Places to Metal Detect in Arkansas

Where can I metal Detect in Arkansas? I’m asked that question weekly, and the answer is simple really; it depends on your local laws and ordinances concerning metal detecting in public places.

Assuming that you have already done your homework and know that metal detecting is allowed in your town, here is a list of Five places that you can metal detect in just about every city.

1. Parks and Playgrounds

Parks and playgrounds are great places to find lost jewelry and coins. Baseball diamonds and soccer fields can also be productive areas to find lost items.  Pendants and rings can be lost when players are running around and jumping during a game.  Areas where spectators sit and watch games can also be good places to metal detect.

2. Woods Hunting

Paths through the woods can lead you to house foundations and cellar holes that hold relics and coins from the past. Using aerial maps, you can get a birds-eye view of wooded areas in your town. Hiking trails, deer trails, ancient trails and old foot paths can be seen more easily from above. With a little bit of research you can put yourself on some long forgotten homesteads.

3. Fresh Water Beaches

Arkansas only has fresh water beaches, but Metal Detecting on local and popular beaches can be very rewarding with the possibility of finding jewelry, watches, ear rings, coins, and other lost items. Metal Detect in areas where people sit on the bank, as well as in the water if your metal detector is waterproof.

4. Farm Fields

Old farms and in particular the surrounding fields can some times give up old coins in areas that you wouldn’t think old coins could be found. Some towns from early settlers are long gone now, but at one time stood in the middle of what is now a corn or tobacco field. Metal detecting in fields after a rain can increase your odds of finding deeper targets. Don’t underestimate the potential for some great finds hidden in the middle of a field.

5. Creeks, Lakes, Rivers

River and creek banks where old “Picnic Groves” or Ferry launches were located can be amazing spots for early coins and jewelry. The “picnic areas” were used while waiting for the ferry to arrive or depart and early settlers would sit along the river banks and have a drink or lunch and items were surely lost. A confluence, or meeting of two bodies of water was a likely place for a ferry launch or stop. Towns were set up along these confluences for commerce reasons, so these long forgotten spots can be rewarding for the knowing metal detectorist.

Doing research and gaining knowledge are as important as the rest of the hobby of metal detecting. More often than not we’re going to find our best finds where no one else has looked so be sure to think outside of the box sometimes.

The truth is, anywhere that people frequent or have been in the past has potential for you to find lost items.

Always seek permission to metal detect on private property in Arkansas, and Any state that you metal detect in.

Happy Hunting Everyone! Thanks for Reading.

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Clean Coins with a Rock Tumbler

Are you looking for a way to clean coins that you find while metal detecting? Did you know that you can actually clean coins with a rotary rock tumbler?

There are many coin cleaning techniques found on the internet, but when using a rock tumbler, most guys toss in a handful of aquarium gravel, a couple squirts of dish soap and the coins and let them tumble until the coins are the desired color again.

Speaking of color, you want to separate your coins because pennies will dye other coins red or pink if tumbled together.  I personally group and tumble coins by their denomination.  I’ve found that to be the best way to avoid discolored coins.

If I am not worried about the condition of the coin afterwards and only care about getting the coin back to a spendable condition, I like to use tiny white gravel the same size as aquarium gravel that I find on sides of roads.

Now, as funny as that sounds, this particular gravel works great.

I have found that the gravel is strong enough that the edges don’t round off easily and it is abrasive enough to clean black or red coins.

It should be noted that we should never clean a valuable coin! Serious coin experts can spot a cleaned coin almost instantly and consider a cleaned coin to be a damaged coin.

If you think that you have a valuable coin, be sure to take it to a reputable coin dealer for a second opinion before you clean it!

Having said that, most detectorists use a tumbler of some sort to clean dug coins. Rotary tumblers are a great way to clean coins, and if you get one with a double drum like the one shown below you can clean two types of finds at the same time.

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XtremepowerUS Dual Rotary Tumbler Polisher, for Stone & Metal features:

  • Two 3 lb Capacity Drums.
  • Media Capacity: 2.3lbs.
  • Motor Power: 120 V~/60hZ.
  • Rubber Barrell for quieter operation.
  • Diameter: 6.5 Inches.

One of the best tumblers on the market is the Lortone 33B Rotary Rock Tumbler which is also a dual drum tumbler.

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Each molded-rubber barrel has a 3-Pound capacity for a total of 6 lbs.

Perfect for polishing rocks, and cleaning coins.

Strong and Stable steel construction.

The Lortone brand quality is backed by a one-year warranty.

Final Thoughts:

As stated above, it is recommended that you Do Not clean a collectible coin! In many instances, cleaning a rare or valuable coin can actually Decrease the value of the coin!

For the modern coins that we find while metal detecting, a simple rock tumbler will clean your coins well enough to spend, coin roll, or drop into a vending machine.


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What is the Difference Between a Metal Detector and Pinpointer?

When we first begin the hobby of metal detecting all of the new terminology and available technology can be a bit overwhelming.  Trying to wade through ten thousand articles and forum comments to find answers can be tiring, especially when there are millions of opinions being shared. Talk about information overload!

I’m asked metal detecting related questions daily, and recently a new detectorist asked me a simple question “What is the difference between a metal detector and a pinpointer?”

That’s a valid question, but it made me realize something.  Much of what veteran detectorists believe is common knowledge, isn’t common knowledge, yet, to those who are new to the hobby. We all start at the beginning, and one of the best parts of the metal detecting community is that detectorists freely share information in an effort to help each other be more successful. So, What is the difference between a metal detector and a pinpointer?

What is a metal detector?

In layman’s terms, a metal detector is a hand held electronic device consisting of a shaft, electronic control box and coil that detects the presence of metals under ground.  When metal targets are detected the user is alerted via a tone and digital target ID number on screen.

What is a pinpointer?

Simply put, a metal detecting pinpointer is a hand-held probe usually around 8 inches long that is used to locate targets in the hole once the detectorist has opened the plug. Metal items can be camouflaged in the dirt, so a pinpointer alerts the user by vibration, and tone indicators.  Usually, the closer the probe is to metal, the faster the beep of the tone.

Both are metal detectors that compliment one another. Some say a pinpointer is the other half of your metal detector. They go together like steak and baked potatoes.  You can have one without the other, but why would you want to? Anyway…

There you have it, that’s basically the difference between a metal detector and pinpointer. Both have a place in your arsenal and both are essential items for metal detecting that you need no matter what your experience level is.

Maximize your time by using the correct tools for the job so you can recover targets faster, dig cleaner plugs, and get more keepers per hour.


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