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Foggy Mountain Gem Mine

4416 Nc Highway 105 S, Boone, NC 28607-7319
+1 828-963-4367
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A lot of fun looking for little gems

My kids enjoyed sifting through our bucket looking for gems. The staff were friendly and... read more

Reviewed November 16, 2017
Ravenna, Ohio
Grandkids and fun!

We have two grandsons, 9 and 5, who absolutely love this place! The guys who work here are very... read more

Reviewed November 11, 2017
Hamptonville, North Carolina
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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.
  • Excellent69%
  • Very good26%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“stones cut” (22 reviews)
“gallon bucket” (17 reviews)
“big daddy” (16 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
4416 Nc Highway 105 S, Boone, NC 28607-7319
+1 828-963-4367
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Reviewed November 16, 2017

My kids enjoyed sifting through our bucket looking for gems. The staff were friendly and knowledgeable and we came away with quite a few pretty little treasures.

Thank buckeyebear25
Reviewed November 11, 2017

We have two grandsons, 9 and 5, who absolutely love this place! The guys who work here are very helpful and personable and seem to enjoy what they do, which helps everyone have a great time. We will definitely be back!

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Reviewed November 9, 2017 via mobile

Staff was very helpful and friendly the kids loved it. We got the small $30 bucket and split it between our three kids and these were our top picks for gem stones. We found a lot of other ones they were just small. Great place...More

Thank FFcnFF
Reviewed October 30, 2017

This was our third time sluicing for gemstones of Foggy Mountain Gem Mine. Each time we got the 5 gallon bucket. We always find lots of treasures. We've had some on the nicer stones cut, and set into jewelry. Prices are reasonable, and the products...More

Thank garris3404
Reviewed October 26, 2017 via mobile

We loved our visit staff was very helpful and knowledgeable about gem stones. Kids ages 3, 6 and 9 all really enjoyed their time here.

Thank David L
Reviewed October 21, 2017 via mobile

A great place to take kids, or just to have fun!! You might get wet so be careful what you wear. This is a super well run place to have a memorable time. It was fun watching the kids find gems in their buckets.

Thank glendale215
Reviewed October 19, 2017

This was honestly the best gem mine I have ever been to! The staff was very friendly and helpful and the $70 "Big Daddy" bucket was worth every penny! Will come back again and will be recommending this place to my friends and family!

Thank Emily P
Reviewed October 19, 2017

Gemstone hunting is not a new experience for us. We've tried just about every place we pass. When we saw this one, honestly we weren't expecting much based on the outside appearance. Shame on us for that. When we went inside, every single person working...More

Thank Lisa B
Reviewed September 3, 2017 via mobile

Daniel E was super!!! He helped us get all set-up while sifting for GEMs and assisted during the stone identification station inside. He was professional, patient with our children and very knowledgeable. This is a MUST-do when visiting Boone!

Thank kayci1113
Reviewed September 3, 2017 via mobile

This was our first experience with gem mining and I would definitely recommend this to families with elementary and middle school children. We bought the 70$ Big Daddy to split between our family of four. The employees were so helpful and demonstrated everything we needed...More

Thank Mary Ann G
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Carl S
January 7, 2018|
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Response from foggymountaingems | Property representative |
Hello Carl, to answer your question No there is no daily admittance fee. We do however charge based on the size bucket you choose to go through. Our bucket sizes and prices are as follows: Rock-hound (2 gallons) $30, Big... 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.