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Foggy Mountain Gem Mine

4416 Nc Highway 105 S, Boone, NC 28607
+1 828-963-4367
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Fun for even the teen

Everyone had a great time! The teen did not want to go but got into it and had a great time! Staff... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Beltz12
via mobile
Two teenage girls = rainy day fun

We came in on a rainy day, and we opted for a big bucket. The staff members were very helpful and... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Katie K
via mobile
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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.
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  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“stones cut” (22 reviews)
“gallon bucket” (17 reviews)
“big daddy” (16 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
LOCATION
4416 Nc Highway 105 S, Boone, NC 28607
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+1 828-963-4367
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"rainy day"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Everyone had a great time! The teen did not want to go but got into it and had a great time! Staff was friendly and helpful.

Thank Beltz12
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We came in on a rainy day, and we opted for a big bucket. The staff members were very helpful and let us know about the possibilities for cutting the rocks. We came back the next day and were impressed with the results.

Thank Katie K
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Reviewed 21 March 2018

My son and I came up for a day trip to the mountains. He wanted to go gem mining and Foggy Mountain happened to be the closest to us at the time. I am so thankful that it was because we will most definitely be...More

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Reviewed 10 March 2018

The operation here was smooth and we got our bucket of rocks quickly and were able to find a sifting spot easily (though parking and getting in and out is a bit tricky). My main criticism of this place compared to others we've tried is...More

Thank Elaine M
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Reviewed 3 March 2018

We went on a misty afternoon and had a blast. The price per bucket is a bit more than I expected but we had some great finds ,particularly amethysts and garnets, even a ruby. The grandkids loved it. The staff was knowledgeable and friendly. Definitely...More

1  Thank Bobby L
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Reviewed 2 March 2018

We got the mother load and were so happy with all of the stones we found! Rubies, sapphire, emerald, garnet, tigers eye, aquamarine.I could go on and on. For the price of the mother load we got to choose two of our gems to be...More

1  Thank Jessica K
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Reviewed 2 March 2018

We went to Foggy Mountain Gem Mine for the gem mining. We enjoyed sluicing for gems and spent a couple of hours "mining". We were not rushed the entire time. Staff was readily available to help us identify gems throughout our mining. We selected two...More

Thank Joseph A
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Reviewed 13 February 2018

What a fun way to spend an hour or two. the employees are very knowledgeable. There is an outdoor and an indoor sluice for cold or rainy weather. after you mine your gems, they will educate you on what you have found. our grand kids...More

Thank PonyMan132
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Reviewed 9 February 2018

Weather forced us to do something inside. Wife coerced me to try this with our 6 and 4 year old. We all had a blast. Less than a month later we received our jewelry made from the gems my daughters mined and they are amazing....More

Thank racerx1059
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Reviewed 5 February 2018

The staff is very accommodating and knowledgeable. The weather forced us to find alternative entertainment for an 11 year old.

Thank E2213NArobinb
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Carl S
7 January 2018|
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Response from foggymountaingems | Property representative |
Hello Carl, to answer your question No there is no daily admittance fee. We do however charge based on the size bucket you choose to go through. Our bucket sizes and prices are as follows: Rock-hound (2 gallons) $30, Big... More
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taheraisl
22 April 2017|
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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
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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.
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