Welcome to Reed Gold Mine!

Reed Gold Mine is the site of the first documented gold find in the United States. From this discovery, gold mining spread gradually to nearby counties and eventually into other southern states. During its peak years gold mining was second only to farming in the number of North Carolinians it employed. The estimated value of gold recovered reached over one million dollars a year. North Carolina led the nation in gold production until 1848, when it was eclipsed by the great rush to California. As a result, Reed Gold Mine is no longer a functioning mine, but we are open to the public for tours, panning, and a visit to our museum of historic mine equipment.


The Reed Gold Mine is located in Midland, NC, about 20 mile east of Charlotte. Our address is:

Reed Gold Mine
9621 Reed Mine Rd.
Midland, N.C. 28107

Visiting Hours

Tuesday – Saturday–9 a.m.-5 p.m.
We are closed Sundays, Mondays, and most major holidays–please plan ahead!


No fee is charged for admission or tours of the mine. Gold panning is available 9 am to 4 pm from April 1 through October 31, weather permitting. The fee is $3 plus tax per pan. A group rate is available for groups of 10 or more that register a minimum of two weeks in advance. Call site for more information.