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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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An Amazingly Gemmie Experience

We were recommended to visit here by Lee at Apple Hill Farm and we couldn't have been more thrilled with our gem mining experience. My girlfriend and I started by purchasing the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
Jonathan W
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Wilmington, North Carolina
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Wilmington, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

We were recommended to visit here by Lee at Apple Hill Farm and we couldn't have been more thrilled with our gem mining experience. My girlfriend and I started by purchasing the medium sized bucket. The staff explained the the buckets were "unsalted and not seeded" which we understood as there is potential for finding anything! After carefully going through... More 

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Kernersville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

We visited Doc's Rocks this weekend and my boys had the best time. The staff was knowledgeable about the different stones we found and very helpful. We visited another area gem mining place and it was $70 for a bucket but at Doc's Rocks it was $55. So glad that we came and we will be back next time for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

We stopped by to try our hand at gem hunting. They have a sluce setup for checking your purchased dirt. If you are disappointed in your finds the usually let you try a second bucket for no additional charge. They show and explain in detail your finds and their estimated value. They will even grind or shape your stone or... More 

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Catawba, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

After visiting Mystery Hill, it was a pleasant little sit down to do some panning. Fun for all ages. Our toddlers loved it and so did the adults. We spent $48 on 4 smaller buckets and walked away with 6 bags of gems. Well worth the $48! Will do again!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

We arrived right at opening time and got the large ($55) bucket. We found tons of stuff- my 8 year old daughter found 5 rubies which is her birthstone so that made her day! I recommend getting there early as we drove by in the afternoon and it was packed. Also wear clothes you don't care about getting dirty.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

We bought the $55 bucket for my family with 4 kids, 2 little kids and 2 teenagers. It was plenty. The kids had fun doing it. We walked away with four good size bags of "gems." It was a bit disappointing because I heard so much about the educational aspect but we weren't told very much about them. They were... More 

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Blowing Rock, North Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

My boys love this place. They love gem mining and also visiting the dinosaur museum upstairs. We live here and try to visit a couple times a year. It is a little expensive but they do use good dirt often from KY or VA.

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North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

got lots of gems in the $34 bucket. staff were friendly and helpful. nice gift and coffee shop. Our son had a good time here.

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Harrisburg, North Carolina, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

We stopped by after our visit next door to Mystery Hill. I'm glad we poked our head in. Very pleased with the friendliness of the employees. They not only made us feel welcomed, but didn't rush us, etc. They took the time to talk to my kids about all the gems they found, etc. Both of my kids kept talking... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Don't worry so much about the price. The kids had a blast and found a lot of gems that tickled them. The folks were helpful, welcoming, and shared their knowledge with the kids explaining each type of rock they found.

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