Foggy Mountain Gem Mine
Foggy Mountain Gem Mine
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Foggy Mountain Gem Mine has been family owned and operated for generations. We are located in the mountain community of Boone, which is in the beautiful High Country of North Carolina. We are the choice Gem Mine in our area because of the experience that is offered our guests by our knowledgeable staff, and because we offer buckets of the finest gem ore from the best gem mines in the world. You are invited to come and satisfy your craving for a gem mine adventure and experience the thrill of discovery as you pan for gems. Just like miners from the old days, you will sift through dirt and rock using water flumes to find your treasures in the safety and comfort of our year round location on Hwy 105 in Boone. Regardless of the weather, you can search for gems since we have both outside and inside flumes. Each bucket of our gem stone mix contains genuine rough gems. We guarantee a gem find every time.
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1-2 hours
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April M
5 contributions
Nov 2022
Our family has a tradition to always go to Boone Thanksgiving Friday, spend the night, eat at Daniel Boone Inn and cut a tree on Saturday. Well, we are adding a stop at the Foggy Mtn. Gem Mine to that tradition from now on! On our way home we decided to stop and do some gem mining with the kids (ages 10, 4 and 1) along with Mom, Dad and YaYa. We got a $70 bucket and each of us found several nice pieces...we got another $70 bucket; it was so fun! Staff was very helpful and knowledgeable and were great with the kids. When we were done sifting through, they set out all our bags of gems and showed us what types of stones we had. I ended up having a few pieces polished and will be made into jewelry. Definitely a super friendly and family fun outing.
Written November 28, 2022
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tckitty2018
Salinas, CA37 contributions
May 2022 • Family
Oh my goodness this was so much fun. We bought the small $30 dollar bucket was enough for 3 adults to have fun with. You sift through rocks and sand as you did in the gold rush days with water and a sifter. We got lots of awesome semi precious and precious stones. I would do this again if I could with my grandchildren if we lived in the area. Definitely recommend.
Written May 10, 2022
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steve
2 contributions
Jun 2022
A great way to spend some family time and learn about some of the beautiful stones that we might otherwise easily miss. A smaller bucket for a young family will do the trick, but I recommend working your way through a mother lode, which keeps older elementary and teens, as well as the adults, entertained for well over an hour. Great anytime, but especially when you have a rainy period. The staff are very helpful and go through your “finds” with you. And with the “mother lode”, you get one each - a cut and polished stone (faceted) and a polished oval. Our last visit got us a cut citrine and a polished tiger’s eye.
Written June 6, 2022
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KDP90205
Alva, FL13 contributions
Jan 2021 • Family
We took my 6 year old son who is obsessed with rocks and gems. The young crows working there were very sweet and patient. They took their time and explained what each stone was and provided answers to the questions we had. We also got quiet a few nice size keepsakes. Thank you all for a wonderful experience.
Written January 5, 2021
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Yosef
2 contributions
Jun 2020 • Family
We have a five year old and a soon to be three year old and they loved it. We purchased a $30 bucket which kept them entertained for at least half an hour. The staff was great in helping to identify the gems we found.
Written June 12, 2020
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lncollins05
Antioch, IL6 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
Visited today with my 4 and 1 year old. Staff was super nice and helpful. I had my hands full with the two little kids and they were happy to provide extra rock buckets and shovels, whatever we needed. Felt very comfortable with masks inside and masks outside when talking or helping customers. My 4 year old thrilled with all her “crystals” and my little one enjoyed throwing her rejects in a bucket, putting his hands in the washing water, going up and down his stool, playing a drum bucket, and more.
Written July 26, 2020
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UNC4life
Winston Salem, NC2 contributions
Aug 2020
Family stopped by today for first visit. The service was amazing. Very friendly and safe. We purchased the 70.00 bucket and it was well worth it for kids age 5 and 7 to share. The staff explained to the kids what gems they found after they finished the bucket. Great place!!
Written August 2, 2020
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LadybugRiceLake_WI
Rice Lake, WI344 contributions
Aug 2020
Foggy Mountain Gem Mine is amazing for everyone! My husband and I were there by ourselves and we each bought a motherlode bucket. As adults it was so much fun to sift and swish the stones around in the water and see the colors appear, and the kids around us were having a blast and learning a lot from the workers that walk around to answer questions and provide help if needed.

When you are done you can take your loot inside and talk to staff about exact gem identification and if you want to get any stones cut they will help you decide which are best for cutting and they have a gem cutter on staff to take care of that for you (the stones are cut at a later date and shipped to you).

My husband and I were lucky enough to have Wendy go through our stones and educate us on them. She was so great with the kids in the group ahead of us that she put us at ease before we even got up to her station to have the rocks identified.

We are already planning another trip to NC next year with a bigger group and my sister and I plan on splitting a wheelbarrow! :)
Written August 10, 2020
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O1624BUcraigw
Winston Salem, NC841 contributions
Oct 2020 • Family
We took our 2 years old grandson and his parents to Foggy Mountain Gem mine. It was raining, so indoor fun was perfect. There are several separate buildings, including an indoor space for ax throwing. There is a room that is slightly askew. One feels off balance and objects seem to defy the laws of physics. There was a museum with Native American artifacts, including a large collection of arrowheads. There is a place to get a snack or have a sandwich. Great family fun.
Written October 23, 2020
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LEFlem
Birmingham, AL175 contributions
Oct 2021
We just spent a beautiful fall Saturday morning at Foggy Mountain Gem Mine. We are a family of five - kids ages 9, 7, and 5. We all split the Motherlode, and it was a good choice for us. It kept the kids busy and engaged, and no one could fight about their bucket being worse than someone else's. Everyone found plenty of gems they liked. The motherlode includes a free cut for one of your second tier gems and a free cut to one of your third tier gems. We also paid to have one of our precious stones cut. This trip was not cheap, but the kids loved it. It entertained them and took care of souvenir shopping all in one place, which was great because this was a short trip for us. Also, make sure you are wearing clothes that can get dirty. (We were headed to a wedding that afternoon, so we made sure we built in time to go back and get cleaned up after gem mining.) Also, allow time for them to sort your stones - that part is free. The cuts and polishing is what costs extra. The staff at Foggy Mountain is mostly students, and they are all friendly and helpful. With or without kids, it's a pretty fun way to spend a little time in Boone.
Written October 13, 2021
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Foggy Mountain Gem Mine is open:
  • Sun - Sat 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM