The two gold mines in North Carolina that the public can access are the Carolina Emerald Mine and Vein Mountain Gold Camp and Mountain Creek Gold Mine. Visitors pay a fee to access these areas to try their luck at striking it rich.
Located in Marion, N.C., the Carolina Emerald Mine and Vein Mountain Gold Camp allows visitors to pan for gold every day of the year. This mine provides pans and screens for miners who arrive without gear. In the past, visitors have found gold, emeralds and other gemstones.
Mountain Creek Gold Mine in New London, N.C., provides four methods for visitors to search for gold: panning, dredging, highbanking and sluicing. This mine offers a campground, campers and cabins for visitors who want to spend a couple of days looking for gold.