Topaz Collecting Site

Elk Mills Topaz

Just west across the NC-TN state line, the Elk River passes beneath Highway 321 at Poga. This area is also known as Elk Mills. Along the river’s edge is an easily accessible site to collect topaz. Specimens are commonly 2+cm in diameter, though few are of gemstone quality.  You can find peach, white, and silver topaz varieties.

Park at the dirt turnout beside the gas station at the Elk River bridge. Cross 321 to reach the river bed for collecting.

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Physical Address
Department of Geology
033 Rankin Science West
572 Rivers Street
Boone, NC 28608

Postal Address
Department of Geology
Appalachian State University
ASU Box 32067
Boone, NC 28608-2067

Phone: 828-262-3049
Fax: 828-262-6503

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