Little Bird Creek, a tributary of the James River, is a good place to pan for gold in Virginia. There are many other places to pan for gold, especially east of Charlottesville and northeast of Goochland. Look north and south of Community House Road and west of Lowry Road.
Additional places to pan for gold in Virginia include locations near Alexandria, Appomattox, Fredericksburg, Manassas, Quantico, Vienna and Washington, D.C. The State of Virginia's geological records include more than 200 gold mines in the state, as well as locations known for panning and prospecting. Maps of gold panning sites are available from GoldMaps.com.