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“Family Fun”

Reed Gold Mine State Historic Site
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Locust
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 25 May 2014

This is a fun time for families or couples. There is no entry fee, but if you want to pan for gold, the fee is $3 a pan. First we viewed a short movie about the history of the mine, walked around a small museum, took a self guided tour of the mine then we panned for gold. There are a few souvenirs to purshase. Inside the mine is cold so bring a sweater.

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Reviewed 17 May 2014

My husband and I took our 7-year-old son so that he could experience being inside a real mine tunnel. He loves to dig and to play Minecraft, so this seemed like a natural.
The 20-minute intro film is informative and entertaining, and authentically North Carolinian. It was made quite a while ago, so it looks a bit blurry to our high-def eyes. The artifacts in the small museum are interesting, but it is walking through the 400 ft of restored tunnel that really make this a great experience. It is cold in the tunnel, so bring a sweater so that you can linger and take in all the detail.
Each of us tried panning for gold. For $3, you get a pan of creek dirt/rocks/sediment and the staff take you through the steps. Out of three pans, we discovered one small flake of gold, which was ridiculously gratifying and fun!
Well worth making the expedition!

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Reviewed 17 May 2014

Nice day trip from Charlotte NC to take the family. Outdoors trails, a working stone crusher, a neat little mine to wander through and pan for gold. Best of all it was free.

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Reviewed 19 March 2014

It is free, so what do you have to lose?? Didn't know what to expect from this site. Have lived nearby for several years and never made the trip to the gold mine thinking it would be lame. I thoroughly enjoyed the tour of the mine, as well as the grounds. There was also a small but interesting Blackbeard exhibit. Gold panning was not available during our visit, but opens in April.

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Reviewed 18 March 2014

We love caverns and caves so this was fun for us. We were going to Charlotte, NC and saw a sign for the Reed Gold Mine and decided to take a detour. We were allowed to go through the mine without a guide and that really made it special because we could take our time. For the kids (and the kid in all of us) you can also pan for gold. The Reed Gold Mind was the first documented gold strike in the US. A slave found a 28 pound nugget in the nearby creek.

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