16th Annual Western North Carolina
July 21st - 28th, 2019
The largest annual Rockhound gathering in the state!
Hosted by: M.A.G.M.A., the Mountain Area Gem and Mineral Association
This event will be based at Camp Stephens. This property is located just outside the city of Asheville off of Interstate 26. The camp is just 3.5 miles from the Interstate but located in a secluded wooded area on the French Broad River. There is room for many RV's and tent campers. There is a large indoor pavilion with two bathrooms, two showers (note that the showers and bathrooms have been renovated and are in excellent working condition now) a kitchen, electricity and water for the outside campers and inside the pavilion. There are large campfire pits for use by campers. I will also have two porta potties' on site for extra bathrooms. There will be a dumpster on site for all garbage (be sure to bag your garbage before putting it in the dumpster). Campers will be able to swim, fish, canoe, snorkel, etc. in the river. The camp area is completely wooded so there is plenty of shade. We will be allowed to use the numerous tables provided in the pavilion to set up and swap/sale our rocks and minerals. Three miles from the camp are numerous gas stations, a mall, restaurants, motels/hotels and more.
Campers can arrive anytime Sunday the 21st to set up camp and get ready for the week’s events.
Agenda: We have coordinated this event to coincide with the numerous gem and mineral shows that are taking place in Franklin, North Carolina the same week. We will visit a variety of mines for collecting. There will be directions to the mines given to all attendees, campers and participants can visit any of the mines listed here, any day of the roundup as many times as they like. I will have release forms and take payment for some mines at the camp and will provide instructions as to where to pay for some mines.
Mines we will have full access to during the week of the roundup:
Crabtree Emerald Mine in Mitchell County, NC. Fee: $15 for those camping at the roundup, $20 for all others. Release forms and payment will be collected at the camp prior to the dig. Directions will be provided at camp.
Sinkhole Mine in Mitchell County, NC. No fee, directions will be provided at camp.
Little Pine Garnet Mine in Madison County, NC. Fee: $25 per person. Forms and payment are handled at the office of the Sandy Bottom Trail Rides before proceeding to the mine. Directions will be provided at camp.
Sharpes Emerald Prospect in Hiddenite, NC. Fee $20 for those camping at the roundup, $25 for all others. Release forms and payment will be collected at the camp prior to the dig. Directions will be provided at camp.
We will be visiting the numerous gem and mineral shows in Franklin, NC daily.
There will be demonstrations on wire wrap, flint knapping, cabochon making, etc. Display tables will be available to show off your favorite specimens. The members have a cookout in the evening and a big campfire. There will be tables setup throughout the week for people to sell and trade their rocks and minerals, gems and jewelry.
Saturday the 27th; THE FEAST! Everyone should bring a dish or desert and something to drink. If you need to cook something for the meal, you should start cooking around 1:00 to be ready to eat around 3:00.
Fee for Roundup: $40.00 per person. Vendors, $60.00. This covers all 7 days of the Roundup.
Kids 12 and under are free.
If you plan to only attend a few of the days, the cost will be $10.00 per day.
Accommodations: Camping on the Camp Stephens property is included in the above cost.
Directions: Take exit 33 off of Interstate 26 just outside of Asheville NC. Go west on Brevard Road/Hwy. 191. Drive 3.5 miles to Clayton Road on the left, turn left and drive 2/10ths of a mile to the entrance to Camp Stephens on the left. You will see a large MAGMA sign at the entrance. If coming from Exit 37 off I-26, turn right onto Clayton Road, the event will be on the right. Address: 263 Clayton Road, Arden, NC.
There are two KOA campgrounds in the area:
East Asheville KOA: reservations:1-800-562-5907, information: 828-686-3121
West Asheville KOA: reservations: 1-800-562-9015, information: 828-665-7015
For those who would rather stay in a hotel in the area, there are several hotel/motels 3.5 miles from the camp at the I-26 exit. For more info on these motels:
Country Inn and Suites: 845 BREVARD RD, Asheville, NC 28806 (828) 670-9000
Rodeway Inn and Suites: 9 Wedgefield Drive, Asheville, NC 28806 (828) 670-8800
Fairfield Inn and Suites: 11 Rocky Ridge Road, Asheville, NC 28806 (828) 665-4242
Hampton Inn: One Rocky Ridge Road, Asheville, NC 28806 (828) 667-2022
Comfort Suites: 890 Brevard Road, Asheville, NC 28806 (828) 665-4000
This roundup is open to all clubs and anyone visiting the area from out of town who would like to attend. Remember to bring plenty of rocks and minerals to trade, sell, and show.
For more information, contact Rick Jacquot at: 828-779-4501 or email email@example.com