Guidelines to Metal Detecting in Parks

6 July 2011

The first thing to note when we speak of metal detecting in parks is that I'm speaking of parks as local recreation areas, not national parks. It is illegal to metal detect in National Parks in the United States. In other parts of the world you can obtain permits to hunt in these areas - but you should ensure familiarity with your local laws to stay on the right side of the legal system.

The second important thing to remember is that when metal detecting in parks (as with metal detecting in all areas) is that you must consider other people at all times and follow the correct metal detecting ethics. Primarily, not to leave open holes in the park once you've dug up your treasures.

There have been cases of metal detectorists doing this in the past and children have been hurt because they tripped in these holes. You can in fact easily dig up targets with minimal impact on the soil using a probe such as a screwdriver, so its not necessary to totally deface the property. You should also check if there are any bylaws or ordinances in your area regarding metal detecting in public parks.

Now let's turn to where you should look for targets when hunting in parks:

- Around the bottom of tree trunks of the larger trees. Coins often gather here and they are popular places for people to sit or lean against the tree.

- In shady areas, where people like to sit and watch the children play games.

- Around playground equipment, where parents might drop coins or jewellery as they push their kids on the swings or roundabout.

- At the edges of the park, you'll often find older coins on the outer edges of the area where the grass might be a bit longer or there are bushes growing. This might take a bit more effort but the rewards will be worth it. Most people go for the central areas as well, so often there are heaps of targets on the edges.

Other Recreation Areas to Search

Playing fields, basketball courts and volleyball courts - particularly on the edges - may have some lost jewellery or coins. Players or spectators may drop things as they participate in the on court action. Large open fields after concerts or festivals are great places to search if you can get there shortly after the main action has faded. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of people who attend these gatherings. They dance, drink and have fun and no doubt lots of coins and jewellery are misplaced in all the festivities

Ken Rowsby is a passionate treasure hunter. If you'd like more great tips on metal detecting in parks [] and other places then please visit [].

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