First do the research to find out where relics may be found, then find out who owns the place and ask them. Be sure to get signed permission, too, it keeps down complications, and if they're gracious enough to let you hunt, be sure to clean up after yourself.
You might ask Edith Price from Aistrop Hollow. It's said that the Union forces camped in the field across from the old Tumbling Creek Church, there next to where Aistrop Hollow meets the main road... I've heard of some sort of battle being fought near Brumley Gap, and apparently some action was seen around the Tumbling, Carr's, and Counts Coves.
The thief who nicked the Union payroll supposedly managed to tell that he hid the loot where "you could see a bald mountain raise up where two ridges come to a V"...Locals supposedly found him dying from a bullet wound somewhere around where Jim and Tiny Henderson once lived--I'm not sure of the place.
Swift may have had to abandon silver in the area, but then he seems to have buried treasure like squirrels bury nuts---just all over the place.
Someone once found a metal "strongbox" beneath a big rock in Tumbling Creek, but they couldn't dig it out...
A young slave hid the family valuables where "you could look in the door of the old Tumbling Creek schoolhouse (once the CH Johnson property?) and see the fire in the stove". He was accidently killed before he could get back to tell where he buried it. The Yankees didn't get it, but neither did the family who asked him to hide it..
The "Smith Treasure" is supposedly buried in or near the vicinity of a Harmon's Cave which is supposedly near Allison's Gap, or down on the river.
Two deserters apparently caches their army supplies and stolen goods in a cave near a cliff, and then somehow became permanently separated from them.'Seems like a pine tree and a thunderstorm were involved somehow...
Doncha' just love old treasure tales and old ghost stories?