Midland, North Carolina: Reed Gold Mine

First documented commercial gold find in the US in 1799 (discovered accidentally). Self-guided tour of the old mine tunnels and trail, pan for gold.
Address:
9621 Reed Mine Rd, Midland, NC
Directions:
NW of Locust between Hwy 200 and Hwy 24 off Reed Mine Rd
Hours:
Tu-Sa 9 am-5 pm, closed Su-M. (Call to verify)
Phone:
704-721-4653
Admission:
Free. Charge for gold panning.
RA Rates:
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Reed Gold Mine

Reed Gold Mine is a nice spot to stretch your legs, hike a bit, and learn a bit of history. The visitor center/ museum is terrific.

[Shannon Entin, 06/29/2012]

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Reed Gold Mine

This is the location of the first documented commercial gold find in the US. I loved everything about this place. The workers were extremely friendly, the museum was educational and fun. You could tour the caverns and trails with a trusty map as your guide, and best of all, it was free. After you were done exploring, you could pay 2 dollars and get a pan of dirt where a very authentic man (overalls, bushy mountain man beard, drinking tea from a mason jar), showed us how to pan for gold.

[Danielle, 10/02/2011]

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