Welcome to the Thermal City Gold Mine!

Open March 15 - October 31 | 8:30AM - 5:00PM | 7 Days A Week

Thermal City Gold Mine is the best recreational gold and gem mining facility in the Eastern United States. 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!

News & Updates


  • Prices for Gold Prospecting

    Panning is $10 per person per day at our panning station with our screens and pans. You can also pan in the river for the same price but you must have your own equipment.  You can set up your sluice in the river for the same price.  If you have your own high banker you can set up on the beach and have a load of material to process for $50 or $60 for screened material.  We have 4 high bankers you can use for $60 per load of material or $70 for screened material.  We also have 2 trommels you can use for $60 or $70 for screened material.  If you have a dredge you can dredge in the river, $10 up to 3" and $5 for helper, $15 for 4" and $5 for helper.  You can call Miss Betty in the office at (828) 286-3016 for additional information.   See Y'all At The Creek Bank!…

  • Dredging Classes

    Dredging lessons $150 each.  Lessons provided by Richard Downing.   Choice of dredge size 2 1/2", 3", or 4".  Call Miss Betty at (828) 286-3016 to schedule your class today!…

  • Thermal City Gold and Gem Mine

    Back by popular demand the digs are on for the 2018 season.  Details and dates to be announced. Everything else remains the same i.e. camping, cabin rentals, panning, gold prospecting, etc. Miss Betty will continue to greet you on the phone and in person.  Dwight, Larry and out of retirement Walt will be returning to ensure everyone has a wonderful experience. Have a safe and Happy New Year!   Jeff and Eileen Langford Thermal City Gold and Gem Mine   P.S.  Opening day is March 15th 2018.  Mark your calendars!   see you on the creek bank  …