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The mining experience was awesome - even adults get carried away in the fun of seeking out hidden treasure and sifting the sand in the mill as you discover beautiful crystals, minerals, geodes and fossils.
My college friends and I all had a blast mining and Kyle was super awesome and even gave us some leftover geodes other people didn’t want!! Goats were super cute and it’s a cute homey place!!
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Me and my dad went to this gem mining place expecting just an average experience and to get a couple cool rocks, but we were blown away by the niceness and awesomeness of the worker and the amazing experience we h...
They are very knowledgeable about the science, history, geology, and everything else that goes into how these little rocks become something so unique.
We visited 2 different gem mining places while in Boone, hands down, Foggy Mountain Gem Mining is the place to spend your time and money, awesome staff, great finds in our bucket, super chill atmosphere.
This place rocks, kids of all ages have a great time here and my daughter sure enjoyed her visit here she did buy one bucket and got some beautiful jams out of her for her efforts of mining.
BEST Gem Mine in Franklin NC!! Great Experience, Helpful Owners, Lots of Gems & Rocks!!
They also have native dirt that has been generously salted, fantastic things inside!!! (My brother chose that option) The owners are super friendly, pleasant and very knowledgeable of your finds.
... a book to the kids, facilitated the mining and gem education experience, made sure we all got through the fossil museum, assisted with clean up, and made sure that my special guy had a great day with his friends.
We take an annual trip to Blowing Rock with our two grandchildren, ages 9 and 7. We start out with a day at Tweetsie Railroad, then the next day, we must make a stop at Doc's Rocks.
Hubs and I went to this mine on a day when it was a bit overcast and it even rained a few times Perfect weather to look for gems in muddy water $30.00 gets you all the dirt you can handle The earlier you come the...
This year, my wife and I had a much better experience thanks to their flume assistant, Tom, who eagerly shared his mining experience with all of us and discovered many gems that we had overlooked.
We love to gem mine and have tried this in various locations throughout the southeast US - this was BY FAR our best experience.
We purchased a family bucket for $30 and were able to find so many beautiful gemstones including a quite big amethyst.
The Old Cardinal Gem Mine is family owned and operated by one of the nicest families you'll ever meet.
Loved it, if you want an authentic gem mining experience, this is the place to be.
We had a great time at Cherokee Mine - Matt and Lisa were super helpful and taught us a lot about the gems that are to be found in the area as well as geology in general.
Always love the mining experience because the staff (Matt, Lisa and Stan) is so friendly and helpful and committed to customer comfort and quality service.

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Little Switzerland
Our kids had an absolute blast; it was the perfect way to stretch our legs from the road trip and get our hands busy doing a focused, educational, and fun project.
There's a great gemstone sluice behind the gift shop with several sized buckets available each with a generous selection of crystals & gemstones to sift thorugh.
Nice place for a field trip and they will have someone come out and tell you all about the history of gem mining and gems in the state if you let them know you are coming ahead of time.
We walked the short path thriugh the woods to the creek and had a blast in the creek- the water clear and was a little chilly at first then comfortable.
I did and I got a nice return of gems that I cut myself with the instruction from Elaine and using their equipment I was able to make a flawless round brilliant 9 carat gem for the first time in my life.
Although there are numerous gem mines in Mitchell County, I would recommend Rio Doce as your first choice to experience gem mining and then perhaps buy a comparable bucket from other shops and see the difference f...
Our family went to Gem Mountain at the end of November 2019 and although the ground was too frozen to do the mining tour bought the Family Mixed bucket and an Aquamarine bucket to sluice and was glad as it was hea...
We each came back with a loaded bucket of amazing rocks and lots and lots of quality gems - aquamarine, black tourmaline, quartz and garnets.
The workers were very polite and helpful in identifying the gem types as well as offering the opportunity to have our gems cut into various forms of jewelry.
Gem mining
United States
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