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The Greater Foscoe Mining Co.

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Address: 8998 Nc Hwy 105 South, Foscoe, NC
Phone Number: +1 828-963-5928
9:00 am - 5:00 am
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 am

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Great time for all...can't wait to go back

The gem mining here was great. They had a helpful chart and wonderful staff. This was worth the trip.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2016
Phil H
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Detroit, Michigan
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209 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We love gem mining at Great Foscoe. Our recent trip was our second visit and probably not our last. If there's a group of you, buy a bigger bucket to share. We're told your chances of getting some good stones increases with the larger buckets. It's great that they will go through your finds and separate the stones, so you... More 

Thank ontheroadagain65
Hillsborough, North Carolina
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22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The large bucket was shared and all had fun. Found a geode and many stones and a few gems .had some saffires and rubies cut for jewelry.a great time for all with souvenirs to stimulate good memories

Thank dorma002
Chehalis, Washington
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8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

Guys were eager to take your money, set up your dirt to get you started, but not helpful after that. Very disappointed with our finds. Four of us visited many mines and this one did not come close to any of the others. We would not recommend this one.

1 Thank zayla2016
Matt L, Manager at The Greater Foscoe Mining Co., responded to this review

We are sorry to hear that you were disappointed. As Manager, I want to make sure that everyone has an enjoyable time and a memorable experience. Please contact me directly at your convenience. My telephone number is (828)963-5928 Matt Lambert Manager Greater Foscoe Mining Company More 

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19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

We stopped here to mine for gems after enjoying a day at Grandfather mountain. We had never mined for gems and didn't know what to expect. We purchased a bucket for about $26.00. This was a good size for the three of us. We mined for about an hour and had great fun finding many gems. The guys were helpful... More 

Thank SamPaulL
Louisville, Kentucky
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34 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

My nieces and nephews had a marvelous time playing in the muddy water and coming up with stones and beautiful rocks. Engaging, entertaining, and almost educational. The staff are friendly and helpful. It doesn't look like much as you drive by between Boone and Banner Elk, but it is worth a stop.

Thank woodrock
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18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

I cannot say enough good things about this place! The staff was amazing - so friendly and knowledgeable. They were fantastic with our young daughters. We spent $26.50 on the second smallest bucket, and it took our girls almost an hour to dig and sift through it. They had a blast! They both found lots of gems and were so... More 

1 Thank JenniferOfWilmington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016 via mobile

I had a blast with my sister digging those gems out of that huge bucket. The staff were so much fun chatting with us telling us what are stones were. They talked everything rock with us from faceting machines to how to wire wrap these beautiful gems! Thank you all for a lovely time!!

Thank Lori S
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016 via mobile

We've gone many times to this gem mining location and love it. There is always great finds in the buckets and my kids enjoy it so very much!! Friendly staff!

1 Thank Allie0503
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39 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016 via mobile

The gem mining here was great. They had a helpful chart and wonderful staff. This was worth the trip.

Thank Phil H
Charleston, South Carolina
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27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2016

We took the kids on a weekend trip to find snow and stopped at the Greater Foscoe Mining Co while we were in NC. We had a great time sifting through the dirt to find gems! We got a medium sized bucket and it was plenty for the four of us. They have knowledgeable staff that even tapes all your... More 

Thank Emily H

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