The Best Places for Metal Detecting

Metal detcting on a beach
Metal detcting on a beach | Source

Why detect for metal?

Whether you are new to metal detecting or have simply lost interest due to a lack of success, I have brought together some places you may not have considered using your metal detector before.

I can't guarantee you will find a treasure chest bursting with Spanish doubloons and rubies as big as saucers but who knows!

We all dream of finding a treasure of forgotten gold jewelry or coins but don't dismiss other smaller finds, these can be equally as interesting but perhaps not as valuable. Whether your interest is coins, artifacts, or jewelry any discovery is a welcome one.

Buried Treasure
Buried Treasure | Source

Gerber Folding Shovels

Gerber E-Tool Folding Spade, Serrated Edge [30-000075]
Gerber E-Tool Folding Spade, Serrated Edge [30-000075]

I love my Gerber shovel. I was given this as a present from someone who uses theirs when camping. Knowing that I was into detecting, they knew it would be ideal to fit into my bag.

I began with a garden trowel, which was a waste of time, let me tell you. Sand would fall back into the hole faster than I could remove it.


Detect for Metal on a Crowded Beach

Have you ever dropped a coin in the sand? I know I have and so have lots of people and as you know, it is nigh on impossible to find it. That is why the beach is a fabulous place to metal detect.

Not only for lost coins but also jewelry. These could be things that were put into a bag which was knocked over or simply came off when the owner was wearing it. Imagine someone throwing a beach ball and their ring flying off, it is lost waiting for you to find it. Also too, when people go into water which is cold, loose rings can slide off because the fingers have shrunk due to the temperature.

The best time to go searching is as soon as the crowd has left for the day, as it is likely other metal detectors will be out scouting as well. Don't be put off by them though, get your headphones on and start scanning.

Often in front of a kiosk which was selling drinks, snacks and ice cream is a wonderful place to start. As people are opening and closing purses, coins fall out and get lost.

After a storm is also an excellent time to go detecting at the beach. This will have disturbed items which had been lodged possibly underwater and are now thrust into an area within your detecting zone.

If your detector is one which can be used underwater or in shallow water, schedule your visit for low tide. Items from the beach side often get lodged near rocks as the tide goes out.
If you are detecting in or near the water, always play it safe. Know your tide tables and don't get caught in an incoming tide.

Just as the rocks are good for trapping items from the beach, the opposite side is excellent for anything brought in on the tide. Working around rocks is a little trickier but it can be a splendid area to detect in. Watch out for crabs which like to hide in areas near these rocks.

Old wooden bench
Old wooden bench | Source

Detect for Metal under Seats and Benches

What happens if you are wearing trousers and you sit down? Sometimes coins fall out of your pockets. If you doubt this, go look in your sofa.

Under benches is a great place to look for coins. But remember, don't just look where there are "new benches" go and find old benches or even a place where benches use to be and have been removed. This is the place you will find older coins.

People also have rested against trees, had picnics on the grass look for these types of places as well.

Deserted Towns
Deserted Towns | Source

Metal detecting in deserted towns

Do you know of a deserted town? There are disused areas dotted around the country. Perhaps where businesses have closed down and left the town without any source of work. Old mining towns for example. Here would be a good place. Not only would you find old coins but other items of a bygone era.

Ask Your Grandparents
Ask Your Grandparents | Source

Speak to older people

Your grandparents are a wealth of information on where people use to congregate, where they sat for picnics and buildings that are no longer there. They will love telling you stories of how life used to be. Remember you have to be a bit of a detective to decide where to metal detect!

As one reader suggested, coins fell out under washing lines. Trousers were hung upside down and the coins would have fallen out unnoticed.

Exposed tree roots
Exposed tree roots | Source

Metal Detecting Near Trees

Think about how trees are used. They are used not only for climbing but also people use to lean up against them to rest. Here again, things could have fallen out of their pockets or bags and lodged themselves in the roots. If this was covered with grass, it is possible the owner would never have found it or even noticed it was missing until later in the day.

Kids often were climbing trees, hanging upside down. Articles or even coins could have dropped out.

If someone was hiding something, often near the base of a tree was a good place for them to remember its location. For whatever reason they may not have returned to collect it.

Besides coins, tree roots hold gold. Many years ago in northern California,gold was unearthed after a heavy rainstorm. It had been trapped in tree roots. Gold is where you find it, as they say and this time it was in under a tree.

Another good place to detect is near gates. As people climb over them, articles could have fallen out of their pockets or they could have used this as a marker to return to just like at the base of a tree.

Detect at crossroads

Old crossroads are a good place to look for treasure. Years ago when people were travelling on foot or horseback they may have needed to leave behind things. Perhaps they were saving them from being stolen or perhaps they didn't want the extra weight. For whatever reason, they would have needed a point of reference to return to. This was often where two roads met. A crossroad.

Of course the crossroads of today may not be the same as they were hundreds of years ago. This is where you have to become a bit of a detective again. By using old maps you can discover the roads of yesteryear. To find old maps, start at the library in their local history section.

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Farmland can hide treasure

Ask a farmer if you can detect on his land between plantings. If you offer him a 50-50 share of the finds, he would probably be more than pleased. When covering such a vast area, it is a good idea to use a grid pattern when covering the ground. You don't want to be scanning an area twice or missing any areas that could unearth a find.

Newstead Abbey
Newstead Abbey | Source

History and Metal Detecting

To the right is a drawing of Newstead Abbey in Nottinghamshire England. Near this abbey are underground passages that run outside the abbey grounds. Located within a close proximity was found one of the richest finds in England called the fishpool hoard.

Know your history and local area.

Warning sign
Warning sign
Black Widow Spider
Black Widow Spider | Source

Be careful of bugs that bite

If you are searching in an overgrown area, be it under trees, benches or any scrub land, watch for spiders, snakes and even scorpions. Using a metal detector first, may scare away snakes but not the spiders or scorpions.

It is a good idea to have gauntlet style gloves in you bag to wear for this type of location and also a stout pair of boots .

Unexploded bombs

Although not a potential problem in America, it does happen in Europe. Remnants of WWII , when bombers were depositing their payloads over England and most of Europe. These unstable bombs could explode if disturbed. If you do find one, contact the police and give its location. Don't try to dig it out!

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Have you tried metal detecting? 27 comments

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Jonathan Grimes 5 years ago from Devon

Interesting hub

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Blond Logic 4 years ago from Brazil Author

Thank you. I think this is a fabulous lifelong hobby. A person can learn so much from this. Patience is necessary but hopefully it will be rewarded.

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Lipnancy 4 years ago from Hamburg, New York

What an awesome hub doing one of my favorite things searching for treasures. Does not matter how big or how small the treasures are, it is the fun of the search.

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Blond Logic 4 years ago from Brazil Author

That is so true. I have found coins around the base of a tree in the house where I use to live. It was an old tree and I can just imagine people resting against the trunk or kids hanging upside down with coins dropping from their pockets. Their Mother calling them in for dinner and of course they forgot to collect the coins.

It is an enjoyable way to spend a day out in the fresh air.


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john000 4 years ago from Superior, Arizona

Your suggestion to ask granny about where people congregated and how they acted is great. I have found beaches are so scoured that you really need to time when you go to the beach to find things. However, I don't live in England, I live in the Southwest, USA, and I have found that searching near areas where people may have washed clothes 150 years ago is productive.

Of course, you need to do some research and find out if communities used to be near river and stream avenues you have found. Trails where riders passed frequently is another goodie. Yes, big shade trees are great, especially for coins. Stadium seats are good, too. Ghost towns can yield valuable stuff, but realize that many others have scoured before you. In the United States, our history (at least history of civilizations that used metals) is much shorter. The 19th century in the United States West is the big prize. Searching for places where folks congregated, for whatever reason, is what I discovered is best. Areas where prospectors continually tried to find their riches, communities near mining towns, CHURCHES, and all other places your COMMON sense lead you to are productive.

I can't think of a better way to spend the day, either. Hmmm... every time I hear about an old Celtic ruin newly discovered with gold amulets, chains, rings, maces?, or whatever, I wish I had the money to fly over. What a hoot! There is a great advantage to having thousands of years of fascinating history! Maybe, someday, this cowboy can get there. Thanks for the hub, it was good.:)

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Blond Logic 4 years ago from Brazil Author

Hi John000,

What a great idea about where people did washing.

I now live in rural Brazil and have seen people washing their clothes in small lagoons. I will add this to the places to look. You can just imagine that coins or whatever could have fallen out. Or near a swimming hole when they leave their clothes on the bank.

Something else to mention, in Britain they used to bury their rubbish and it is possible to find some wonderful old bottles. (not with the detector of course). That is a story for another hub!

Thank you for your wonderful comment. Have a great day.

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yourblingfinder 4 years ago

Wanted to say that is a great list you put together for new and experience people who like to Metal Detect. I would like to add as well that there is a site that is really great at finding hidden places in almost every city for people to go out and metal detect. They are able to locate old farm house or public venues that have been plowed under or just for gotten. Some of their locations are even date back before the 1900's. They do it for free as we.. Its called

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Blond Logic 4 years ago from Brazil Author

Hello Yourblingfinder,

Thank you for that, I am sure everyone will check out that site. The people I have met, who enjoy this hobby, are always eager to talk, explain and are very open. (Within reason), as long as no one tries to 'jump their claim'.

Great to hear from you.

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vibesites 3 years ago from United States

Wow, I think I'll do metal detecting on the beach -- now it's another reason for me to love the place aside from the usual swimming and tanning. Sounds exciting! Hehehehe. Voted up and useful, awesome.

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Blond Logic 3 years ago from Brazil Author

Hi Vibesites,

Thanks for the votes.

Metal detecting at the beach is perfect for multi-tasking. Tanning, swimming and discovering a fortune. LOL .

A day well spent, I'd say.

Thanks for stopping by.

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ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

Makes me wish I was at the beach right now metal detector in hand. Great tips for looking in other places besides the beach.

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Blond Logic 3 years ago from Brazil Author

Hi ocfireflies,

Well as the old saying goes, "Gold is where you find it." It could be in your back garden! Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment.

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Kevin Peter 3 years ago from Global Citizen

Nice hub. I used to detect for metals when I was young. The places that have more chances of finding metals are explained well in the hub. I have decided to try some of the methods mentioned. I will surely inform you if I find something. Thanks a lot.

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Blond Logic 3 years ago from Brazil Author

Hi Kevin,

I would love to hear if you find anything interesting and so would other readers. Often it isn't just about things for monetary gain, it is also interesting from a history point of view. Glad you enjoyed the hub, and I look forward to hearing from you again when you find your buried treasure. Thanks for stopping by.

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Ilona1 3 years ago from Ohio

Fascinating. I always wanted to use a metal detector.You give so many good ideas on where and how to look for "lost treasure".

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Blond Logic 3 years ago from Brazil Author

Hi Ilona,

Glad you enjoyed the page. Thanks for your comment.

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Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California

We live near Laguna Beach and often see people out with their metal detectors, especially right after a big holiday weekend. I'm sure they find lots of fun treasures!

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Blond Logic 3 years ago from Brazil Author

It is an exciting hobby, you never know what you'll find. Thanks for reading and commenting.

james 2 years ago

Great idea thanks I will go to the beach soon! Yay

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Blond Logic 2 years ago from Brazil Author

Hi James,

Good luck with your hunt, let us know what you find.

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LisaKeating 2 years ago

I love metal detecting but never really do it. Do you take your detector on a plane? The only time I am at the beach is on vacation. I have thought about using my detector around our local lake park, but I think I would mostly find trash. Thanks for the ideas here. I love treasure hunting but usually just stick to antique stores!

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Blond Logic 2 years ago from Brazil Author

Interesting question. No I have never taken it on a plane. If you do you will probably have to pay additional fees such as when people take golf clubs or surf boards. Plus if you are going to foreign shores, you will need to read up on the laws regarding metal detecting there and those sites may not be in English.

Finding trash is a problem when you are detecting. I keep a bag close by to take any I find away with me.

There is nothing wrong finding treasure in the antinque shops, garage sales and such. There is an old saying, "gold is where you find it".

Thanks for reading, I am glad you found it interesting. Wherever you go, happy hunting.

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imtii 2 years ago from Dhaka, Bangladesh

Blond Logic nice articles you written. I really liked this one. I will take metal detector with me when going to the beach and going to a visit to the Farmlands :) thank you

Tristan30404 2 years ago

I find this site very helpful and would like to thank you for your advice ut should help me when i go to beaches

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Blond Logic 2 years ago from Brazil Author

Hi Tristan,

Hopefully you will find something both interesting and valuable.

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Kristen Howe 24 months ago from Northeast Ohio

Real interesting to know about metal detecting and the hidden dangers from it. Thanks for sharing. It sounds like fun. Voted up!

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Blond Logic 24 months ago from Brazil Author

It is an interesting hobby, plus you're out there in the fresh air getting exercise. All of that and the chance at finding something valuable.

Glad you enjoyed the hub, thanks for the vote.

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