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Reed Gold Mine State Historic Site

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Address: 9621 Reed Mine Rd., Locust, NC
Phone Number: 704/721-4653
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This place is a gold mine... literally! :)

Okay, aside from my "punny" title, Reed Gold Mine State Historic Site is a great place to spend an hour or two especially on days with good weather. I'd been planning to visit... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 20, 2015
Dez P
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Fayetteville, North Carolina
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Naperville, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Traveled here from Charlotte with family (kids 11, 9, 7). Nice place to walk around. Inside was dated and not very engaging for the kids. Video was very old. The mine was fun to walk through although would have benefitted from more signs of what we were looking at, or a tour guide.The woods were fun to explore, but bumps... More 

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Fayetteville, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Okay, aside from my "punny" title, Reed Gold Mine State Historic Site is a great place to spend an hour or two especially on days with good weather. I'd been planning to visit since last summer, and I'm glad I did. The staff is very enthusiastic and friendly, and they're well able to answer your questions. When you arrive, you... More 

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Saluda, North Carolina, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Staff was very nice, the mine is state owned and kept in good repair. The trails are clear and maintained, the signs make the self guided tour interesting. Being able to go into the mine itself was rewarding. Wish people could actually grab a pan of dirt from the creek bed themselves and swish it around in a pan instead... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Interesting NC/financial impact history here! Trip does not require a lot of time, which I appreciate. Panning for gold was fun, especially since my children found some in their pans. This makes a nice tandem trip/trips planned close together in time, with the Mint Museum of Art on Randolph as the two are intertwined. Interesting to see the mines, guides... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

While it could use some updating (there are plans in the works!) it's a fun experience and great for kids and adults alike. A short video and small museum give some context and the tour of the mine itself is free. If you pay $3 to pan for gold, you get the full experience and several people walked away with... More 

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North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Can't beat Reed Gold Mine for an educational and fun outing that all ages will enjoy - and it's FREE! Nothing fancy here - which makes it all more real and relatable. Use your imagination as you self tour the mines and surrounding trails. Only $3 to pan for gold if you like. However, I would strongly encourage the site... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

This well run gold mining site and museum is just fantastic for a day trip. The 22 minute film of NC Gold Rush was a must see as well as the well laid out self guided tour which includes going underground and seeing the mine shafts. We went on a week day and the place was not over whelmed with... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

We took a group of 12 people to visit the mine. Most were from out of town visiting Charlotte and we were looking for a group activity that would be of interest for people from age 2 to 65. It is a nice half day trip from Charlotte and back. The film at the museum was dated and melodramatic, but... More 

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Savannah, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Free tours for self guided and formal tour guide. Small museum, but the real fun is the inside of the mine. If you are looking to beat the heat, the mine is very cool. Nice break from the heat. Panning for gold was fun. You may get a little dirty and may not find gold in the end, but great... More 

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Mint Hill, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Visited the Reed Gold Mine historic site. Really interesting, hands-on experience where the events actually happened. In addition to the free stuff, you can pay to pan for gold and keep what you find. I found it a great alternative to glity museums and other attractions. Great for families and anyone with an interest in history.

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