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Address: Hwy 226, Spruce Pine, NC
Phone Number: 828-765-6130
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Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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We liked the gift/ice cream shop!

The gem mining seemed fun. We checked into it, but the seats were really low, so we opted not to do it. They were really busy, though, and the staff was friendly. We shopped in... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 8, 2015
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

We made this a stop to mine for gems when we received the brochures and coupons. This is not the best for gem mining and the prices are high for gems in the buckets. Even the gem identification from a young blond girl was very lackluster. We would not recommend this place.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

The gem mining seemed fun. We checked into it, but the seats were really low, so we opted not to do it. They were really busy, though, and the staff was friendly. We shopped in the gift shop and had ice cream and hot dogs - we actually went three different days! There is only one person operating the soda... More 

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McKinney, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

So, I wasn't too sure about this. I mean really, mining for precious gems? For $30? But that is just what we did. We did have our buckets pre-filled for us (I appreciated not having to go out in the middle of a creek or crawl into a cave to scrape some up, personally). We shuffled our wire-bottomed sieves in... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Did not care for the fact that all buckets are pre-filled and sorted by what you will find in them. Seems like a ruse. Still, the kids had fun, and they tell you if anything is worth keeping. Mostly paying to have fun.

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Hillsborough, North Carolina, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

This was our last stop before hitting the road to go back home, I saved the best for last! It was shortly after opening, so it was quiet and just the perfect time for us. We had our dog with us and they graciously allowed us to bring her with while panning. I wonder if they will ever know how... More 

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Matthews, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Gem Mountain has been a stop for my family since my kids were about 10 or 12 (They are 38 and 41 now). It's not really "mining" - more like "sluce'in". But we always go home with bags of cut worthy minerals. We usually get the $100 mixed bucket and we take home amethyst, iolite, soapstone, topaz amazonite, adventurine, citrine,... More 

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Port Arthur, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 via mobile

we used to go gem mining at dig your own. but age has caught up . we have all kinds of rocks but enjoy new like we didn't have any. the folks where great. Tyler was an awesome help. found lots cool stuff. bought a mixed bucket & an aquamarine bucket and got real nice stuff. cool day and sat... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

Had gone to a gem mine in boone, were at the end of vacation looking for something to do. Dropped by bought a $35bucket , Didn,t expect any spectacular finds so wasnt disappointed. The folks there were no where near as friendly as the ones we saw up on boone, overall it was a yawn probably would skip next time

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Greer, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

I went with my mom and I had fun.We came home with a few good sized gems .We bought the mixed gem bucket or whatever it's called I don't really remember how pricy it was all I know is that it was fun!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Gem Mountain is a great place to try mining. We bought several buckets and each one was "guratanteed" to have a great find. We spent hours sifting through several buckets and were happy to go home with our treasures.

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Additional Information about Gem Mountain

Address: Hwy 226, Spruce Pine, NC
Phone Number: 828-765-6130
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Smoky Mountains  >  Spruce Pine
Open Hours:
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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