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Reed Gold Mine

(704) 721-4653 (Main)
(704) 721-4653 (Alt.)
(704) 721-4657 (Fax)
9621 Reed Mine Road
Midland, NC 28107

The first documented discovery of gold in the United States happened right here in Cabarrus County when 12-year-old Conrad Reed discovered a 17-pound gold nugget in Little Meadow Creek. After using it as a doorstop for three years, Conrad’s father John Reed sold the nugget for $3.50 to a jeweler in Fayetteville without realizing its value. Upon his return, he and three friends began searching the creek bed for gold, effectively starting the nation’s first gold rush, about 50 years before the one in California. The original mint building was established in Charlotte and now houses the Mint Museum of Art. 

Today, Reed Gold Mine is a state historic site and the only underground gold mine in North Carolina open to the public. Visitors can experience the mine’s history by panning for gold (April-October), exploring restored portions of underground tunnels as part of a guided tour and viewing exhibits of gold and historic mining equipment. Walking trails are also available onsite. Admission is free; panning is $2 per pan.

  • Max Tour Size - Call for availability
  • Specials - From April 1-October 31, visitors can try their hand at panning. Guides are available to teach you the proper way to pan for gold. Panning is the only fee at Reed, at $3 per pan of dirt. Additionally, visitors can take advantage of 1.5 miles of walking trails, a film, and the museum located in the Visitors’ Center. A teacher’s resource guide is available for school groups. Call today to make reservations for groups of 10 or more. Groups with an advanced reservation receive a discounted price of $2 per pan for the panning area, and set times for the guided underground tour. For more information about Reed Gold Mine email us at reed@ncdcr.gov or give us a call at 704-721-4653 We are open Tues.-Sat. 9 am-5 pm all year.
  • Tour Length - 1-3 hours

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