Guided Tour at Reed
From Charlotte take U.S. 74 (Independence Boulevard) east to N.C. 24/27 (Albemarle Road). Follow N.C. 24/27 to Reed Mine Road. Turn left on Reed Mine Road, go approximately three miles, and the site will be on the right.
From Interstate 85 in Concord take U.S. 601 south to N.C. 200. Turn left on N.C. 200 to Reed Mine Road at Georgeville. Turn right, go approximately three miles, and the site will be on the left.
From Monroe take U.S. 601 north. Follow U.S. 601 to N.C. 24/27 east. Take N.C. 24/27 to Reed Mine Road, turn left, and follow the signs to the site.
From Albemarle take N.C. 24/27 west through Locust. Turn right on Reed Mine Road and follow the signs to the site.
- Historic Structures
- The restored underground tunnels date to the 1830s. The reconstructed stamp mill represents machinery of the 1890s. It is operational and demonstrated daily from April through October.
- Visitor Center
- The visitor center features exhibits on gold, the geology of gold, mining technology, and equipment. An orientation film describes North Carolina’s gold mining industry. A library features materials on gold mining and Reed family genealogy.
- Trails, Monuments, Outdoor Exhibits
- Several trails cross lode and placer mining areas and archaeological sites. The Lower Hill Trail features "Talking Rocks" that describe the mining activities at Reed Gold Mine and various rocks found in the southeastern United States. Numerous locations feature historic mining machinery, and an area on Upper Hill has the chimney and restored foundations of the 1854 mill house.
- Handicapped Accessibility
- The visitor center, panning area, and restrooms are accessible. The underground tour is on a level gravel surface with the exception of a series of steps at the end. Visitors with mobility impairment may elect to return from the tour using the level entrance. The stamp mill trail will be accessible by 1999.
- Picnic Facilities
- Over twenty picnic tables are available in two locations.
- Gift Shop
- A small gift shop features souvenirs related to gold, mining, and jewelry. Natural gold nuggets are available. Vending machines are located at the visitor center.
Programs, Group Activities
Special events are held throughout the year. Panning for gold is offered from April 1 through October 31 (weather permitting) for a small fee.
Tours of the underground tunnels are offered each hour, and stamp mill tours are available several times each day. Instructors are available to assist those with limited or no experience in gold panning.
No fee is charged for admission or tours of the mine. Gold Panning is available April 1 through October 31, weather permitting, with a charge of $3.00 per pan for individuals and $2.00 per pan for groups of 10 or more that make reservations a month in advance. Panning is not available November 1 through March 31.