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Doc's Rocks Gem Mine

129 Mystery Hill Lane, Blowing Rock, NC
828-264-4499
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

We visited this "gem mine" while staying on Sugar Mountain. They claim to be the only such place in the area that provides NC native gems and fossils. Not sure how true this is, but they seemed pretty adamant about it. It would take someone much better versed in gemology to confirm this outside of the employees. We had a... More

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Philadelphia, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

We went with our two and four year old girls and got a medium bucket to share. We found sapphires, rubies, amethyst, topaz, tourmaline, quartz and more. Doc and his staff were so knowledgable and friendly. They went through all of our stones to make sure we didn't miss anything valuable. And they were very eager to teach us about... More

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Lynn, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Excellent place to learn more about mineralogy. All of the student works were highly knowledgeable about the minerals, and Doc was a gem himself. Very personable and interesting. Pricing was very reasonable, and the cut minerals are stunning. Fossil museum attached to the location is also a surprising find. The tour guide was funny, interesting, and knowledgeable. Definitely provided food... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

This was my first time gem mining. There are 3 different bucket sizes and prices to match. I got the small bucket, $12.00 and found a good amount of gems in the rough. The staff seemed very knowledgeable about the gems and how to sell you on cutting them for you if you chose to. They set the gems out... More

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We stopped by at the urging of my 5 yr old. Bought the medium size bucket and went to town. Once we started we couldn't stop! We all found some great finds. I even found a sharks tooth! I highly recommend this place! We had 3 stones polished and cut. We would have done more but that's the expensive part.... More

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Boone, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We live in the Boone and Blowing Rock vicinity, and when we have family or friends visit us from out of town, we ALWAYS take them to Doc's for part of their High Country experience. It is just as good for kids as it is seniors. Everyone loves shiny rocks! The hands-on gem-mining is probably the foremost activity on everyone's... More

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Deltona, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

We were looking for something to do with the kids that would be different than the other times we've come to North Carolina and I stumbled across Docs Rocs. We had 3 adults, a teenager and an 11 year old with us. You can mine for your rocks outside or inside. It was a bit to cold and windy for... More

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Cocoa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

My daughter was really excited about gem mining, but my husband and I were skeptical...we thought it would be pushy and a rip off. We were wrong!! The prices were great, the staff was very helpful and very knowledgeable. It was a fun, learning experience for all of us. The next time we go to the Boone area, we will... More

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Pleasant Garden, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We went to Doc's Rocks July 19th. It was a dreary, rainy - COLD day in Boone. No problem!! They have indoor seating. We got the medium size bucket and found sapphires, garnets, citrine, amethyst and rose quartz. I guess I should mention we are all adults!! LOL!! Fun times!! We will definitely go again. My daughter got a sapphire... More

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Yukon, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Came out here in July and got the big bucket for our 3 kids. They absolutely loved every minute of it, and so did I! They found tons of gems and really got into it, and are still talking about their loot to this day! We let each one get a gem cut, and they turned out super nice. My... More

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