My wife and I love doing new things. On our recent trip to Asheville we found out about Elijah Mountain and the possibilities of gem mining! It looked fun and it sure was! It's about 30 minutes from Asheville off of I-26 and was very easy to get to. We bought a green giant bucket and found an amazing assortment of loot! Rubies, emeralds, garnets, geodes, amethyst, crystals and more. Also, the shopping there is so much fun with very good prices. This a must see if you are in the mountains!