Metal Detecting Locations

Metal Detecting Locations


Where can I metal detect?

Want to know some metal detecting locations?  We would all like to know of some places to metal detect.   Here we will give you some tips and ideas on where you can metal detect.  Before ever metal detecting on public land, make sure you know your local and state metal detecting laws.  Metal detecting on private property should ONLY be done with the property owners permission first.  Whether you are metal detecting on public land or private property you should always follow and understand the metal detecting code of ethics.

The following list should only be used to give you some ideas of where you may be able to metal detect.  This does NOT give you permission to metal detect the location on this list.  If it is a public property, it is your responsibility to find out if a certain location allows or prohibits metal detecting.   If it is private property, it is your responsibility to get permission prior to metal detecting.  If you trespass or metal detect in illegal locations you can be subject to prosecution.


Potential Places to Metal Detect

Your Front and Backyard
Your Family Members Front and Backyards
Curb Strips and Sidewalks
Local Parks
Dog Parks
Picnic Areas
Playgrounds
Beaches
Swimming Areas
Sporting Complexes and Grounds
Churches
Schools
Stores
Farmers Market Sites
Parking Lots
Construction & Demolition Sites
Farms and Fields
Old Homes
Old Foundation Sites or Cellar Holes
Old Stone Walls
Fence Lines
Camp Sites
Hiking Trails and Paths
Festivals / Fairs / Carnival sites
Resorts
Ski Resorts
Sled Riding Hills


Your Front and Back Yard

One of the best places to start metal detecting is in your own yard.  This is a great time to get familiar with the age and the history of your house and property.  Research your area.  Find out how old your house is compared to the neighboring houses.   Look at old maps and see what once existed in the area before your house was there.  You never know what you may find in your yard.

Another great thing about having your own yard is that you can throw down or bury some targets to test your metal detector any time.   I will test any newly purchase metal detector by placing targets such as a nail, pull tab, bottle cap, penny, nickel, dime, quarter, silver ring, and a gold ring on the ground and scan each one.   I will also bury some of these same targets to test the detector as well.


Your Family Members Front and Back Yards

Next best place to metal detect after your own yard would be your family member’s yard.   Family members will seldom turn you down for metal detecting their property.  Research the area.  Get to know the age of their property and surrounding properties.   Look at old maps and see once existed in that area.  Remember to respect your family member and their property by filling in all holes.  If you don’t, you may not be allowed back to metal detect there again.


Curb Stips and Sidewalks


Local Parks

Some parks will allow metal detecting, and some by permit only.  Some may not allow metal detecting at all.  Look for signs at the park to see if any rules are posted regarding metal detecting.  If there are no signs prohibiting metal detecting, don’t assume that you can metal detect here.  You should research who owns the park.  Public parks can be owned by a village, town, county, city, state or federal government.  Some public parks can even be privately owned and just open to the public.  Once you find out who owns the park, you will need to find out if they allow metal detecting by contacting the local village, town, county, or city clerk’s office.

New York State Parks with historic sites are off limits to metal detecting.  There are some New York State Parks that will allow metal detecting.  These state parks that allow metal detecting will most likely be by permit only and they will only allow metal detecting in designated areas.  Visit the following link for more information:

https://parks.ny.gov/inside-our-agency/documents/Permits/MetalDetectorApplicationAndPermit.pdf

New York State Forest Land is off limits to metal detecting.

New York City Parks require a permit to metal detect.  Visit the following link for more information:

https://www.nycgovparks.org/permits/metal-detector


Dog Parks


Picnic Areas


Playgrounds


Beaches

Some beaches may allow metal detecting and some by permit only.  Some may not allow metal detecting at all.  Look for signs at the beach to see if there are any rules posted regarding metal detecting.  If there are no signs prohibiting metal detecting, don’t assume that you can metal detect here.  You should research who owns the beach.  Public beaches can be owned by a village, town, county, city, state or federal government.  Some public beaches can even be privately owned and just open to the public.  Once you find out who owns the beach, you will need to find out if they allow metal detecting by contacting the local village, town, county, or city clerk’s office.


Swimming Areas


Sporting Complexes and Grounds


Churches


Schools


Stores


Farmers Market Sites


Parking Lots


Construction and Demolition Sites


Farms and Fields


Old Homes


Old Foundation Sites or Cellar Holes


Old Stone Walls


Fence Lines


Camp Sites


Hiking Trails and Paths


Festivals / Fairs / Carnival Sites


Resorts


Ski Resorts


Sled Riding Hills


Anyone who would like to add to our list of locations, please contact us.