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March 1st March 31st   9:00 am 5:00 pm

April 1st October 31st   8:00 am 7:00 pm

Nov. 1st Feb. 28th   10:00 am 4:00 pm

The Lucky Strike Gold and Gem Mine

We are open to the public all year except DEC 25.

Welcome To The Lucky Strike Gold and Gem Mine

   Welcome to the Lucky Strike, a gold and gem mine that also boasts a campground, where we strive to provide our visitors with a memorable and enjoyable outing. Step back in time to the days of old-fashioned gold mining by taking a pan or sluice box into the stream. Popular methods of prospecting in the river include gold panning, sluicing, and crevicing, which don't require any complicated equipment. Spend the day outdoors with your family and friends, sharing in the excitement of recreational gold mining. A full day of panning, sluicing, or crevicing in the river will only set you back $5.00, and you're welcome to keep all that you find! The thrill of seeing that first flake of gold in your pan is like nothing else, and it's sure to give you a case of what the old-timers called "gold fever." Be warned, though - once you see that first glint of gold, you'll be hooked! At the Lucky Strike, we offer gold panning at the flume line with local ore from the Second Broad River. When you need a break from mining, head over to the Miners Diner, located next to the covered panning area, and enjoy a delicious Bonanza burger or Klondike dog with a glass of ice-cold sluice juice (tea). We hope that you enjoy your day with us, whether you're mining for gold, playing in the river or relaxing at the Miner's Diner.


   If you're looking to explore the great outdoors, we have the perfect activity for you. These hiking trails are owned by the NC Gold Foundation and the North Carolina State Park. The hiking trails are available for those wanting to enjoy the beautiful great outdoors. Motorized vehicles are not allowed on these properties. This picturesque 2 1/2 mile trail takes you through the historical gold mines of Vein Mountain and over the mountain to the old historical mines of Rhom Town. You'll cross Rhom Town Rd to the headwaters of the Second Broad river, where you'll find the old historical Pea Vine railroad bed. Following the Second Broad river, you'll cross Scrubgrass branch, and the trail will lead you back to the Lucky Strike Gold and Gem Mine. To ensure the safety of all our visitors, we ask that you sign in and out of the trail at the Lucky Strike so that we can maintain accountability at the end of the day.


VMRC Club Digs

April 12-13     Club Dig

April 12-21 Spring Dirt Fling youtube group dig

May 17-18       cancelled

July 19-20      Club Dig

August 30-31    Club Dig

 with club auction the 31st

October 11-12   Club Dig

NC Gold Festival

The festival will be held at 251 Lucky Strike Drive in Marion, NC.

May 31, 2024
2 pm - 9 pm

June 1, 2024
9 am - 6 pm