2024-25 Destination Guide



Reed Gold Mine


Located in southern Cabarrus County, the small town of Midland shines for its notable historic site and engaging outdoor experiences.

Did you know the first discovery of gold in the United States happened here in Cabarrus County? In 1799, 12-year-old Conrad Reed discovered a 17-pound gold nugget in Little Meadow Creek on the family’s farm. Now a state historic site, Reed Gold Mine invites visitors to tour restored un derground mine tunnels. View veins of white quartz where the precious metal is found, learn about mining from exhibits inside the Visitor Center, then try your hand at panning. Don’t leave without checking out the historical mining equipment and exploring the trails throughout the grounds.

Continue your golden adventure by soaking up sunshine on the Carolina Thread Trail, a network of trails and blueways that spans North and South Carolina. Segments located in Midland include the Pharr Family Preserve Trail which offers a canoe and kayak launch. The Rocky River Blueway begins here and downriver, the Riverbend Farm Trail also includes a launch for river access.

Midland’s parks and farms provide even more fresh-air family fun. Riverbend Farm welcomes guests to their pumpkin patch in October and in the spring, visitors can pick their own strawberries at Deer Run Farm. Plus, Midland Farms hosts seasonal events including a fall festival and Christmas vendor fair. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy exploring Rob Wallace Park as well for its mountain bike trails, boardwalk, fishing pond, and more.

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