Much of the Uwharrie National Forest is contained within Montgomery County, which has a long history with gold. Today, the Uwharrie River can still produce good amounts of gold and is a fantastic place for panning. The Little River is another great place to search for placer gold.
In the northern end of the county, there were several gold mines. Among these sites were Bright, Bunnell Mountain, Deep Flat, Dry Hollow, Dutchman's Creek, Island Creek and Pear Tree Hill and many others that played an integral part in North Carolina's mining history.
To read more about the county's gold history and sites that you can still explore today, continue reading below.