintained entirely by volunteer hobbyists and contributors.  Our mission is to provide information about UV and luminescence, premium fluorescent mineral photos, and a fluorescent mineral database for the enjoyment of FL mineral collectors around the world.  Information on this web site is covered under a Creative Commons License.


Feel free to contact us with comments and suggestions.

Like us on Facebook!

  • reddit
  • Facebook Social Icon

Subscribe to our RSS (Real Simple Syndication) feed to get new posts delivered directly to your desktop!