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Reed Gold Mine State Historic Site

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Address: 9621 Reed Mine Rd., Locust, NC
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+1 704-721-4653
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Tue - Sat 09:00 - 17:00

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We traveled here while in Charlotte area. I never knew that the first gold was discovered here. Museum was well set up and interesting. We took the self guided tour of the mines... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Bailey, North Carolina
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Bailey, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We traveled here while in Charlotte area. I never knew that the first gold was discovered here. Museum was well set up and interesting. We took the self guided tour of the mines. Really cool! Kids enjoyed it so much. Only downside that we couldn't pan for gold. That part is closed in the winter months. But we still had... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Panning was fun but it was quiet hot as it is all in open. Panning gold sounds fun but its not that easy. Its good that we just got one batch and took turns to mine our gold, but still had to ask for help. Came back with two gold leaves/flakes which they bottled for us with care. I opted... More 

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Thank Snowhite2020
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29 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

we spent half a day inside. did the underground mine tunnel tour. love to see the historical mining crafts!

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Thank Kevin C
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

This is a great trip for spring, summer, and fall. Great history in the museum, nice little walks out to the gold mine shafts and fun to walk through the caves. Plus you can't beat getting to pan for gold for $1 per pan. Kids loved it!

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Thank John M
Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

It was a fun place to visit and very instructive. It would have been nicer to be able to pan for gold directly in the river. The film was very interesting but the sound terrible which spoilt the enjoyment

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Thank Frog-Aus
Greensboro, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

Really enjoyed this fun visit with out of town guests. We have an 11 year old son and he had a great time. Walking through the mine was cool and educational. We also panned for gold. Out of 5 pans we only found 1 tiny fleck. It was a lot of fun!

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Thank sdevries88
Locust
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

There is a lot of history here and a greal place to make a daye trip with the grandchildren, they really enjoyed the tour of the mine.

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Thank dallaso965
Hanson, MA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

This is a free site, unless you want to pay to pan for gold, which we didn't do as it was too hot. Fun walking through the mine and getting a feel for what the miners experienced.

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Raleigh N C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

The state of North CArolina has graciously opened up this area for a very informative history lesson You get to walk into a real gold mine and learn the little known history of North Carolina gold the people who run the site are just a wealth of information waiting to be tapped It is a self guided tour and a... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

Wonderful way to spend time with 6yr old and 2yr old. Panning for gold need to be 8yr. But fun for the grandmother with 6yr old helping. Maybe we only found a FLAKE of gold. But it was a huge find for us! Staff put in small bottle with water, so it floats and sparkles in the light. A day... More 

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