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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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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Tue - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Interesting local attraction

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 14, 2015
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79 reviews 79 reviews
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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 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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Locust, Nc
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Interesting self guided walking tour of one of America's first gold mines. We live close by, had wanted to see it fora while.

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Midland, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is one of the best historic sites in the country. There is an excellent museum on site and you can actually walk through the original mine shaft. You see the actually see some of the original mine shaft. It is unbelievable they people in those days would go in to such small shafts on their stomachs.

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Queensland, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

We had to do a bit of web surfing to find this place (looking for where gold was first discovered in USA) but were pleased to find that it is not only a short drive out of Charlotte, but has no entry charge (we donated after the tour though because it was so good!). You can either tour through yourself... More 

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