I can only speak of TN and below is a cut from the text that is available under the \"State Ginseng Laws\" section of wildgrown.com website for Tennessee.
? No license is required to dig wild ginseng on private land in Tennessee, but the landowner?s permission must be obtained.
? A permit is required to collect ginseng in Cherokee National Forest, which can be contacted at
(423) 476-9700 or via mail:
2800 Ocoee Street N.
Cleveland, TN 37312
Good Luck at finding some places to hunt Ginseng.
Getting out into the country and talking to some land owners would be a good start. Most private land owners want to know you and trust you before they will let you hunt on their property. Can't blame them for that.
If you have friends or family that own some decent timberland that would be your best bet. You might also check with hunting clubs and timber companies to see if any of them in your area will allow you to hunt ginseng on their property or leases.