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East of Iron Bridge on Gourdneck Valley Road
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Magnet Cove, AR US
Uploaded By Scott (webmaster)
Uploaded on Thursday, January 7, 2010 at 10:59:09 AM

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This website or the contributor can't guarantee the information here to be accurate or to be up-to-date, although that is the intention for the data. Illegal activity or property damage is not the responsibility of this website, but each visitor is encouraged to review the Rockhound Code of Ethics. Each website visitor is advised also to consider reference sources listed and outside sources in their research before visiting the location.
Location Type: Public Access
Details: More details can be found on the Rockhounding in Arkansas website. I really got the information by looking at a map to see where a road intersected cove creek and from reading a blog about finding pyrite near the old Mo-Ti prospect. There is plenty of pyrite if you dig in the creek. Here is a quote from the RockhoundingAR.com website: "Digging in the creek and along the high bank on the south side of the creek has been a popular pass time for many a rockhound. Aside from just pyrite, one can find small black smoky quartz crystals, brilliant lustered brookite crystals, orthoclase feldspar, greasy gray films of molybdenite, and even an occasional specimen of iridescent pyrite." You should read more about Magnet Cove from that link. The pyrite found there in the creek was surprisingly had sharp edges still. There is some sort of protection happening in that creek.
Directions: More details can be found on the Rockhounding in Arkansas website. It says: "Pyrite occurs in Cove Creek approximately 0.2 of a mile east of the iron bridge (paved crossroad north from Highway 51, west of Magnet Cove cemetery)." The exact directions are to turn off of highway 51 and go east on Gourdneck Valley Road until you cross the bridge and go to the right. Other sources say just park after the bridge on the right. You can dig downstream and still find pyrite.
GPS Coordinates (lat,long): ( 3428'8.39"N, 9251'12.04"W)
or (34.468997, -92.853344)
Google Map: (The GPS marker is supposed to be exact.)
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Reference Info: http://www.rockhoundingar.com/locations/hotspring.html
Mindat Link: http://www.mindat.org/loc-16593.html
Tags: Magnet Cove, Hot Springs County, Arkansas, Mo-Ti prospect, pyrite dig, pyrite, black smoky quartz, smoky quartz, crystals, smoky quartz crystals, quartz, quartz crystals, brookite crystals, brookite, orthoclase feldspar, molybdenite, iridescent pyrite, cove creek, iron bridge, steel bridge, Gourdneck Valley Road, creek, pyrite chunks, pyrite cubes, highway 51

Sample of Photos of specimens found at location (View All)

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Photos of Collector Specimens Found in the Same City (View All)

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Sodalite-bearing syenite from Magnet Cove, Arkansas
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Ilmenite X Rare Mineral Micromount Magnet Cove Arkansas
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Classic!!! BROOKITE on QUARTZ - Magnet Cove, Arkansas
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Comments (Most recent are first)
Scott (webmaster) - Nov 6, 2010 08:26:09 AM EST
Yeah, I found out in August that the reason there is so much pyrite on the surface is because some of the locals dig out the bottom of the creek and bring up some of the host rock (with much pyrite).  However, you can still find some nice pyrite chunks and pyrite with brookite crystals in their tailings pile.

onesickfreak - Nov 6, 2010 01:13:51 AM EST


just surface hunting i found crazy amounts of pyrite, some real nice cubes and other formations.  Definetly worth checking out



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