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Gem Mountain

Hwy 226, Spruce Pine, NC
828-765-6130
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Ranked #3 of 10 Attractions in Spruce Pine
Type: Mines, Cultural
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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13 reviews 13 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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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73 reviews 73 reviews
25 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 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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79 reviews 79 reviews
21 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
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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175 reviews 175 reviews
42 attraction reviews
123 helpful votes 123 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
1 review
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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Charlotte, North Carolina
1 review
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

My husband & I have been going there for at least 10 years and were extremely pleased with all the gems we had purchased. That is until recently. We hadn't been for about a year & a half and found that the rough gem buckets had increased in price, but this wasn't the worst of it. They used to charge... More

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1 review
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

It started out ok, we bought a $25.00 bucket of rocks and was there for about 2 hours. Then the owner Matt help select two rings for us mine a Cab red ruby (birthstone) and Marilyn's a Midnight Sapphire.. This was on 7/2/13. We have called to check the status of the rings and never got a courteous call back.... More

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Halberstadt, Germany
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159 reviews 159 reviews
48 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

We had a blast, it it's so exciting to check if you find a nice gemstone. The guys that run the place are friendly too and I can't wait top get the Topaz they will cut out of my find. Maybe we go right again tomorrow! By the way, we had a special bucket for 30 bucks, I think this... More

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