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Gem Mountain

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Had great fun!

Our group of teachers and retired teachers had a blast with our buckets! Rock are part of the 3rd... read more

Reviewed July 3, 2018
Janet D
Hinesville, Georgia, United States
You're now a Gem Miner!

There are two ways of mining there. One is to get a bucket of gravel and sort through it to glean... read more

Reviewed August 24, 2018
Erie, Michigan
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We offer gem mining at it's best! You can mine the buckets here at the flume line or you can take the 4 hour trip out to the mine to dig your own. The mine trips do require a reservation. You can do the mining at the flume rain or shine. We also...more
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13780 Highway 226 S, Spruce Pine, NC 28777-6343
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Reviewed August 24, 2018

There are two ways of mining there. One is to get a bucket of gravel and sort through it to glean out you precious findings and the other is to get on a bus and travel back into the woods, up a hill, to a...More

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank Enyaw42
Reviewed August 1, 2018

Ordered the Carolina Bucket (5 gallon bucket w/ 2 free cuts). There is a sign that warns you of bucket sharing. If you have a large bucket only 5 people can share! If I pay for it, I will not be told how I can...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Chris B
Reviewed July 11, 2018 via mobile

This is a lot of fun for couples, families with children/teenagers, and senior adults. It’s a family run business and the staff is friendly, knowledgeable and checks on you, asking if you have questions or need anything!! This is a must stop for all ages!!!...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Jennifer M
Reviewed July 9, 2018

We arrived around 11 am and had so much fun we ended up spending 5 hours! My two daughters age 11 & 18 and my husband ended up having lunch there as well ( hotdogs & icecream). We have never been gem mining before but...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed July 3, 2018

Our group of teachers and retired teachers had a blast with our buckets! Rock are part of the 3rd grade curriculum so those teachers had to pay close attention to their finds. We waited out a rain storm and found some really great gems! The...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Janet D
Reviewed June 25, 2018

Was so much fun, and we did find many good gemstones. They have different sized buckets, and the most expensive has the best stones.

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed April 23, 2018

We went on a mining trip to the Aquamarine Mine. Our group ranged from 8 to 65 years old, and everyone would definitely return. The mining trips do have to be arranged in advance but are worth the time and expense. The gentleman who manages...More

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank Kristi K
Reviewed April 9, 2018

I had zero expectations for this excursion. The 6-year-old in our group loves shells, rocks and gems, so I was just "along for the ride" on this one. Turns out, I loved it and will be gem mining again in the future. We took the...More

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank Courtney P
fox1234, Manager at Gem Mountain, responded to this reviewResponded April 10, 2018

Hi! Thank you for the review. I'm so glad you had a great time and look forward to seeing you again. I'm sorry about the time before you all left. We have a display that we usually suggest you look at before you leave. Also,...More

Reviewed April 1, 2018 via mobile

We stopped by on a Monday afternoon and nearly had the place to ourselves! The staff were super nice. The young man (we forgot to get his name!) was great - he checked on us often and took time to see what we had found....More

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank MindyLynn731
Reviewed December 31, 2017

We stopped with a family group of nine people and bought the $500 barrel. It took us a couple of hours to get through it and recovered a variety of gems and minerals. All of us had a great time, and some in our group...More

Date of experience: December 2017
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May 21, 2017|
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Response from fox1234 | Property representative |
Hi! There is no set time to do the flume mining. Some people stay all day and some an hour or 2. The mine trips are around 4 hours. The mine trip does require a reservation. If you have any more questions please call us at... More
arley g
July 10, 2015|
Response from Genie M | Reviewed this property |
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