Gold Panning Returns to Reed for the 2021 Season


When young Conrad Reed discovered a rock that was really a 17-pound gold nugget in 1799, he had no idea that the Carolina Gold Rush would soon start. Reed Gold Mine invites you to join the gold panning action during the 2021 gold panning season April 1-Oct. 31. Individuals aged eight years and older can participate for a $3 fee on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays only, weather permitting.

Space is limited due to COVID-19 safety protocols and only two tickets per person are available. There are no advance reservations and tickets will be sold first come, first served. Session times will be sold and filled in order received throughout the day.

All North Carolina COVID guidelines will be strictly maintained. Please visit the “Plan Your Visit” page on our website at to review the safety protocols in effect in the panning area and the entire site.

For additional information, please call (704) 721-4653 or email Reed Gold Mine is in southeastern Cabarrus County 12 miles southeast of Concord, 25 miles east of Charlotte, and 18 miles west of Albemarle.

Hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The site is closed on Sunday, Monday and on major holidays. Admission is free. Reed Gold Mine is part of the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, Division of State Historic Sites, Office of Archives and History.