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Address: Hwy 226, Spruce Pine, NC
Phone Number: 828-765-6130
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This place wasn't a total ripoff

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
Betsy K
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Greer, South Carolina
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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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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18 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
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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Raleigh, North Carolina
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

This is such a cool place! It's fun for all ages, from 4 year old all the way to 100. The staff is super friendly & eager to help you. It's covered so it doesn't matter what weather you're having. Not to mention, you get to play in dirt! Now, who doesn't love that? Your hard work pays off by... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We were able to do the gem mining with our package from with Springmaid Mountain Vacation. We got a $55 bucket of rocks/gems and all 4 sifted through it picking out the best gems we could find. We did very good and loved every minute of it.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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75 reviews 75 reviews
25 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

After breaking a bunch of rocks looking for emeralds at privately owned Crabtree Mine in Little Switzerland, we took our 8 year old to Gem Mountain so he'd be sure to find something. As we were only one of three families sluicing, the staff were very accommodating and gave us gems that other patrons had unknowingly tossed out on the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

We take our kids here and its a fun afternoon for them. We usually purchase a $25 bucket and they have dig through all the stones. The have a great store were you can have your rocks turned into jewelry.

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Vero Beach, Florida
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133 helpful votes 133 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

We went to Gem Mountain this week and purchased two $55 mixed buckets and a $25 Topaz bucket. We had loads of fun sifting through our buckets, and we came away with a large number of stones. Our buckets were a mixture of gemstones and feldspar (unlike some mines which are dirt and gemstones) so "mining" here is a lot... More 

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Springboro, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

Ok, I have to respond to this one. I've been going to gem mountain for years, like 14yrs and consider them my friends. They are the best people you'll meet if you take the time to get to know a few of them. They do have gem cutters on site but some of their cutters are not located on site.... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

Made it a point to visit Gem Mountain while in North Carolina. We bought the $85 mixed bucket which included a credit of $45 toward having one of the minerals we found cut and polished. Four of us shared the bucket and found quite a lot of great gems including clear quartz, amethyst, sodalite, black tourmaline, garnets, topaz, rubies, sapphires,... More 

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