Emerald Village

Emerald Village, Little Switzerland: Hours, Address, Emerald Village Reviews: 4/5

Emerald Village
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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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 waterfall! Tour the Company Store, re-creating an old mining town. Visit Discovery Mill, with free displays, including the Music Museum, the Homestead Museum, the Blue Ridge model railroad display, and gift and snack shops. Spend time at our spectacular Gemstone Mine where you’ll have “buckets” of fun searching for real gems. Find colorful gems and keep them all! We also offer custom gem cutting, jewelry making, Gold Panning, night time Black Light mine tours, digging for minerals and digging for emeralds at the world-famous Crabtree Emerald Mine! You’ll have a gem of a day! Open April 1st through October 31st.
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Becca
Fleetwood, NC88 contributions
May 2021 • Family
My family and I went on the black light night tour of the mine. We arrived early and looked around the gift shop and museum. There’s lots to look at and a nice selection of unique gifts. We spent more time in there than on the tour. Since the tour was supposed to be 45 minutes long I assumed we’d be seeing quite a bit of the mine. We were only really able to see one area and were done looking after about 10 minutes. They had stations set up within that area with staff members holding black lights. For the price we paid and the 1.5 hour drive I was a little disappointed in what we were able to actually see. However, we still had a good time. The staff was great and we plan to come back for a daytime visit sometime.
Written May 29, 2021
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Erika M
13 contributions
May 2021 • Family
We bought a day package which included the self guided mine tour, the museum, and buckets to flume. It was a wonderful afternoon. The whole family enjoyed each part. The kids loved the buckets. We came back at night for the black light tour, which was beautiful and fascinating. Well worth the visit!
Written June 3, 2021
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matt6358
Deltona, FL33 contributions
Sep 2020
This business it not only a place to mine for gems and gold but offers a free ten floor museum of historic relics from over two centuries ago. It is a treasure chest of history and they offer a vast array of centuries old antiques on display for you to browse through much to our surprise and delight, but you must be able to climb many steps as these displays are on multiple levels.
If you can hack the steps you will be in awe of the amount of history this place has to offer.
I hope if they ever close this business that they contact a museum or the Smithsonian as what they have is too unbelievable to ever not be on display.
Written October 2, 2020
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Thanks for your review, and for visiting Emerald Village. We've been collecting for years and we are glad you appreciated our efforts!
Written October 4, 2020
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K M
1 contribution
May 2021 • Family
We went with some friends and had 3 young kids in total looking forward to what seemed like a fun mining experience from the website pics. HUGE letdown. The place is so over priced for what they offer. We did the rock mining is xperience and the tickets were charged per person and not per equipment. For a small piece of land with absolutely no real gems, this is grossly overpriced. The other option of buying a premade gems bag and just ‘cleaning’ them might be more cost effective.

And the black light tour was equally disappointing. There is no ‘real mine’ experience. It’s a small cave right by a little lake that has some residual chemicals / stones deposited in the cave rocks. They shed black light on there and that’s all! 25$ per ticket for this was outrageous!!

Save your money and skip this place!!
Written May 30, 2021
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I agree that $25 per ticket is outrageous! That's why we only charge $20 for the black light tour ($10 for kids). I agree that the dig your own experience is definitely not for everyone. Over 54 gems and minerals do naturally occur in these mines but you have to work and dig for them; they won't just jump in your bucket! Buying a prepared gem bucket is definitely easier and more productive. That's why we offer more options than you realize! Thanks for coming and Happier Hunting in your other adventures!
Written September 6, 2021
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Patpar
Statesboro, GA6 contributions
Jul 2020
First at Emerald village my family and i panned for gold. We purchased the $25 bag of gold ore and found about 8 pieces of gold. We were a little disappointed, but one piece was a nice size. Our second adventure was a $35 gem bucket. We were terrible disappointed by the number of rocks/gems we found in the sand. We found one big tiger eye, a few medium size stones, but the majority were small and the variety was limited. The staff was friendly and helpful. As experienced rock/gem hounds Emerald Village was very disappointing in what we found and experienced.
Written August 3, 2020
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Heather V
Atlanta, GA2 contributions
Sep 2021 • Family
This trip was planned kind of last minute and it turned out to be one of our best family trips (parents with two 6 year old girls). We spent a couple of hours exploring the mine, searching for gems, and going through the museum. Our girls kept saying it was the best day ever, which is music to my ears! Our two dogs were welcome everywhere, and the staff was super friendly!
Written September 5, 2021
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Thank you for coming and having a good time!
Written September 6, 2021
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bubba3122
York, PA195 contributions
Apr 2021
We had stopped at other "Gem Mines" and all they wanted was for you to buy a bucket and pan for your valuable rocks. This place was more than that and offered a real glimpse into the past and the mining industry. We were so happy we followed the signs to get here. It's off the beaten path a bit but don't worry, you'll be rewarded. The museum and the grounds are well worth the price of admission.
Written April 23, 2021
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modernlizbennet
Raleigh, NC543 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
Five star experience because the staff is so helpful and knowledgeable. After an hour of fun digging through the dirt, I wondered if anything I found was worthwhile. They were completely up front about the pros and cons of my finds and no pressure to buy anything additional. Great panning experience.
Written November 1, 2021
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S.Neblett
Clemmons, NC1 contribution
May 2021 • Family
Kids were very disappointed with the glow in the dark tour. Not worth the 2 hour drive there, maybe if your local. There was a few people holding black lights against the wall. We only spent about 10 minutes in the mine. Expected more. Skip the night tour and go during the day, much better experience then sifting for gems with the kids.
Written May 30, 2021
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tumbleweedchris
Richland, WA793 contributions
Oct 2020
I stopped by Emerald Village on a day drive down Blue Ridge. It's just a quick hop off the Parkway and worth a stop. The best part about it is that your visit can be completely free if you want it to be. I've always thought the gem panning was a little silly (dowsing rocks with water), but I suppose kids may like it. For what it's worth, this appeared to be higher quality than most of the other roadside gem stores you'll find in Western Carolina. Anywho, what I really liked about this place is the free quirk museums. While this attraction is not on Roadside America, it probably should be. Among the displays you will find here are dioramas, working train sets, blacklight gems, mannequins, old music equipment, and lots of other random old things. It's definitely worth the stop to check these out. You can also walk up to the mine if you want to take a closer look. There's not many roadside attractions like this on the Parkway, so if you are into that, stop and have a peek.
Written October 26, 2020
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  • Sun - Sat 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM