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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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Beautiful, my kids just loved it

I did not come with high expectations. The website for this location is very minimal and uninformative which is pity as this is a beautiful place to visit both historically and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Boston, Massachusetts
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Boston, Massachusetts
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399 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I did not come with high expectations. The website for this location is very minimal and uninformative which is pity as this is a beautiful place to visit both historically and nature-wise. No Admission, just a small pay if you want to pan for gold (recommended, especially with little kids; my 5y old boy loved it). The mine is great,... More 

Thank adventix
Rose Hill, Kansas
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was fun and the gold mine is awesome. Lots of history and information. We didn't walk the trails because it was chilly and we had the baby. Not an all day thing, just an hour or two of entertainment for free. Can't beat it! I am a bit claustrophobic but didn't have any problems in this mine. It's not... More 

Thank Jennifer K
Concord, North Carolina
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Go after April so you can do the gold panning. Its a lot of fun to do the self guided tour through the old mine. Lots of old machinery and stuff laying aroud to see from a time gone by.

Thank Grant E
Mount Pleasant, North Carolina
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

When you drive up to this attraction, you think, this is in the middle of nowhere... but where did you expect gold to be discovered? This is a very cool venue all year round. In the summer there is more to do and see (they have more staff available) but the winter time is still a great time to watch... More 

Thank Louanne S
Bailey, North Carolina
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2017 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 

Thank Kristen B
Charlotte, North Carolina
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115 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 January 2017

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 

Thank Snowhite2020
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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

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

Thank Kevin C
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6 reviews
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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!

Thank John M
Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 13 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

Thank Frog-Aus
Greensboro, North Carolina
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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!

Thank sdevries88

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