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exciting for young and old

I had never been to a mine before and it was great! Would definitely recommend stopping here! We... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Katha2606
Fun mining/shopping experience!

We stopped by for a fun mining experience during our trip to Little Switzerland. They also have a... read more

Reviewed December 16, 2018
Lisa M
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Creedmoor, North Carolina, United States
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Just off the Blue Ridge Parkway, about 1 hour from Asheville, NC, is Emerald Village, North Carolina’s #1 gem mining attraction! Go underground in a real mine at the NC Mining Museum. See old mining equipment and displays, and enjoy the splashing...more
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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331 McKinney Mine Rd., (near Blue Ridge Parkway), Little Switzerland, NC 28749
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+1 828-765-6463
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All reviews gem mining gift shop pan for gold museum portion mineral specimens touristy stuff rock hound fun morning gold panning educational stop fudge pretty rocks whole family self guided tour night tour staff was very friendly few hours
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I had never been to a mine before and it was great! Would definitely recommend stopping here! We had a great time and the staff was really nice and knowledgeable!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Katha2606
181alan, Owner at Emerald Village, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Emerald Village is like no other. Thanks for stopping, and for sharing your experience! We hope you can come back sometime.

Reviewed December 16, 2018

We stopped by for a fun mining experience during our trip to Little Switzerland. They also have a gift store that has some pretty items. It was a fun morning!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Lisa M
Reviewed November 7, 2018

We loved looking at all of the old equipment that was used in this mine. Lots of history and interesting items to see.

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed November 6, 2018

Have gone to many gem mines in the area and this had the best mix in the bucket for the money. Fun folksy displays of area interest in the building adjacent to the mine add to the fun.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank transplanted2016
Reviewed November 5, 2018 via mobile

We took our grandchildren for the 2nd time this year. Not only did they have fun, they gained an interest in nature. It’s a great place.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed October 2, 2018

Boys loved the visit. We had been gem mining a long time ago and wanted to recapture the fun. We took the tour and did the gift shop at Emerald Village & loved it all.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Debbie M
181alan, Owner at Emerald Village, responded to this reviewResponded October 3, 2018

We are very happy that you were very happy! Thanks for coming, and for sharing your experiences. We hope you have a Gem of a Day!

Reviewed August 12, 2018

Gret place to kill some time, get some exercise Find some pretty rocks , pan for gold , look at some antiques , have some jewelry made , spend some dough

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank William B
181alan, Owner at Emerald Village, responded to this reviewResponded August 14, 2018

It is a great place, and we are glad you came! Thanks for your comments and we hope you come back again!

Reviewed August 11, 2018

It's a little off the main highway but easy to find if you just follow the signs. They have an old mine to explore on a self-guided path. Lots of old equipment and info on the mine and materials they recovered. You can feed the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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181alan, Owner at Emerald Village, responded to this reviewResponded August 14, 2018

Thank you for your kind comments, and for having a great time at Emerald Village! That's our goal, and we love hearing from our visitors that we succeeded! We hope you come back someday!

Reviewed August 6, 2018

I travel at least twice a year just to enjoy sifting through the gemstones in the buckets. I have never been disappointed in the natural gemstones I've uncovered! I became a "rock hound " as a result. The jewelry they sell is affordable and their...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank rosemarie m
181alan, Owner at Emerald Village, responded to this reviewResponded August 14, 2018

Thank you so much for your comments. We look forward to your next visit. And yes, the fudge is the best!

Reviewed August 6, 2018

Spent the whole morning there wandering around and let the kids see all the different mining equipment and tools on display.

Date of experience: July 2018
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181alan, Owner at Emerald Village, responded to this reviewResponded August 14, 2018

We appreciate your coming, and your comments. Hope you can bring the kids back someday!

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Jamie K
July 21, 2018|
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Response from 181alan | Property representative |
On average most people spend 2 to 3 hours here. Just to see the free exhibits in the Discovery Mill building can take an hour but costs nothing!
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GregoryP1361
September 27, 2017|
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The nearby Crabtree Emerald Mine is the best place to find local Emeralds, but that is hard work. The gift shop at the Mining Museum at Emerald Village has a variety of reasonably priced local Crabtree Emerald specimens for... More
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Nana1935
September 23, 2016|
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There is no admission charge to the Gemstone Mine. There are a variety of buckets for sale starting at $10. For the adventurous there is collecting on the old mine dumps at $20 adults and $10 for students. However, most... More
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