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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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Great Attraction - and Free!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 15, 2015
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Mint Hill, North Carolina
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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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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

good museum, great walk through the woods and the mine. we found gold! Fun panning, with guides who have done it many times before.

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Charlotte, NC, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Here's a hot summer's afternoon activity, whether you're visiting the Charlotte area for a race or you live in the Piedmont area of NC: Throw the kids in the car and drive back to the late 1700's where you'll discover the first documented gold find in the United States. It's a quiet drive over country roads, taking you to a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

This year in lieu of the mountains or beach for spring break, we choose local North Carolina attractions. This was our first trip to Reed Gold Mine (16, 10 and 4 year olds) and even with the range in ages, everyone enjoyed their time here. It was interesting and historical. Adminission is free, but there is a nominal fee to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

Great day with the family. Kids and adults both will enjoy. Admission is free and panning for gold was three dollars per person.

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Boone
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

This a good family trip the mine tour is fun and kids love going through the mine.You can pan for gold hike the creek and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere.

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Mint Hill, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

The Reed Gold Mine itself is only a part of this trip. We started by going through the visitors center. The exit on the side leads to a path which crosses a small wooden bridge which takes you to the cave entrance. There are several shafts inside the cave. The temperature inside is probably 20 degrees cooler than the outside.... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Notable for being the site of the first US gold rush. Visitor center with an introductory video and exhibits then an out-door self-guided (or can take a tour depending on your timing) tour of the site--placer river and pits, a walk through the adits of the underground (very well done and not a usual museum feature), and through a mill.... More 

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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

A very pleasant 30 to 40 min. drive from Charlotte. This is truly a hidden gem. The gentlemen working at the visitor center when you first arrive were very friendly and engaging. We went on a very educational and informative tour of the underground mining shaft. Then we enjoyed a nice short hike through the trail on the grounds. This... More 

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Alton, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

The 1st gold found in the US was in this Gold Mine. It was a 17 pounder!!!!! Followed by a 28-lb. nugget. Panning for gold is offered April 1-October 31at a minimal cost. Walk thru an underground tunnel and experience what mining was about in the 1800's.

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Additional Information about Reed Gold Mine State Historic Site

Address: Address: 9621 Reed Mine Rd., Locust, NC
Phone Number: 704/721-4653
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Locust
Open Hours:
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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