Reed Gold Mine

Visit Reed Gold Mine

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.

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Location and Hours

Reed Gold Mine

9621 Reed Mine Rd.
Midland, N.C. 28107


Tuesday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Closed Sunday, Monday, and most major holidays
Admission is free, Fee for underground guided tours

Gold Panning Fees
Panning is available Tuesday through Saturday only between March and November 30. Tickets are $3.00 plus tax for ages 8+.
Panning will not be available during periods of moderate to heavy rain or if thunder or lightning are detected. If thunder is detected, panning will close for 30 minutes. Staff will then reassess conditions. Panning may remain open during periods of light rain, pending staff approval. Panning will close whenever the heat index reaches above 103 degrees for the safety of staff and visitors.

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