For great family fun gem mining in north carolina gold panning nc camping mining north carolina and much more thermal city gold mine is the perfect find thermal city gold mine offers a unique experience hosted by people who are real prospectors we are dedicated to keeping the tradition and history of gold mining in north carolina alive anyone who wants to pan or prospect for gold is welcome we enjoy teaching and talking about mining. The thermal city gold mine is one of the oldest gold mines in north carolina the mine is located in thermal city in north carolina visitors are provided with equipment for panning sluicing and dredging besides gold visitors to the camp can also search for emerald citrine moonstone rubies aventurine smoky quartz rose quartz tourmaline etc recovered gems are inspected and identified for free the flumes are covered so that you can mine rain or shine. North carolina is credited with the first documented gold discovery in the united states dating back to 1799 at the reed gold mine since then extensive amounts of gold have been found mainly in the form of lode deposits as well as byproduct from copper and tungsten mining gold in north carolina is primarily found in what is known as the carolina slate belt which runs diagonally across the state parallel to the atlantic ocean in the center of the state the northern end starts around . Large gold nuggets have been found at north carolina gold mines many large gold nuggets were found at little meadow creek on the reed gold mine property starting with a l7 pound nugget so many gold nuggets were found at this creek that the area next to the creek was called the potato patch the digging of nuggets having been likened to digging up potatoes much of north carolina is covered by national forests which have beautiful streams where families can enjoy panning and prospecting
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