Parks are very popular places to hunt for treasure with metal detectors. But, if you just walk onto the grass and start swinging, you could be missing some valuable finds. Starting with the places that offer the best chances of finding items will make your hunt more profitable and exciting. Here’s a list of where you should start your searches in your local parks.

Playgrounds and Parks

Not to be confused with local state parks (see below), public playgrounds and parks are the perfect detecting spots for treasure hunters. The sandy or bark-filled areas that are homes to the play structures are excellent areas to concentrate on. Parents are often pushing their kids on swings or helping them manage the monkey bars and not paying attention to what they might be dropping as they play. See more on how metal detectors can make you a successful park hunter.

Baseball Fields

You never know what you might find in the outfield! There have been some amazing finds on baseball fields that didn’t seem to belong there at all. Also check out areas around the dugouts and if there are bleachers definitely search under them – it’s a prime spot to find lost items.

Picnic Areas

Any spots where people have congregated make good hunting sites. So, if you know where people throw down blankets to picnic, those are good areas to look at. Since these have the potential to be larger areas, be sure that you use a grid pattern to search. You don’t want to miss anything.

Basketball Court Perimeters

Search the dirt or grass around basketball courts. Players often empty their pockets before they go on the court to play, and people watching and cheering them on often do so from around the edges of the court.

Ramadas and Gazebos

Obviously, these are more places that people have gathered making them great places to swing your detector. They may be littered with aluminum cans and pull tabs, but they are still worth searching.

Around Trees

Shady spots in the park are high real estate, especially during the summer months. So, you know that people have hung out under the trees. Always search under and around the larger tress in the park, you may have some difficulty with the mess of roots, but you may find something great.


You’ve probably seen kids (and maybe adults) roll down grassy hillsides. Who knows what may have liberated itself from their pockets? If your park has hillsides, check them carefully. Again, you will want to use a grid pattern on these larger areas.

Grassy or Dirt Areas in Parking Lots

There are often patches of grass or dirt curbed off in the parking lots of parks. Searching these areas may prove valuable as they are less likely to have been hunted by other detectorists. Plus, they are the areas where people are most likely to have been digging in their pockets for their car keys.


Keep in mind that the areas where you don’t have any luck in one park may turn out to be a hotbed of treasure in another. There is no way to know what you are going to find and where. But when you search the areas that have been most populated, your chances for digging up interesting and valuable finds are much greater.


P.S. Remember to check our infographic on metal detecting in state parks, and always ask for permission before hunting!