We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Save
Share
Review Highlights
Funny way to kill some time

Roadside attraction, convenient to travel in the area. You get a bucket of dirt for $40 and then... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
George N
,
Tampa, Florida
Fun for all - a bucket of gems

Plan on visiting this place if you have kids - you will purchase a bucket already filled, and then... read more

Reviewed August 23, 2018
Lightenupfrancis17
,
Orlando, Florida
Read all 36 reviews
2
All photos (2)
Full view
Traveler Overview
  • Excellent51%
  • Very good33%
  • Average11%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible0%
Travelers talk about
“gallon bucket”(6 reviews)
“gem mining”(5 reviews)
“gems”(15 reviews)
About
Local Weather
Powered by Weather Underground
66°
44°
Oct
54°
35°
Nov
45°
28°
Dec
Contact
12121 Highway 19 W, Bryson City, NC 28713-9156
Website
+1 800-468-7238
Call
Reviews (36)
Filter reviews
36 results
Traveler rating
18
12
4
2
0
Traveler type
Time of year
LanguageEnglish
18
12
4
2
0
Show reviews that mention
All reviews gallon bucket gem mining gems rubies stone sifting crystals rocks fun mountains nantahala
FilterEnglish
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 36 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Roadside attraction, convenient to travel in the area. You get a bucket of dirt for $40 and then clean it to find hidden gem. They put random ricks into the buckets so no one is disappointed. You get about $10 worth of various gems, but...More

Thank George N
Reviewed August 23, 2018

Plan on visiting this place if you have kids - you will purchase a bucket already filled, and then head to the water trough to begin slowly sifting through your dirt. Gems are guaranteed - my 13-year old was excited to find a variety of...More

Thank Lightenupfrancis17
Reviewed July 9, 2018

This was my husband's and my 2nd time gem mining and we had so much fun again! We could easily stay all day going through buckets and pulling out true treasures. Unfortunately, the person onsite the day we went (July 6th) had only just started...More

4  Thank Susan M
Reviewed July 5, 2018 via mobile

We all had fun, ages 6 to 35!!! We found some great gems!!! A really cool place!!! Kids will really remember coming here, as they felt like they were finding treasure!!!

Thank Laura L
Reviewed June 17, 2018

We chose to go here for gem mining with our 4 year old twins based on reviews. It did not disappoint. For $45 we got a 5 gallon bucket of dirt to “mine” which we shared. We all had fun discovering a bunch of gems....More

2  Thank Yellowman15
Reviewed April 4, 2018

$45 for a 5 gallon bucket equals a great time to lay in the dirt :) I have been to another gem min in North GA and Nantahala beats them by far!! Out of that 5 gallon bucket we, collected some small rubies, emeralds, jade,...More

Thank trueblues32
Reviewed February 3, 2018 via mobile

We weren’t sure what to expect! But for $50 for a whole bucket, we were pleasantly surprised! We had a blast and got a ton of gems! So exciting and fun!

Thank Krys R
Reviewed September 6, 2017

Never went gem mining before. The gentleman got us set up, showed us what to do and before long, we had two bags of rocks. Once you're done, you take them inside and they tell you what type of "gems" you've recovered. It was a...More

2  Thank Bchcomber49
Reviewed April 19, 2017

I heard a lot of stories of house this is fake, fake, fake, but I didnt care it was something I wanted to do and am very happy I did. I found quite a few gems and proudly to them home to polish to find...More

3  Thank Rebecca D
Reviewed March 28, 2017

Nothing fancy but pretty fun. I don't think others out there think that just because it has the word Gem Mine in the name that they are visiting an actual "mine" but, I did have to explain this to the younger kids we were travelling...More

3  Thank Nawlins4LIFE
View more reviews
Nearby
Nearby HotelsSee all 10 nearby hotels
Lakeview at Fontana
249 reviews
4.80 miles away
Scenic View Motel
60 reviews
9.25 miles away
Riverbend Lodging
50 reviews
9.63 miles away
Ridge Top Motel & Campground
148 reviews
9.78 miles away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 59 nearby restaurants
Rivers End Restaurant
626 reviews
.72 miles away
Pizza By the River
62 reviews
2.20 miles away
Big Wesser
88 reviews
.71 miles away
Village Bistro
73 reviews
2.51 miles away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 64 nearby attractions
Otter Creek Trout Farm
17 reviews
4.88 miles away
Nantahala Gorge Ruby Mine
33 reviews
.33 miles away
Nantahala Outdoor Center
1,023 reviews
.73 miles away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
RickJanice S
August 9, 2017|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from Rebecca D | Reviewed this property |
its free to get it an yes you can share as many buckets as you want to buy, it really is a lot of fun, may or may not find a few gems, but like I said it is a lot of fun to sift through for your (possible) treasure
0
Votes
lilacstranger
April 17, 2017|
Answer
Response from kalebellis | Reviewed this property |
Yes, he has an extensive collection of gems. He is also a gem cutter, so you will see lots of nice gems there.
1
Vote