Important Gold History in North Carolina
Gold Prospecting Locations in North Carolina
- The Carolina Slate Belt, which is a region that runs through North Carolina and South Carolina, and is known for its gold deposits.
- The South Mountain area in Burke County, which is known for its lode gold deposits.
- The Reed Gold Mine in Midland, NC - This is the site of the first gold discovery in the United States and is now a museum and park. Visitors can take guided tours of the mine, and there is also a gold panning area where visitors can try their hand at gold prospecting.
- The Brushy Creek Mine in Marion, NC - This mine is one of the largest gold mines in the state, and is a popular location for gold prospecting. Visitors can pan for gold in the creek, or they can also rent equipment to explore the mine.
- The Little River in the Blue Ridge Mountains - This river is known for its rich gold deposits and is a popular location for gold panning.
Clubs for Gold Prospecting in North Carolina
- Statesville GPAA Chapter, Statesville, NC
- The Carolina Prospectors Association - This is a group of gold prospectors in North Carolina who meet regularly to share tips, techniques, and information about gold prospecting.
Mining and Recreational Camps
Museums / Historic Sites
- Reed Gold Mine, Midland, North Carolina
- The Gold Hill Mining Museum - This museum is located in Gold Hill, NC and showcases the history of gold mining in North Carolina. Visitors can learn about the gold rush and see artifacts from the gold mines.
- The North Carolina State Mineral Museum - This museum is located in Asheville, NC and showcases the minerals and gems found in North Carolina, including gold.