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Foggy Mountain Gem Mine

4416 NC Hwy 105 South, Boone, NC 28607
+1 828-963-4367
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Fun place for a hot afternoon

A great place to take kids, or just to have fun!! You might get wet so be careful what you wear... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Winston Salem, North Carolina
via mobile
Awesome Place!

This was honestly the best gem mine I have ever been to! The staff was very friendly and helpful... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Emily P
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Foggy Mountain Gem Mine has been family owned and operated for generations. We are located in the mountain community of Boone, which is in the beautiful High Country of North Carolina. We are the choice Gem Mine in our area because of the experience that is offered our guests by our knowledgeable staff, and because we offer buckets of the finest gem ore from the best gem mines in the world. You are invited to come and satisfy your craving for a gem mine adventure and experience the thrill of discovery as you pan for gems. Just like miners from the old days, you will sift through dirt and rock using water flumes to find your treasures in the safety and comfort of our year round location on Hwy 105 in Boone. Regardless of the weather, you can search for gems since we have both outside and inside flumes. Each bucket of our gem stone mix contains genuine rough gems. We guarantee a gem find every time.
  • Excellent68%
  • Very good27%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“stones cut” (21 reviews)
“gallon bucket” (16 reviews)
“big daddy” (15 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
4416 NC Hwy 105 South, Boone, NC 28607
+1 828-963-4367
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A great place to take kids, or just to have fun!! You might get wet so be careful what you wear. This is a super well run place to have a memorable time. It was fun watching the kids find gems in their buckets.

Thank glendale215
Reviewed 3 days ago

This was honestly the best gem mine I have ever been to! The staff was very friendly and helpful and the $70 "Big Daddy" bucket was worth every penny! Will come back again and will be recommending this place to my friends and family!

Thank Emily P
Reviewed 3 days ago

Gemstone hunting is not a new experience for us. We've tried just about every place we pass. When we saw this one, honestly we weren't expecting much based on the outside appearance. Shame on us for that. When we went inside, every single person working...More

Thank Lisa B
Reviewed 4 September 2017 via mobile

Daniel E was super!!! He helped us get all set-up while sifting for GEMs and assisted during the stone identification station inside. He was professional, patient with our children and very knowledgeable. This is a MUST-do when visiting Boone!

Thank kayci1113
Reviewed 3 September 2017 via mobile

This was our first experience with gem mining and I would definitely recommend this to families with elementary and middle school children. We bought the 70$ Big Daddy to split between our family of four. The employees were so helpful and demonstrated everything we needed...More

Thank Mary Ann G
Reviewed 21 August 2017 via mobile

We got the "big daddy" and split it between 5 kids for $70- we also got a visitors guide with a 10% off coupon. If that bucket isn't big enough there is a $120 bucket also but ours were happy with it. The workers were...More

1  Thank Holly G
Reviewed 19 August 2017

Small location next to a busy road, but they all are. The kids loved it. What made it good was how knowledgeable and friendly the staff were in teaching them about the different gems after they were done.

Thank JoC5845
Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

There are A LOT of gem mines in this area. We only went to this one, so I can't tell you how it compares. We went late afternoon/early evening on a weekday during the late summer, and the last half of the time we were...More

1  Thank Ginger M
Reviewed 14 August 2017

Had a lot of fun sitting on the bench looking for gems. To me it is very relaxing. The people that work there are so nice.

1  Thank tammiew101416
Reviewed 9 August 2017

Smaller than expected, and we purchased a $30 bucket of already sifted-through gems. I was surprised that there were so many granite stones and so few gems of any type, and many of those we had in our bucket were very small, almost too small...More

2  Thank H6589GVwilliams
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22 April 2017|
Response from featherlane | Reviewed this property |
You will be purchasing a "bucket" of rocks - there is a bucket size to fit any budget. One or many in your party can sift and find gems. You get to keep ALL of your gems - in fact they actually go through your discarded pile... More
Katrina S
14 April 2017|
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Response from Gary B | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can. Obviously planning is important and taking that hour or more to really enjoy the experience is important. I go in the mornings..best time and not so busy.
Julie L
28 March 2017|
Response from foggymountaingems | Property representative |
Hi Julie, We do not take reservations. We are on a first come first serve bases and normally no wait. Thank you