Reed Gold Mine

Gold Mining – Industry – A National Historic Landmark

Reed Gold Mine is the site of the first documented gold find in the United States. From this discovery, gold mining spread gradually to nearby counties and eventually into other southern states. During its peak years gold mining was second only to farming in the number of North Carolinians it employed. The estimated value of gold recovered reached over one million dollars a year. North Carolina led the nation in gold production until 1848, when it was eclipsed by the great rush to California. Continued

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Reed Gold Mine

Upcoming Events

  • October 31:
    Last Day for Gold Panning

    Friday, 9 am - 4 pm
    This is your last chance to "strike it rich" for a while, as our gold panning season comes to an end at 4 pm. The fee is only $3 per pan, and we won't resume our panning operation until April, so drop by, relax, and test your luck before the water gets too cold!


  • November 11:
    Site Closed

    We will be closed in observance of Veteran's Day (state holiday) on Tuesday, November 11th, reopening Wednesday, November 12th on our regular schedule. "Thank You" to all veterans for your service.


  • December 6:
    A Golden Chistmas

    Saturday, 9 am - 5 pm
    Reed Gold Mine presents, "A Golden Christmas" with music, special underground guided tours, food, and seasonal demonstrators.


Reed Gold Mine Information

Contact Us

Reed Gold Mine
9621 Reed Mine Rd.
Midland, N.C. 28107
Phone: (704) 721-GOLD (4653)
Fax: (704) 721-4657
Email: reed@ncdcr.gov

Hours of Operation

Tuesday - Saturday--9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Closed Sundays, Mondays, and most major holidays.

Admission Fee

No fee is charged for admission or tours of the mine. Gold panning is available 9 am to 4 pm from April 1 through October 31, weather permitting. The fee is $3 per pan. A group rate of $2 per pan is available, call for details.


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