• Reed Gold Mine - Midland, North Carolina

      Reed Gold Mine
      Photo by Kimberly Goza
      Half a century before the gold rush in California, the first gold rush in the nation occurred in North Carolina. On the spot where a child found a 17 pound nugget in 1799, you can tour an abandoned mine and interpretative museum with some fascinating exhibits including gold mining equipment. But best of all, you can try your hand at panning for gold yourself, sifting through soil taken from the very creek where the gold rush started. Guides are on hand to give you tips and proper panning techniques and identify gold when you find it, which you have about a one in seven chance of doing.

      If you go:
      Open Tuesday to Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Sunday, Monday, and most major holidays. Admission is free, but pans of soil for gold panning are three dollars each.


      9621 Reed Mine Road
      Midland, North Carolina 28107 USA

      Mailing address:
      NC Historic Sites
      4620 Mail Service Center
      Raleigh, N.C. 27699 USA

      Phone Numbers:

      Reed Gold Mine
      +1 (704) 721-4653

      NC Historic Sites
      +1 (919) 14-7150