Ok so just got back day before yesterday from the Alabama Gold Camp and finally all settled in and time for part one of this 3 part review. This 1st part will be about the camp itself while the 2nd and 3rd part will be about the mining (High Bankers & Dredges).
First let me say the Alabama Gold Camp is beautiful, and very clean. The cleanliness of the place really surprised me, since it allows camping on site. Me and the family stayed at the Chahea State Park for our vacation and that place had plastic bottles everywhere. So it was a nice surprise to see how well they take care of the Gold Camp. It is still outdoors and the roads are dirt so don’t expect a pristine meadow, lol.
So when you first arrive you are greeted by a great big cool looking water tower:
Once you enter the camp you will see the General Store slash office. They also Have restrooms located here as well as one other on the other side of the camp. The building is very rustic looking which was how it was intended to be built. It actually looks like it has been around for 100 years, not the 6 or so in reality. The store was cool and had tons of cool mining equipment so if you foget something they probably have it. The prices aren’t outrageous either. While they could be had cheaper online, the prices are close enough to make it worth buying if you need it. So in other words they aren’t price gouging.
The staff was incredibly friendly and knowledgeable which is always a good thing. The camp itself is cheap to enter, $5 per person over the age of 11. So for my family of 5 it cost us $15 to go look around and pan. If you plan on using high bankers or dredges they rent them or you can use your own for a fee. I will be reviewing both of those option in parts 2 and 3.
Now for the part everyone wants to know about, the GOLD! Yes they have gold. Enough to pay for my trip, no, but was it worth it? Hell yes! If you live close by it is probably a great deal, and you may break even or make a few bucks, but I had to rent a SUV for a week and rent a cabin for just as long so I knew I wasn’t going to recoup that money. However it was a vacation and I loved every minute of it. So would I go back in a heart beat and me and wife are already making plans for a return visit. The wife though didn’t have as much fun, so next time she will just be dropping me off and doing her own thing.
Ok now back to the gold. I will address more of the gold, how much was found etc in parts 2 and 3 coming tomorrow and next day. So until then here are some more pics of the beautiful Alabama Gold Camp.