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Foggy Mountain Gem Mine

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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We took grandkids and friends. The kids had a great time playing in the muddy water while panning... read more

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Our kids, ages 5, 7 & 12, loved it. We paid for a bucket of rocks and each child was able to do his... read more

Reviewed December 15, 2018
Jacksonville, FL
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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...more
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4416 Nc Highway 105 S, Boone, NC 28607
+1 828-963-4367
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Reviewed yesterday

We took grandkids and friends. The kids had a great time playing in the muddy water while panning for gems. They thought it was worth it, and I agree. The staff was pleasant, there was no wait, and the kids really enjoyed having their gems...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed December 15, 2018

Our kids, ages 5, 7 & 12, loved it. We paid for a bucket of rocks and each child was able to do his own thing. Our 7YO was learning about rocks in school so the gem mine was educational as well as enjoyable. It's...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank whatwyatt
Reviewed December 3, 2018

The adults enjoyed this as much as my teenager. Bought the small bucket for $30. Found lots of stones. Had an amethyst ring and a sodalite pendant (both set in sterling silver) made from our finds which are very meaningful souvenirs from our trip. Staff...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank Bellabelle1
Reviewed November 25, 2018 via mobile

Our kids were driving us crazy once again to gem mine. We had a great time as always and the wife purchased some earrings to be made and sent to us. We have previously ordered a necklace from them with no issue. Just a great...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Ben J
Reviewed November 25, 2018 via mobile

The kids enjoyed their 5-gallon bucket worth of gem mining. Our son loves geology and had a really good time sharing his knowledge with our family. It was his peak of the trip! Staff were friendly and knowledgeable but felt like we got the same...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank ibdqt34
Reviewed November 13, 2018 via mobile

This was a great activity to do with the kids. Our two kids shared a bucket. At the end of mining our bucket they went through all the gems and told us what they were. That was really cool. You have the option for them...More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank RyanH366
Reviewed November 10, 2018 via mobile

We did a middle sized bucket with our two kids and it was perfect! They had a wonderful time and it got my 12 year old interested in geology! The staff do a great job of educating in a fun way. Highly recommend for all...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank dtetown
Reviewed October 23, 2018

Gem mining is great fun especially when you uncover a gigantic ruby or emerald. We got lucky at this place and found some great stones. The staff is available to help identify the good ones and give you a good price for turning what you...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Joanwilder95
Reviewed October 16, 2018 via mobile

My daughter and I stopped here on our way home and loved it! We found so many stones and the staff was very friendly and explained everything to us before and after we found the stones. Plan on returning next time we are in town.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank gerdiesi2016
Reviewed September 24, 2018

We stayed the night in Boone and the wife decided this would be a great stop before extending our Blue Ridge Parkway odyssey. I had no idea. We were the only ones (of 3) who didn't have a kid, so I felt out of place....More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Carl S
January 7, 2018|
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Response from Ambassador205589 | Reviewed this property |
You get buckets. Depending on the size is the price. We have done this for years and I can't count on how many times we have gone to foggy mountain but always get the mother loads which I believe is $110 a 5 gal bucket I... More
April 21, 2017|
Response from featherlane | Reviewed this property |
You will be purchasing a "bucket" of rocks - there is a bucket size to fit any budget. One or many in your party can sift and find gems. You get to keep ALL of your gems - in fact they actually go through your discarded pile... More
Katrina S
April 13, 2017|
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Response from Gary B | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can. Obviously planning is important and taking that hour or more to really enjoy the experience is important. I go in the mornings..best time and not so busy.