One of the more popular places people go metal detecting are local parks. Parks a great location as there is a high volume of people going through the park, as well as utilizing the park for many different reasons.
Let’s face it though, with the popularity of metal detecting growing and with parks being a prime locations to metal detect it comes at no surprise that if you want to find the good targets you have to be smart about the way you hunt.
Parks are usually quite large areas, and within the park there are, just like at the beach hot spots where there is a higher concentration of and higher probability for good targets.
Ultimately you want to hunt the entire park, because all spots where people have been have good potential. However, these “Hot Spots” are the places you should focus on metal detecting first before you get beat to them.
Tot Lots/Jungle Gyms
These areas are usually heavily used and are usually set in either sand, wood chips or small stones.
Jungle gym areas especially by the swings are a great place to find rings, coins, bracelets and other good targets.
It is best to metal detect these in the early morning before anybody gets to the park, as you don’t want to make parents uncomfortable or interfere with the kids trying to use the equipment/area for what is is meant for.
This park hot spot very often produces great finds, and because the tot lots are usually set in sand, stones or wood chips it makes recovering targets a lot easier than digging into hard packed ground.
Basketball Courts are another great area for metal detecting around especially at either end near the basketball nets.
In this hot spot people who are playing and even watching the basketball game pile their belongings on the side lines. These belongings include purses, backpacks, coats, wallets, and other such items.
When the people pick up their belongings it isn’t uncommon for good targets such as jewelry and coins to slip out of pockets or out of purses.
Usually the targets you will find around basket courts include rings, chains, coins, earrings etc.
Sports Fields (Soccer/Football/Baseball)
These are great hot spots for metal detecting different types of targets. In these areas you want to focus on areas like the side lines, the goal zones, bleacher areas, areas that look worn where spectators sit.
Obviously you would want to hit the actual field play zone as well as you can sometimes pull up some nice coins, and even some gold rings.
These areas are really a surprise zone as you never know what you’re going to get, however the most common targets found in the sports field zones are rings, bracelets, coins, and glasses.
The downside to these types of areas are the bottle tops, metal foil and foil type wrappers that can litter the ground. I would recommend throwing on a smaller coil if you have one in these areas.
Under and Around Shaded Areas
Parks will usually have areas that have huge trees that offer shade, statues, monuments or other bigger type objects that people can go under for shade.
During the hot summer days when the park is at its busiest people look for shade areas to get out of the sweltering heat. These areas are used to hang out or play in until the day begins to cool off.
These areas are great for metal detecting things like coins, glasses, and even some occasional jewelry.
Parking Lot/Entrance Grassy Areas
The parking lot areas as well as any lane ways that mark the popular entrances/exits of the park are a great area for finding a ton of coins.
People who are going to the park or leaving the park will reach into their pockets for keys or their phone and can drop change out of their pockets without knowing.
This is also true of any jewelry they have placed in their pockets for safe keeping.
This area can be a bit higher on trash but you will often be rewarded with enough good targets to make up for all of the trash ones you dig.
One of the most popular activities at a park is picnicking. Parks will most often have an area that is designated for eating.
These areas will usually have picnic benches, charcoal bbqs, pavilions, or gazebos. There are also areas of the park that are popular for people to throw a blanket down and eat as well.
These areas offer up an array of different types of targets that can be found. Unfortunately while this hot spot is great for finding good targets, it is also one of the most trashy areas of the park and therefore this is one of the later hot spots I detect.
There are many people who take to the pathways or trails to jog, ride bikes, walk, skateboard and any number of other activities.
The grassy strips I would say roughly 2-3 feet on each side of the path or trail are a great place to find things that have fallen out of pockets, backpacks and bike bags such as coins, jewelry, phones, glasses etc.
Older Areas of Park
Depending on the age of the park you’re metal detecting in there could have been some kind of attraction point or hot spot when the park was first built that is no longer in existence today.
If you want to stay ahead of the pack then researching the parks and the activities and attractions it once offered can really help you to find areas of the park that were hot spots back in the day but are now areas you would never think would produce good targets.
These areas are often where you’ll find the really old and deep coins and even some jewelry depending on what type of hot spot it used to be.
Metal Detecting Park Video
The above video shows some park detecting and the types of targets you can find in the above listed hot spots.
Parks are a great place to go metal detecting, and can be very productive in the “Hot Spots”. The best way to figure out where in these hot spots to detect first is to do some research.
Go to the park or parks you are interested in metal detecting and just walk around looking at what people are doing, where they are hanging out and where they tend to leave their belongings when they are eating, or sitting on the sidelines of sports field.
Once you know where the hot zones of the hot spots are you can hit those areas and maximize your chances of pulling out some great targets before you are beat to them.
Good luck on your next metal detecting hunt.