Reed Gold Mine Hike

Locust, North Carolina

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The hike at Reed Gold Mine will captivate the imagination of visitors young and old. The historic adventure starts with an underground journey through a mine tunnel and then climbs a gentle hill to the remains of a nineteenth-century engine house. Next the trail follows informative markers beside a creek to the mine’s working stamp mill and several open mine shafts before looping back to the visitor center. Reed Gold Mine has been closed to commercial mining for more than a hundred years, yet a wealth of history and natural beauty remain available at the historic site. Located amid the cotton fields of Cabarrus County, Reed Farm was once home to John Reed and his family. In 1799 Reed’s young son was playing in the creek and found a large shiny stone.

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"The hike at Reed Gold Mine will captivate the imagination of visitors young and old. The historic adventure starts with an underground journey through a mine tunnel and then climbs a gentle hill to the remains of a nineteenth-century engine house. Next the trail follows informative markers beside a creek to the mine’s working stamp mill and several open mine shafts before looping back to the visitor center.

Reed Gold Mine has been closed to commercial mining for more than a hundred years, yet a wealth of history and natural beauty remain available at the historic site. Located amid the cotton fields of Cabarrus County, Reed Farm was once home to John Reed and his family. In 1799 Reed’s young son was playing in the creek and found a large shiny stone."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Locust
Distance: 1.5
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 to 1.5 hours
Season: All year
Local Maps: USGS Locust
Driving Directions: Directions to Reed Gold Mine Hike

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May 2018