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Doc's Rocks Gem Mine

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Address: 129 Mystery Hill Lane, Blowing Rock, NC
Phone Number: 828-264-4499
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Discovery in a bucket

Our grandsons had no trouble doing what boys most enjoy...digging. They found some wonderful gems that we still have. The attendants were most helpful and the place quite... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
gojusensei
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Emerald Isle, North Carolina
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Emerald Isle, North Carolina
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our grandsons had no trouble doing what boys most enjoy...digging. They found some wonderful gems that we still have. The attendants were most helpful and the place quite educational if you know very little about gems. A great edventure for children. We had a ruby star cut and polished for a ring and one other stone finished for jewelry.

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Sarasota, Florida
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place can be spendy, but our kids loved it! You can select from various sized buckets of dirt to sift and find gems in. After the bucket has been sifted the employees will sort all of your gems and tell you about them. Friendly staff - fun activity for the family!

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Maryland
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was a cold wintery day and the place was packed, but it was still fun. We mined inside so water was a little cold, but not bad, very busy but they have it organized and we didnt wait long. Got 2 medium size buckets and my girls found lots of gems, they are 8 and 5 and they had... More 

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Thank ginny148
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

Stopped at the Boone Visitor's center to ask about Gem Mining and they suggested Doc's. My Grandson had a wonderful time, and the adult children enjoyed it as well. The staff was very helpful and everyone was overjoyed with the types of rocks they had found. We were there in December, so we were happy that they had indoor mining.

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Seminole, Florida
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4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

Doc's was a nice diversion for our younger kids. The prices were reasonable and the staff was very friendly and helpful. They have a coffee shop attached, which was nice as it was a rather cool day out (December, Docs is one that is open off season). Oddly, the coffee shop is cash only, so my oldest son had to... More 

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Thank flaMocks7
Linville, North Carolina
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61 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

My daughter loved this. She liked finding the "pretty rocks" almost as much as she liked playing in the mud! Can be as cheap or as expensive as you want it to!

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Thank Matt W
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015 via mobile

This was our second trip to Docs Rocks and we want to go back again. Have a 4 year old and a 5 year old, they both love it. And the adults love the challenge of who can find the most valuable gems. Always super fun and so exciting to see what you can find! I mined a 1.5 carat... More 

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Boone, North Carolina
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18 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015

We are locals, and we take all visitors to Doc's. The owners, Doc and Trina McCoy, make sure that everyone has a good time. This is the only gem mine in the area that is actually educational. (There's even a dinosaur museum upstairs!) They get ore from NC mines and they do not go through it and pick out the... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015 via mobile

I had a really good time mining with the kids. Prices are comparable with the other gem mining places around. We found good sized gems and paid to have one cut. If you want your gem cut, you will have to pay an additional fee to have it cut which is anywhere from $20-40 depending on the rock. We had... More 

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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30 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015 via mobile

We love Doc's Rocks! We visit with our kids at least 3 or 4 times a year. This trip we just went as a couple. I picked out some already cut jewels to make a special necklace for a family member. We also mined a big bucket of material. Doc always makes sure you get some good quality gems worth... More 

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