North Carolina Gold Deposits. NORTH CAROLINA. BURKE COUNTY. In Burke County the Mills property (Brindletown placers), 13 miles southwest of Morganton in the South Mountain region, was worked as early as 1828, and by 1916, this property had produced an estimated $1 million (50,000 ounces) in gold. A few small quartz veins were worked for a time ... Morganton. Address. Catawba Green Way, Greenlee Ford Rd, Morganton, NC 28655. Pet Friendly. Yes. Panning for gold is alive and well in Burke County, and its rivers and creeks still have numerous gold deposits, ripe for the picking. You will find everything from beginners to experienced panners sifting through their most recent find in search of ... The adjoining mines of Miller and Scott Hill, a mile and a half north of Hartland, were major lode gold producers in the area, as was Hercules Mine, located about 12 miles north of Morganton. Others popular with local rockhounds include the Upper Creek, Little John and Baker mines.