The Russell Mine
The Uwharries were an integral part of North Carolina’s Gold Region, an area in the piedmont where much of the nation’s gold was discovered during the 19th century and early 20th century. Hundreds of mines were located in this region. So much gold was produced that a new national mint was opened in Charlotte in the early 1800s.
Remnants of the Russell Mine, one of the most prolific in the region, are located in the Uwharrie National Forest off Coggins Mine Road near Big Creek.
Panning is not allowed on Big Creek but interested parties may take the short hike from Coggins Mine Road and explore the area. Caution is advised. There are numerous shafts and open pits.
More information about Russell Mine can be found at the Discover Uwharrie Welcome Center in Troy.