Hocking Hills KOA Gem Mine & Gold Rush


Folks of all ages agree that the Hocking Hills Gem Mine and Gold Rush is loads of fun! No matter what size bucket of gold or gem rough you choose, you are sure to find a piece of genuine gold or a variety of beautiful gemstones. Our buckets are great for families or groups to share. Ask about the availability of our Specialty Buckets that contain beautiful, genuine cut and polished gemstones like emeralds or sapphires along with all the goodies of our standard buckets. Experience gold panning with Placer gold. We supply the materials you need to discover what gold panning is like – including genuine gold! Take home kits for gold and gemstones are also available in our store.


Open April 1st – November 1st

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Gold Buckets – Gold Rush & Lucky Strike

$33-59tax included
  • Two different size gold buckets are offered for this unique gold panning experience. Gold panning will take a little more time, so plan on staying a little longer for this fun activity.

Lil’ Prospect Gem Bucket

$11tax included
  • Our smallest bucket offers a nice collection of rough gemstones. This one-person bucket is great for kids.

Rockhound Bucket

$33tax included
  • A nice collection of rough and polished gemstones that may include arrowheads, fossils or shark teeth as well. A nice bucket to share with someone – loaded with a nice variety of goodies!

Motherlode Bucket

$49tax included
  • Our best selection of gem rough with jewelry grade gems and a geode. By far this is our most popular bucket and can easily be shared or kept to yourself!

Special Buckets

$159-180tax included
  • We call these special because they are just that! Each bucket contains a beautiful genuine cut and polished, ready to mount gemstone that is included in either a Rockhound or Motherlode Bucket.

Take Home Gold Kit

$4275tax included
  • This kit comes with an 8″ gold pan, a bottle to keep your finds in and of course gold! A great option if you don’t have time to pan here. They also make a great gift for friends or family back at home.

Take Home Kits and Buckets

$19-40tax included
  • Want to share the fun with someone at home or can’t get enough yourself? Our take home kits and buckets take care of that.

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