Clark Hill Quarries East Hampton , CT

Clark Hill Quarries are composed off two (maybe three) different quarries (State Forest Quarry #1 and Nathan Hall Quarry: Warren Anderson has entered a good description of these quarries under the Discussion pages:
A comment I had read from the from the Boston Club said they had found their niciest specimens at the Clark Hill Quarries over the past couple of years. Clark Hill contains 2 quarries State Forest #1 and the Nathan Hall Quarry -they are about 1,000 feet apart, also a new digging area was uncovered within 500 ft. Gem quality beryl, nice garnets , fluorapatite and many other minerals can be found. Quarry #1 also has many phosphate minerals.

Mindat.org mineral listings for the two quarries:
Nathan Hall Quarry
Albite
Almandine
Annite
Autunite
Beryl
Columbite-(Fe)
Fluorapatite
Foitite ?
Meta-autunite
Metatorbernite
Microcline
Monazite-(Ce)
Muscovite
Opal
var: Opal-AN
Quartz
var: Ferruginous Quartz
var: Rose Quartz
var: Smoky Quartz
Schorl
Spessartine
Staurolite
Torbernite
Uraninite
Uranophane
Yttrocolumbite-(Y) ?
Zircon

See http://www.mindat.org/loc-9660.html and http://www.mindat.org/loc-29586.html for more detailed descriptions of the two quarries.

This trip pending approval for permit to collect submitted to CT Geol Survey. 

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  • Danielle D.

    That was fun! I wish it wasn't so humid! I am still looking for the Beryl I found and lost... I cleaned my rocks and will post some photos when they dry!

    July 22, 2013

  • Lisa

    Jill, please e-mail me copies of those picture's. I can't believe that I forgot to take any this time...lol Not to mention my phone dying, think all that crystal energy drained it :) Anyone else who wants to share their picts from today feel free. I have some from Newry, Case & Mt Marie that I will upload a little later. Thanks to everyone who came, company makes the hounding more exciting!

    July 20, 2013

  • Lisa

    Hazy - Hot - Humid, but well worth it. Smaller group was awsome, great conversations & hounding. We all Rock! The yellow beryl I found was added frosting on the cake of a day we had.

    July 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My daughter got sick last night, every time I go to go seems like something happens! sorry...

    July 20, 2013

  • Danielle D.

    I want to go pending extreme heat. I am a super pale red head who gets overheated easily...Hope it rains....

    July 18, 2013

    • Danielle D.

      Oh yes Jill, I have an Arsenal of sun protection in a utility belt. I'm glad from the pictures there is some shade...

      July 19, 2013

    • Danielle D.

      I have a sunbrella! Its silver and keeps me cool!

      July 19, 2013

  • Christian B.

    I am coming (very excited). My wife cannot make it.

    July 19, 2013

  • Jill Perzley C.

    We will meet on Clark Road at the entrance into the Meshomasic State Forest on Woodchoppers Road . Directions from CT Geolog. Survey are brief:
    Clark Hill Quarries are located to the north of Woodchoppers Road off Clark Hill Road.
    Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 41° 35' 38'' North , 72° 32' 24'' West

    Looking at the map in mindat, it is clear where the intersection of Clark Hill and Woodchoppers Roads occur...but no indication of where the trailhead entrance on the north side of Woodchoppers Road is. My cell:[masked] 6395. Send texts from each attendee to that number so we stay connected. Thank you.

    July 19, 2013

  • Jill Perzley C.

    Someone remind me to take pictures of the group...I forget because i'm always anxious to start looking for goodies right away...I immediately remember that I forgot to take a group and son ite pics en route home...

    July 15, 2013

    • Lisa

      Lol Jill, I try to take some too but I have the same problem. I did take some site picts of Mt Marie. I was looking for you at end of trip but didn't see you leave. Wait till you see some of the goodies I found on the road. One is a 2"x2 1/2" aqua.

      July 15, 2013

    • Jill Perzley C.

      I kept doggedly hanging out in the beryl pit most of the day...but Tom had swedpt through anx picked up all the juicy stuff in the first hour....did find some nice samples, thougfh. Would love to go back to see more of the other pits. am going to put up a tentativce day for a return trip and see if we can get sufficient numbers to engage Main Mineral Ad. to take us .

      July 19, 2013

  • Douglas P.

    Hi Jill! Serendipity is my friend. It is a pleasure meeting you and some other hounds SAT at Mt. Marie. I recognized my type of lunatic when I found people shedding blood, sweat and cheers under a hot summer sun, crawling around in rocks and dirt all for the chance to discover the beautiful and become inspired with it. The talented, engaging and interesting group I met well represents your membership. So I'm in if you'll have me :) See you SAT in CT. What to bring? Weather maestros say there'll be free H2O and electricity. What more to ask for?

    July 18, 2013

    • Lisa

      Ha ha...nope guess again. There was someone else from RI ??? I didn't see someone I should have seen before, the casualties of living in the smallest state in the union. We were in the silver jeep. But I do remember that alarm sound, and I did pick & eat a few of those sweet blues. So we will see you on Sat.

      July 18, 2013

    • Jill Perzley C.

      The showers will clean you off. and electricity jazz you up. However, the chance of showers is about 30% last I checked, so no sustained downpours...it should be easily tolerated. I wouldn't bring Anya if I thought the weather would be a factor in her general wellbning..

      July 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am deathly afraid of snakes....has there been a lot of sightings there? Have an 11 year old and a baby St. Bernard to look out for too... Anyone have experiences or just a general warning? Also since we are new to this what kind of tools would you recommend?

    July 18, 2013

    • Lisa

      Hi Heidi, the snake comment was a general warning given by the CT Dept of Environmental Protection. It is protected because it is an endangered species. Because of bounties place on them year's ago, people hunted them to near extinction. They say if the snakes detect you they will quickly slither away. But snakes are found in the woods along with my nemesis spiders. So it was just a heads up. I have not heard of anyone being bitten around New England. Hope this easies your fears. Also walking with a stick/pole and contacting the ground gives them warning to get away.

      1 · July 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you so much, makes me feel better for sure.

      July 19, 2013

  • Lisa

    Hi everyone, Here is a link from the SEMMC Club with some pictures from the quarry and some of their finds. This site is mostly pegmatite minerals.
    http://semmc.com/fieldtrip_photos.html
    Also when you go to Mindat for the 2 locations - Click on Photos, then Click Mineral Photos.
    It will display what has been found at those location(s).
    http://www.mindat.org/loc-29586.html
    http://www.mindat.org/loc-9660.html
    Be aware that CT has a "State Protected Timber Rattle Snake" Please don't go sticking your hand's in areas you haven't checked out good & watch where you step.
    This is a link to CT Dept of Environmental Protection detailing the above snake.
    http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?a=2723&q=325788

    July 18, 2013

  • Jill Perzley C.

    For those who have visited Clark Hill Quarries in the past, can you put in brief mention of the most abundant minerals you found, to give others a quick leg up on what to look for.

    July 17, 2013

  • Warren A.

    Jill, you should also bring a big yellow envelope so you can collect money for the dues and write the names on it as collected. It is a good reminder when one sees the envelope. I wanted to pay you but didn't know where you were by the end of the day. It was to rushed at the beginning paying for the adventure group and then caravanning right after.

    July 15, 2013

    • Jill Perzley C.

      Warren,\

      July 17, 2013

    • Jill Perzley C.

      You are spot on. I realized after Mt. Marie, that I no longer could remember who had paid dues. I will bring clipboard with envelope and listing sheet for dues paid, as well as thre meetup site's primary mineral list with pictures from that site as available. The final sheet will say in bright purple letters "TAKE PICTTURES OF ROCKHOUNDS< NOT JUST ROCKS."

      July 17, 2013

  • Jill Perzley C.

    Answer to several of your questions:
    1. dog friendly. I specifically asked when applying for permit.
    2. Date is set in rock. Date and group are assigned by permit.
    3. I haven't researched campgrounds. I will be driving up and back same day. Have room in car for anyone needing transport.

    July 13, 2013

  • Lisa

    Should be dog friendly it's a state forest. Jill usually brings her dog. Jill will know for sure.

    July 13, 2013

  • michael971

    Yes. It's a short walk on a good trail from the parking area

    July 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would love to go with my husband and daughter. Is this a dog friendly location?

    July 13, 2013

  • Lisa

    We probably shouldn't go (sush...moms 83 B-Day on 20th) but we are. Will do something special for her on Sun or Sat night. Can't wait. See you there.

    July 9, 2013

  • Christian B.

    My first trip as a New England Rockhound Member. My guest (wife) is only a maybe.

    July 7, 2013

  • Jill Perzley C.

    Some good press about finds at the Clark Hill Quarries from http://www.lmscc.org/clark_hill.htm:

    ..these quarries are quite productive! many fine examples of simple pegmatite minerals..sharp muscovite crystals are very common...large, dark almandine garnets although fairly rare, are awesome. Beryl is uncommon, but crystals can be large, gemmy, and terminated yellow, green, aqua..Zircon, uranium minerals (beautiful autunite and torbernite halos around altered uraninite), and fluorapatite.... Albite is abundant...Microcline occurs as small pocket crystals and large matrix crystals. ...much schorl tourmaline altered to muscovite...interesting tapered pseudomorphs occur. Very nice pocket smoky quartz... massive quartz, enclosing sharp micas and matrix microclines abundant, good crystals are usually pocket micros...tiny columbites common, large ones very rare but phenomenal! these quarries full of surprises

    July 4, 2013

  • Pamela

    Is this the true date for CT mine trip?

    July 1, 2013

    • Jill Perzley C.

      This is the true date specified by CT Geol permit.

      July 4, 2013

  • Jill Perzley C.

    We have approval for this quarry from CT Geological Survey and it has far better press as far as the mineral availability than the Case Quarry did. So this trip is a go.

    July 4, 2013

  • Jill Perzley C.

    Reservations confirmed and permit issued by CT GEOL SURVEY. So this trip is a go!

    June 21, 2013

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